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ARLINGTON, Tenn. (FOX13) -

Shelby County School System confirms to FOX 13 that a number of Arlington High School football players are suspended from the team after a school investigation revealed they were drinking alcohol served to them by a booster member.

The incident occurred at a party at booster member Abdul "Ray" Ghazali's home during the weekend, according to SCS officials. The school system tells FOX 13 that Arlington High School's principal and coach learned about the incident after overhearing players talking about the party earlier this week.

SCS said Ghazali is not employed with the school system and has no official position with the AHS football team. The school system added that Ghazali resigned from the booster club following this incident.

One mother of a suspended player, who did not want to be named, told FOX 13, "None of this happened on school property, so they can punish the students for doing something off school property but nothing can be done about the parent who supplied it to them? That doesn't make any sense to me."

During a phone call with FOX 13, Ghazali said he has "no comment" at this time regarding the incident.

The mother who spoke with FOX 13 said what is leaving other parents stunned as well is Ghazali's Twitter account, which has since been taken down. Some Tweets the parents showed FOX 13 read "your mom turns tricks" and "that's what y'all's moms for, I just sex them." Parents said other tweets were much vulgar.

"He was tweeting football players nasty things regarding their mom for instance. And I read that and it just made my stomach turn," said the mother, "A parent of that age, a person who's an adult, with four children should never speak to children the way he's speaking to them."

Arlington High School's game against Cordova High School was still played as planned, despite being without the suspended players.

The football players in question are suspended from the team, but SCS said the players are still in class. The school system added that more disciplinary action may be taken as the investigation continues.

On Friday, the Shelby County Sheriff's Office said they were also going to start an investigation into the party involving the football players and Ghazali. No update from the sheriff's office was available by Saturday night.

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