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Michigan teacher gives kids near beer during history lesson



Michigan teacher gives kids near beer during history lesson

By Joyce Lupiani. CREATED Mar 19, 2014

Some parents in Michigan are outraged after their kids drank beer in class.

The fifth grade students at Hyatt Elementary in Linden were studying Colonial times, and one of the students brought in O'Doul's—an alcohol-free "near beer"—because beer was the common drink in those times.

The students only had a sip, but now some of the parents are saying that allowing them to do so sent the kids the wrong message. The students were not forced to drink if they did not want to.

Parents found out after some of the students took home bottles of the near beer.

The school sent home a letter about the incident last Friday, according to The Flint Journal.

Non-alcoholic beer isn't technically alcohol free. It is about half a percent alcohol by volume.

The school says the teacher is a "very responsible person" and there was no intent to expose anyone to harm.

The teacher could face misdemeanor charges of providing alcohol to minors.


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Joyce Lupiani, who is based in Las Vegas at KTNV-TV Channel 13, is a contributor to