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Off the Wall News: Teacher gives 5th-graders non-alcoholic beer

March 19th, 2014 2:07 pm by Associated Press

Off the Wall News: Teacher gives 5th-graders non-alcoholic beer

A Michigan teacher made a poor choice by giving non-alcoholic beer to a class of fifth-graders in a history lesson, a school official said.

Superintendent Ed Koledo said the teacher allowed Hyatt Elementary students in Linden to sample O'Doul's that had been brought to school by a student March 6 to represent ale common in the 1700s. The students were told that many people drank ale at the time because water was sometimes dirty or unhealthy.

"We talked to the teacher and said this was an inappropriate choice," Koledo said. "There were a lot better choices to represent a colonial-era drink than what was chosen here."

The students were allowed a small taste, but none were forced to try the non-alcoholic beer, school officials said. Koledo, who didn't identify the teacher, said allowing non-alcoholic beer into the classroom and allowing students to drink it was a mistake.

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