Based on data from the Okaloosa and Walton County Sheriff’s offices in Florida, the Walton Sun compiled a list of the top 10 colleges and another of the top 10 high schools with the highest number of underage drinking arrests during spring break 2017.
Centennial High School was second on the high school list.
“In the high school list, Huntsville High School in Huntsville, Alabama, and St. James High School in Montgomery, Alabama, are tied for first with 17 arrests. They are followed by Centennial High School in Franklin, Tennessee, and Montgomery Academy of Montgomery, Alabama, with 13 arrests.”
Independence High School was number nine on the list.
Okaloosa County covers the gulf coast of Florida to the state line with Alabama, including the popular vacation spot of Destin. Walton County covers the area to the east of Okaloosa County, including Santa Rosa, Miramar, and Sandestin Beaches.
According to the Sun, both sheriff’s offices have tried to make spring break visitors aware of their strict zero-tolerance policies, They sent letters to colleges and high schools across the Southeast, flashed “Drink Underage, Get Arrested” signs on roads in both counties and blasted the message on social media, Still, more than 600 spring breakers have still been arrested so far for underage drinking.
The Top 10 colleges for spring break arrests according to The Sun are:
10. Mississippi State University
9. Sewanee: University of the South
8. Georgia Tech
7. Texas A&M
6. University of Georgia
5. Ole Miss
4. University of North Alabama
3. Auburn University
2. University of Alabama
1. University of South Carolina