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Louisburg athletes disciplined differently after alleged assault

Posted March 15, 2012

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— Two players on the Louisburg College women's basketball team face assault charges, and one of them is benched, as the team prepares to play in the National Junior College Athletic Association championship.

Police reports show Kiara Faith Cruse, 19, and Brittney Merriweather, 18, both face simple assault charges for hitting another Louisburg student on the head on Feb. 29, but the women are being disciplined differently. 

Cruse and Merriweather both play for the Hurricanes, winners of their regional tournament last weekend. The team begins play for the national championship next Wednesday in Illinois.  

Cruse has not been allowed to play since she was charged, but Merriweather has. School officials say Merriweather attempted to break up the fight and that's why they allowed her to continue playing games.

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"We understand from our athletic director there are no guidelines that prevent a student who's been charged with a crime from continuing to play," said Jason Modlin, vice president for student life.

Modlin said the school was investigating the issue, and he said student safety is the top priority.

College president Dr. Mark La Branche issued this statement: 

We are looking into these allegations and investigating the matter and will take, and have taken, appropriate action. These allegations are not an accurate reflection of our students or our team, and we are looking forward to cheering them on as they participate in the National Tournament next week in Peoria, Illinois.


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  • JOBA RULES Mar 16, 2012

    As a former student and employee of Louisburg College every incident and persons involved in the incident is handled by a case by case which is fair and it appears this is the way it was handled. So I applaud Jason Modlin and the college for handling it properly. The only question I have is why in the world is this even news. This is a minor incident that WRAL should not have worried about. Instead of pulling out the negatives let's cheer on the men and women of both basketball teams for going to nationals and let's praise the men's baseball team for being ranked number 1 in the country. Stop taking away from these students and look out the accomplishments instead of trying to make news cheer them on!

  • Coach K is still GREAT Mar 16, 2012

    Good ole Lou-U... went there 20 years ago... I understandthat they were having some financial problems... go to see they are still around; however not good news about these athletes...

    purplezbra93... are there still patries at "The Mill"??? ;)

  • purplezbra93 Mar 16, 2012

    I'm a student at Louisburg College and had no idea that this was going on.

  • davisgw Mar 16, 2012

    Appears to be a double standard applied here. I smell a lawsuit coming on.

  • Crumps Br0ther Mar 16, 2012

    How do you get charged with assault if you were trying to break up the fight?

  • kermit60 Mar 16, 2012

    They should fit well into the "professional" ranks.

  • walrus1949 Mar 16, 2012

    At least one school/board has some common sense

  • nashville Mar 16, 2012

    How ladylike.