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Louisburg athletes disciplined differently after alleged assault

Posted March 15, 2012 9:10 p.m. EDT
Updated March 15, 2012 11:13 p.m. EDT

— 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.

"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.