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Michigan teacher gives fifth graders beer as part of history lesson

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A teacher in Linden, Michigan’s Hyatt Elementary School took a colonial life history lesson to the extreme when she allowed students in her class to sample O’Doul’s, a non-alcoholic beer that had brought in by a student on March 6th.

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Superintendent Ed Kioledo says the teacher allowed this situation to occur to represent the type of ale common in the 1700s and consumed by the citizenry due to the scarcity of clean water. Koledo says the unnamed teacher – not named because this is a personnel matter and no charges have been placed against the teacher – made an “inappropriate choice.”

Although O’Doul’s is considered a non-alcoholic beer, it does contain a small amount of alcohol (0.5% as opposed to the 5.0% found in most beers, or 1/10 of the alcohol of regular beers). Andrea Miller, spokeswoman for the Liquor Control Commission, says giving O’Doul’s or similar drinks to minors is prosecutable as a misdemeanor in Michigan.

Fifth graders typically range in age from 9 to 13 years old. Surely this teacher received an F in common sense on this day.


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