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Kindergarten student brings Jose Cuervo’s mix to class at Livonia and shares it with 4 other people


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

Local 4 News learns that a kindergarten student at Grand River Academy in Livonia shared the booze with four other students. The child allegedly brought a small plastic bottle of alcohol containing more than 10% alcohol.

The parents were baffled by how something like this could happen. The school immediately contacted the parents of the five students involved.

“So many thoughts (were) going through my mind like … what if it was open before the girl brought it to school? How much was it?” said parent Alexis Smith.

Smith says she got a call from her daughter’s school the morning of April 14. The elementary school had informed her that a kindergartener had brought a premixed bottle of Jose Cuervo to class and shared it with four classmates, one of whom was Smith’s 5-year-old.

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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, ‘OK, well, how much did she drink?’ “

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 from school early Thursday. Later that day, the director sent a letter to the community regarding the incident.

“Dear Kindergarten Families of Grand River Academy,

“This letter is to inform you of an incident that occurred in your child’s classroom 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 and Student Handbook.

“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 contacted each other. attacked 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.

Director of Grand River Academy

And while school was closed on Friday, Smith said her daughter would not be back on 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 also shared the following statement.

“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.

“School staff noticed the drink and immediately dealt with the situation, which included consulting poison control medical professionals and calling the parents of the children involved.

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

Grand River Academy Spokesperson


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