Three employees of LaFayette High School, including a LaFayette, Ga., councilman, and a fourth man were arrested at Southeast Whitfield High School on Friday night for possession of alcoholic beverages on school grounds, according to Whitfield County Sheriff Scott Chitwood.
Whitfield officials said Michael Dunfee, Norman Hodge, James Neal and another unnamed man were booked on possession of alcoholic beverages on school grounds.
According to the Georgia High School Athletics Association Web site, Mr. Dunfee is the baseball coach at LaFayette. Mr. Hodge is an assistant coach at the school and is also a member of the LaFayette City Council. Mr. Neal’s position at the school is not known.
LaFayette High School teacher Andy Arnold said he was surprised by what he had heard but said he believed his colleagues will eventually be exonerated.
“I’m pretty sure that evidence will show that they were not in possession of alcohol,” he said.
Mr. Arnold also sits on the City Council with Mr. Hodge and coaches boys soccer for the high school.
Elaine Womack, coordinator of public information for the Walker County School District said the incident was under investigation as a “personnel issue.”
“It will be a personnel issue and of course you know personnel issues cannot be discussed,” she said.
The Whitfield County School District also declined to comment.
Whitfield sheriff’s department officials said the men posted a $750 bond around 10 p.m. Friday and will learn about their court date through a notice in the mail.