Kindergartner shares mixed tequila drink with classmates at Michigan school

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Many kindergarten children consumed a pre-mixed tequila drink at their Michigan school, which acknowledged the “fears and frustrations” felt by parents after learning of the incident, officials said Monday.

No student at Grand River Academy in Livonia was injured or required medical attention, school spokeswoman Leah Nixon said in a statement.

“We understand our parents’ fears and frustrations. A student brought a pre-mixed alcoholic beverage marketed as an adult lemonade to school and shared it with four classmates,” Nixon said Monday in a statement to NBC News.

“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. .”

Staff members at the school, 20 miles northwest of downtown Detroit, “quickly noticed the drink and immediately addressed the situation” by contacting “poison control medical professionals and calling the parents of the children involved,” Nixon added.

The incident happened when a youngster brought a bottle of a Jose Cuervo mixed tequila drink to campus on Thursday and poured it into small paper cups for other kindergarten children during the snack time, said parent Dominique Zanders.

Zanders’ 5-year-old daughter was left ‘dizzy’ and ‘dizzy’ after drinking ‘four or five sips’ of tequila before telling a teacher about it.

“It freaked me out,” Zanders said. “Are you serious? My daughter, a 5-year-old in kindergarten, drank alcohol? And the teacher didn’t see that?”

There were no classes on Friday and Zanders said she stopped her daughter from going to school on Monday as she reassessed education options.

Sixteen of the 27 students in the class were present when the drink was shared, Nixon said.

The K-8, tuition-free public charter school with 740 students in total is supervised by and operates under the authorization of Grand Valley State University.

A representative from the college in Allendale, Michigan, said it was “reviewing the situation.”

The university’s charter school office “will work with the school’s board of trustees to ensure appropriate disciplinary action is taken, effective communication with parents, and policies and procedures are reviewed and amended. , if necessary,” Grand Valley State University said in a statement. .

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