Livonia, MI

Kindergartener faces disciplinary actions for bringing alcohol to school, sharing with classmates

Author Ed Anderson
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Grand River Academy, an elementary school in Livonia, is facing a scandal. On April 14, 2022, one of their kindergarten students brought in a Jose Cuervo premixed drink for snack time. The mix contained alcohol that was more than 10% proof.

Five students were given drinks from the bottle. When one of them went up to the teacher because they weren't feeling all that well.

The teacher was unaware of this until the student said something. After checking on the five students, the teacher informed the office of what had happened. From there, the parents were told about what had happened. Many of them were outraged.

Alexis Smith is the parent of one of the students given the alcohol. She told WDIV that many things ran through her mind when the school called and told her: "So many thoughts (were) running through my mind like ... what if it was open before the girl brought it to school? How much was it?"

Another parent, Dominique Zanders, told Fox 2 Detroit that her child was the one who told the teacher what happened. She revealed that the teacher seemed to be in disbelief at first.

Zanders told the news station: "The girl poured it in her cup and she drank it and the girl ended up telling her what it is, and she went and told the teacher there is liquor in this cup, and the teacher gave her a funny face..."
Five students drank the alcohol, outraging parentsPixabay

More Fall Out

Smith was disturbed that it seemed no one was watching the students. She recalled her call with the teacher to WDIV: "I asked her, like, 'Is my daughter okay?' The teacher said, 'She's right here, and she looks okay'. And then I said, 'Okay, well, how much did she drink?'"

School officials nor the teacher could provide her with the information she was requesting.

Zanders' child told her that she felt "felt woozy, a little dizzy" after drinking the alcohol.

Further enraging parents is that their children said their classmate knew she was giving them alcohol. Smith told Fox 2 Detroit: "I had a small conversation with my daughter - nothing big - and she told me the girl knew it was liquor."

While the issue hasn't yet been addressed directly with the parents, the school is reportedly taking action.

Officials at the school sent a letter home to parents. According to People Magazine, it read in part: "This letter is to inform you of an incident that occurred in your child's class today. A student brought a premixed alcoholic drink to school, which was shared with a few other students. Upon learning of this, school leadership followed proper medical protocols, and parents of the students involved were contacted immediately. Disciplinary measures will be taken in accordance with the Student Code of Conduct."
Some parents kept their children home after the Easter holiday because of the incident with the alcoholUnsplash

What happens next?

Names of those affected by the incident are not being released. School officials cite Michigan's Revised School Code Act 451 of 1976. That law says student records cannot be shared with anyone outside of their guardians, according to the Michigan Legislature website.

In the letter sent home to parents, there is an assurance that the school officials are working diligently to ensure that this doesn't happen again. WDIV quoted the note as saying: "School leaders aim to ensure that all students are making safe and smart choices, and we actively encourage them to practice 'hear something, see something, say something.'"

The school was closed Friday for the Easter holiday.

Classes resumed Monday, April 18, but Smith told WDIV her daughter did not go back. "It's so heartbreaking. I feel like her first year of kindergarten was already cut short because of COVID, and situations like this just make it worse."

The school acknowledged parents' fears in a statement to People Magazine. They said that staff moved fast once they knew what was happening and did many things, "...which included consulting with medical professionals at poison control and calling the parents of the children involved, we are grateful no student became ill or needed medical attention."

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Ed Anderson is a true crime and gossip writer from Detroit, Michigan. Ed is the author of several true crime books, most recently Cold Cases From Around The World.

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