LIVONIA, Mich. – Parents were outraged after an elementary school student allegedly brought alcohol into the classroom and had other students drink it.
Local 4 News learned that a kindergarten student at the Grand River Academy in Livonia shared the alcohol with four other students. The child allegedly brought a small plastic bottle of alcohol that contained more than 10% alcohol.
The parents were confused about how something like this could have happened. The school immediately contacted the parents of the five participating students.
“My mind was running through so many thoughts as … what if it was open before the girl brought it to school? How much was it? “Said Alexis Smith’s parent.
Smith says she was called from her daughter’s school on the morning of April 14. The elementary school informed her that the kindergartener brought a pre-mixed bottle of Jose Cuervo to the classroom and shared it with four classmates, one of whom was Smith’s 5-year-old.
“I asked her like, ‘My daughter’s fine,'” Smith said. “The teacher said she was here and she looked good. And then I said, ‘Okay, okay, how much did she drink?’ “
The school could not give Smith a clear answer.
“My daughter is taking medication,” Smith said. “First of all, no child should drink, and you know, the shock itself is burning. How do you feel as if anything could happen? “
Smith picked up her daughter from school early Thursday morning. Later that day, the director sent a letter to the community regarding the incident.
“Dear families from the Grand River Academy Kindergarten,
“This letter is intended to inform you of an incident that happened in your child’s class today. The student brought a mixed alcoholic beverage to the school, which they shared with several other students
“When this became known, the school management followed the correct medical protocols and the parents of the participating students were contacted immediately. Disciplinary action will be taken in accordance with the Students’ Code of Ethics. For more information about our policy on illegal substances, see pages 26-27 of the Parents’ Handbook.
“Student privacy laws prevent me from sharing specific details. I can share that the safety and well-being of our school community remains a priority, which is why we addressed the situation immediately.
“School leaders strive to ensure that all students make safe and intelligent decisions, and we actively encourage them to practice ‘hear something, see something, say something.’
“Thank you for your continued support of the Grand River Academy. If you have any questions, please contact the school office at (248) 893-6100 or our Parental Relations team at (877) 642-7471. “
Director of Grand River Academy
And while the school was closed on Friday, Smith said her daughter would not return on Monday.
“It’s so heartbreaking,” Smith said. “I have a feeling that her first year in kindergarten has already been cut short because of COVID, and such situations only make matters worse.”
A spokesman for the school also shared the following statement.
“We understand the fear and frustration of our parents. The student brought a pre-mixed disposable alcoholic beverage to the school, which was sold as adult lemonade, and shared it with four classmates. Although we try to pay attention to everything that our students bring to school, this is simply not possible. It is unfortunate that these types of drinks for adults can easily be mistaken for drinks suitable for children.
“School staff noticed the drink and addressed the situation immediately, which included consulting with poison control experts and phoning the parents of the children involved.
“We are grateful that no student became ill or needed medical attention.”
Grand River Academy spokesman
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