Elementary student brings booze to class in Livonia, then shares a drink with four students

LIVONIA, Mich. – Parents were outraged after an elementary student brought alcohol to class and made other students drink it.

Local 4 News learns the student shared the drink with four other students.

The parents were baffled by how something like this could happen.

A plastic bottle similar to what is seen in the video player above is what parents say kindergarten brought to class. The small bottle contains just over 10% alcohol.

The school immediately contacted the parents of the five students involved.

“There were so many thoughts going through my mind like oh my god, you know, and if it was open before the girl brought it to school, how much was it,” the parent said Alexis Smith.

Smith says she received a call from her daughter’s school, Grand River Academy, Thursday morning, April 14. The school had informed her that a kindergartener had brought a pre-mixed bottle of Jose Cuervo to class and shared it with four classmates, one of whom was Smith’s five-year-old child. .

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“I asked her, like, ‘is my daughter okay,'” Smith said. “The teacher said ‘she’s right there, and she looks fine’. And then I said, ‘okay, well, how much is she drinking?’ »

The school could not give Smith a definitive answer.

“My daughter is on medication,” Smith said. “First of all, no child should drink, and you know, just the shock itself, it burns. How does it feel, like something could have happened.

Smith picked up her daughter early from school.

Later that day, the director sent a letter:

“Dear Kindergarten Families of Grand River Academy,

This letter is to inform you of an incident that occurred in your child’s class today. A student brought a pre-mixed alcoholic beverage to school, which was shared with a few other students

Upon learning of this, the school administration followed appropriate medical protocols and the parents of the students involved were contacted immediately. Disciplinary action will be taken in accordance with the student code of conduct. For more information on our policy on illegal substances, see pages 26 and 27 of the Parent-Student Handbook.

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Student privacy laws prevent me from sharing specific details. What I can share is that the safety and well-being of our school community remains a priority, which is why we immediately addressed the situation.

School leaders aim to ensure that all students make safe and intelligent choices, and we actively encourage them to practice ‘hear something, see something, say something’.

Thank you for your continued support of Grand River Academy. If you have any questions, please contact the school office at (248) 893-6100 or our Parent Relations team at (877) 642-7471.

And while school was closed on Friday, Smith said her daughter would not be back Monday.

“It’s so heartbreaking,” Smith said. “I feel like her first year of kindergarten has already been cut short due to COVID, and situations like this only make it worse.”

A school spokesperson said:

“We understand the fears and frustrations of our parents. A student brought a single-serve premixed alcoholic beverage marketed as adult lemonade to school and shared it with four classmates. While we try to keep tabs on everything our students bring to school, it’s just not possible. It’s unfortunate that these types of adult drinks can be easily confused with kid-friendly drinks.

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School staff noticed the drink and immediately addressed the situation, including consulting medical professionals at the poison control center and calling the parents of the children involved.

We are grateful that no student became ill or required medical attention..

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