Parents Fearful After Kindergartener Brings Tequila To School And Shared It


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A Michigan school had to make some phone calls last week after one kindergartener brought a bottle of a premixed tequila drink to school and shared it with at least four other students.

The Grand River Academy in Livonia said none of the students needed medical attention after one of its kindergarten students brought a bottle of a premixed Jose Cuervo tequila beverage on Thursday (April 14) and poured it into paper cups for other students to partake during snack time.

Staff members said they immediately called poison control after taking notice of the bottle.

"While we try to keep an eye on everything our students bring to school, that's simply not possible," school spokesperson Leah Nixon said in a statement. "It's unfortunate that these types of adult beverages can be easily mistaken for child-friendly drinks."

One parent, Alexis Smith, told ABC News her child was one of the students who consumed the drink brought in by the kindergartner.

"There were so many thoughts running through my mind, like what if, you know, it was opened before the girl brought it to school," Smith said, adding that she asked school staff how much her child drank, but couldn't get clear answers.

"My daughter takes medicine, and, first off, no kid should be drinking, and just a shot, it burns," Smith added. "Anything could have happened. Smith said she picked her child up from school early. Later that day, the school's principal said "disciplinary measures will be taken."

Another parent, Dominique Zander said her five-year-old also took "four or five sips" of the tequila and was left feeling "woozy" and "dizzy."

The school was closed Friday (April 15), but Smith said her daughter will not be returning to the school, describing the decision as "heartbreaking."

"Her first year of kindergarten was already cut short because of Covid," the mother said. "Situations like this just make it worse."

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