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Fight at Mill Creek vs. Dacula Game Leads to Underage Drinking Arrest

Police called after school resource officer broke up fight and determined student had been drinking.

A fight at the Aug. 31 Mill Creek versus Dacula football game led to the arrest of a Buford teen on a charge of underage consumption of alcohol.

Gwinnett County Police were called to the stadium after a school administrator broke up a fight between Shamiek Johnson, 17, and another high school student. The school resource officer also responded to the scene and, after noticing an odor of alcoholic beverage on Johnson’s breath, used an alco sensor to determine if the teen, who is listed in the police report as a MCHS student, had been drinking. According to the Gwinnett County Police report, the alco sensor reading was .096.

The GCPD officer placed Johnson under arrest for underage consumption of alcohol. While enroute to the jail, Johnson reportedly advised the officer that he had been drinking beer and that his parents knew he had been drinking.

Johnson was released the following day on a $135 bond. 

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DaculaHood September 06, 2012 at 11:58 AM
Thanks Kristi, my daughter told me there was a "drug bust" at Dacula middle school yesterday with a couple kids being arrested. Got anything factual on this?
Kristi Reed (Editor) September 06, 2012 at 12:59 PM
Haven't heard anything, but I will check into it.
Ex-customer September 06, 2012 at 03:59 PM
Oh how they start younger and younger.. I wonder if he was one of those kids that has the parent who always says " My son is a good boy and doesn"t cause any trouble " Hey mom look at me now !!! Does anyone else get tired of hearing people praise the schools around here and then read crap like this with the drinking and the drug issues ??
Elizabeth September 06, 2012 at 07:32 PM
It is not the schools who cause "stuff" like this. Most times, it is not the fault of the parents. The resonsibility lies with the kids. They are choosing their own friends, and they are making their own choices. Ultimately, not only they, but their families and society in general will suffer the consequences.
Mary K. September 06, 2012 at 09:07 PM
Drinking at a football game takes nothing away from how great the schools are. Mill Creek and Dacula ARE great schools (though I'm biased towards MCHS!!). The poor choices of individual teenagers, especially outside of school hours, doesn't diminish the fact that both of these high schools are places of high academic and extracurricular excellence. When you have over 3,500 teenagers (as Mill Creek does) in one school, you cannot expect each and every one to behave perfectly at all times. Teenage years are one for personal exploration and growth, and often for making mistakes. We ARE very fortunate to live and work in a community that houses two amazing high schools. EVERY high school, public or private, no matter where it is located, will have issues of some sort at some time. It is the "nature of the beast" when you have large groups of teenagers congregating together on a daily basis. Teachers, administrators, and parents typically do the best they can to avoid any issues; however, teenagers are often is a position of acting on their own free will. So to answer your question, NO, I never get tired of hearing people praise the schools around here. And the drinking and drug issues are bad, but aren't related to the quality of the schools.
Ed Varn September 06, 2012 at 09:38 PM
I always find it funny that any time an incident happens at Mill Creek, it's all over the news. But your rarely read of any incidents happening at other high schools in the county. Selective reporting or is Mill Creek that dangerous? You decide. Remember a few years back when Brookwood students got the galleys for their yearbook and added anti-Semitic slogans that got printed? As soon as it became public, it quickly disappeared. Maybe MCHS needs to hire a good PR person.
Lynn September 06, 2012 at 10:47 PM
Nothing has changed in 30 years. Teens make choices and they will have consequences to pay for their actions.
Ex-customer September 07, 2012 at 01:14 AM
Your right Mary... Drinking at a high school football game takes nothing away from a school's greatness or educational rating... We are in the south... Its expected ,, So is chewing dip , Driving big trucks and getting married to your sister.... What are you thinking ????? Where is security ?? With all the issues there are with High school sports in the south here they should have police patrol , security ETC. people are more interested in sports here than actual education... This are is no different than inner city ATL.. Same book just a different cover.
Cindy September 07, 2012 at 05:04 AM
Mary K., I agree with you. I have worked at MCHS and know that it is a superb school. I was apprehensive going into the large school, but found it was a wonderful atmosphere, safe, and didn't seem as big as it is. Everything is carried out orderly, students are generally fairly quiet and respectful in hallways and classrooms, and the teachers are excellent. I can't say enough about our great school. We do not control people to the point that we can force them to make good choices. That is why there is a school resource officer in all our high schools.....to assist and help ensure as safe an environment as possible. It galls me to hear folks talking about "school choice" and "failing schools". They know nothing at all about the reality of standardized scores, T-scores, and percentile rankings....or they would know there is no such thing as a "failing school". School choice? We already have it. You have a choice to send your child to a public school or educate your child in another way. It's your choice!!! Sorry....off the subject a little, but had to say it. My family in another part of the state exercised their freedom of school choice and sent their children to private school. Of course, they paid for the private school, but that was their CHOICE of education. Public schools are funded by tax dollars and are for all students. If someone wants a different school, pay for private school or MOVE to the school district that has the school of your CHOICE! :)
Cindy September 07, 2012 at 05:11 AM
Dr. Jim Markham is an excellent principal who requires a certain level of behavior from students. It is because of his wonderful leadership that MCHS is as great as it is today. He does not put up with all the crap that other administrators do. As a result, MCHS is, perhaps, the best school in the county. I am impressed! You are right when you say things that happen there are in the news quickly. Maybe it is because things like the drinking incident rarely happen.....and when they do it is big news. At other schools I have been in, these types of incidents occur daily. No big news there.....happens all the time. I agree, Ed, that MCHS seems unfairly targeted, but I guess it's good we know what is happening in our local HS. Now, I think we need similar reporting about the other high schools in the county. Let's stop hiding the truth from the citizens!!! I dread what may happen at MCHS when Dr. Markham retires and someone else is sent. These younger administrators don't tend to live up to Dr. Markham's caliber. They tolerate far too much from the students. Another smaller local HS is a prime example. Been there....seen it.....didn't like it.
Cindy September 07, 2012 at 05:18 AM
Ex-Customer, you are touched in the head....in a bad way. You don't know Gwinnett County, and you don't know MCHS! We, in Gwinnett, don't marry our siblings, and for your information, the security IS there and WAS there....and that's why the student was arrested. No one caught this kid drinking at the game, but he smelled of alcohol and admitted to drinking beer. This is FAR from inner city Atlanta, I'll have you know. And just for your uninformed brain, people at MCHS are NOT more interested in sports than in education. Your comment shows clearly you know nothing at all about the education that goes on in our county and at MCHS. Interesting how you make such accusations when you know absolutely nothing about what you are talking about. I cannot tolerate such comments and ignorance without speaking what I know to be facts in this situation. The quality of education offered in Gwinnett is very, very good. If the adults in this county took the same tests that our students take, I wager that most of them would easily FAIL. Try it, then come back with your uninformed comments!
American Patriot September 07, 2012 at 11:42 AM
I know I am going to catch a lot for this post. Don't get me wrong I am not advocating underage drinking especially drinking and driving. But drinking before school events is all part of growing up in America. Most of us have done it. We have all seen boys fight in HS as long as it is with fists I have no problem with it. From my experience usually the winners of these battles find out that there really are no winners and hopefully they learned their lesson. Thankfully it was not girls fighting. Perhaps I would have a different opinion.
M.K. OSBORNE September 07, 2012 at 03:30 PM
I agree Patriot ! This is not even newsworthy .
Former Gwinnett parent November 02, 2012 at 10:31 PM
It"s the parents in Gwinnett County.....They just don't get it ! Period!!!
David November 02, 2012 at 10:57 PM
I agree. The parents in Gwinnett are rich Republicans. One per centers. If they had to pay taxes like the rest of the world, their kids wouldn't act like hoodlums. I can't wait until Obama is re-elected and takes over the education system in GA. This mess needs straightened out NOW!
Cindy November 04, 2012 at 11:42 PM
David, you could not be farther off-base. Where do you live? The so-called "Rich Republicans" are middle-class families who pay a whole lot in taxes--actually more than our fair share--because we are paying for some who have learned to screw the system to keep from working. Obama has had 4 years--4 years of failed economics, failed policies, and 4 years of driving us closer to a socialist republic. We are 16 trillion dollares in debt, and I wonder if we will ever recover. Michelle has been allowed to take 16 major vacations costing taxpayers over $10 million. If we are a socialist/communist/Marxist country, as Obama wishes us to be, then he can take over education and everything else--but that does not mean it will be good. It is time for real change--not socialist / communist "change". Your term "one percenters" gave you away. Socialist rhetoric. By the way, the hoodlums I have had contact with in this area are those who moved here from somewhere else-with the parents claiming they were moving to "get away from gangs". They neglected their children where they were and they neglect them here. They let them run wild in the streets, do their own thing, and fail to realize moving did nothing for their children, as the children, and parents' lack of parenting, have caused the problems. By the way, these are not "rich" families, either. They are middle-class families where the parents work, but should be taking responsibility for their teens and monitoring their every move.
David November 05, 2012 at 12:38 AM
I live in Sugarloaf. Where do you live?

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