Permian High School Debate Team students could face suspensions

Staff Report
NewsWest 9

Some Permian High Debate Team Students could face suspension or be sent to alternative school, after getting caught with booze on a school trip Friday.

That's according to the school district.

State troopers say some students admitted to drinking on the trip to a debate competition in Abilene.

They were caught just outside of Tye, west of Abilene.

According to troopers, they saw an Ector County school bus stopped on the access road of I-20, and stopped to make sure everything was okay.

They found several students vomiting on the side of the road.

One girl was found unconcious on the bus, and was taken away by an ambulance.

At first students told the troopers, fumes from the engine were making them sick.

After questioning the students, they admitted to drinking everclear, which is twice as strong as vodka or rum.

Half of the students on the bus got tickets for either minor in possesion or minor consuming alcohol.

The school district will now decide their punishment on a case by case basis.

The team didn't make it to thier debate.