Delaware state lacrosse team bus stopped and searched in Georgia

A college women’s lacrosse team feels traumatized after their charter bus was stopped by police while traveling through Georgia, an incident that infuriated the school’s president.

The Delaware State University women’s lacrosse team was traveling north on I-95 in Liberty County, Georgia, southwest of Savannah, on April 20. The Hornets were returning home after playing their final game of the season at Stetson University in Deland, Fla. on April 19.

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Bus driver Tim Jones was first told he was traveling inappropriately in the left lane when the bus was stopped, according to DSU student publication The Hornet Newspaper and its website thehornetonline.com. The incident was first detailed in an article published Friday and written by Sydney Anderson, a second-year lacrosse player who was on the bus.

Liberty County, Georgia deputies search the luggage of the Delaware State women's lacrosse team in a photo taken by a player from the bus.

The video accompanying the story taken by DSU player Saniya Craft shows an officer saying, “If there’s anything in your luggage, we’re probably going to find it, okay? I’m not looking for some marijuana but I ‘ I’m pretty sure your guys’ chaperones are probably going to be disappointed if we find any.”

By then, Liberty County Sheriff’s Office deputies had begun removing the players’ bags from the vehicle’s cargo hold to search them after asking Jones to open it. Police had a drug-sniffing dog on the scene.

The deputies knew that the people on board were part of a lacrosse team.

“If there’s anything in there that’s questionable,” said the deputy speaking on the bus, “please tell me now, because if we find it, guess what? We cannot help you.”

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