Assistant Principal, Teacher Accused of Selling Beer to South Carolina Students

An assistant high school principal and his wife — a middle school teacher — were accused Wednesday of throwing a summer keg party where students paid $5 to drink, officials said.

John and Mary Clark turned themselves in to police and were charged with contributing to the delinquency of a minor, presecutor Jerry Peace said.

John Clark, 54, is an assistant principal at Newberry High School. Mary Clark, 52, teaches at Newberry Middle School.

Both were booked Wednesday and could not be reached for comment.

The Clarks are on paid administrative leave, said Bennie Bennett, the superintendent of the Newberry County School District.

The charges stem from a summer party the Clarks threw at their lake house in 2006, Peace said.

Peace didn't know how many students attended the party or their ages, he said.

Beer was served from kegs, and students also said they drank some type of spiked punch, Peace said.

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