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School calls poison control after kindergartener brings and shares tequila drink with classmates

School calls poison control after kindergartener brings and shares tequila drink with classmates

Parents are understandably furious with officials at the Grand River Academy, wondering how they could have let this happen.

Chaos broke out at a Michigan school after a kindergarten student brought a premixed alcoholic beverage to school and even shared it with many of their classmates. Now officials at the Grand River Academy in Livonia have decided to take disciplinary measures. Parents of the students who ended up consuming the drink were left concerned after hearing the news, including a 5-year-old's mother Alexis Smith. School authorities called her up on Thursday morning to deliver the shocking news. 

Smith recalls being told how a student brought a premixed bottle of Jose Cuervo to class and that her daughter was one of four kids with whom the drink was shared at snack time. "I asked her, like, 'Is my daughter okay?' The teacher said, 'She's right here, and she looks okay.' Smith told NBC affiliate WDIV-TV of the conversation.



 

However, when she asked about the specifics Smith was left with more questions. "And then I said, 'Okay, well, how much did she drink?'" she recalled, adding that she was told the school couldn't provide that information. Dominique Zanders, another parent, told local Fox station WJBK that her daughter "felt woozy, a little dizzy" after taking several sips. 

She also claimed that her daughter did not know what she was drinking. "The girl poured it in her cup and she drank it and the girl ended up telling her what it is, and she went and told the teacher there is liquor in this cup, and the teacher gave her a funny face," shared Zanders, who also noted that the student's parents are partly to blame for not making sure what their child was bringing to school. Parents are now furious not at the child but at school officials as they wonder how the whole thing could have been prevented.

A school spokesperson later provided a statement to PEOPLE where they acknowledged the "fears and frustrations" of the parents. "A student did bring one pre-mixed, single-serve alcoholic beverage that was marketed as adult lemonade to school and share it with four classmates. While we try to keep an eye on everything our students bring to school, that's simply not possible. It's unfortunate that these types of adult beverages can be easily mistaken for child-friendly drinks," said the spokesperson. 



 

"School staff quickly noticed the beverage and immediately addressed the situation, which included consulting with medical professionals at poison control and calling the parents of the children involved. We are grateful no student became ill or needed medical attention," they added. 

On Thursday, the school principal sent out letters addressing the incident. "A student brought a premixed alcoholic drink to school, which was shared with a few other students. Upon learning of this, school leadership followed proper medical protocols and parents of the students involved were contacted immediately," read the letter. "Disciplinary measures will be taken in accordance with the Student Code of Conduct."

"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," it continued. 

Cover image source: YouTube Screenshot | FOX 2 Detroit

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