Sudsy history lesson: Teacher lets elementary students sample O’Doul’s

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LINDEN, Mich. (AP) — A superintendent says a Michigan teacher gave non-alcoholic beer to a classroom of fifth graders as part of a history lesson.

Superintendent Ed Koledo says the teacher allowed Hyatt Elementary students in Linden to sample O’Doul’s brought to school by a student March 6 to represent ale common in the 1700s and consumed at the time because of the scarcity of clean water.

Koledo says the teacher made an “inappropriate choice.”

The Flint Journal reports that officials sent a letter home Friday to inform parents about what happened.

O’Doul’s is advertised as non-alcoholic beer, but contains a small amount of alcohol. Liquor Control Commission spokeswoman Andrea Miller says giving O’Doul’s or similar drinks to minors can be prosecuted as a misdemeanor in Michigan.

No one has been charged.

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5 comments

  • Carrie

    Yes O’doul’s and other “non-alcoholic” beers contain o.4 percent alcohol. They are NOT intended for consumption by minors. They are still regulated as an alcoholic beverage and as such, the charge of Illegally distributing alcohol to a minor would be appropriate. As a teacher, one would think there would have been some research into that information, not to mention the fact that you have to be 21 to buy it and it is in the alcohol department of the stores, NOT with pop. Also, why would a teacher want to give children a “taste” for beer? These are 9 and 10 year old children!!! Way to go teacher, EPIC FAIL, and I hope they throw the book at you. Also, did you happen to send a letter home BEFORE you did this little experiment to see how the parents felt about it? I am guessing the answer to that is no. I am also guess you didnt happen to run it by the principal to see if it was something appropriate. Seems to me your lack of adult judgement is a bit in question here. No wonder people are pulling students out of public schools at such a rate. You cant trust the adults that are supposed to keep them safe to make a simple decision based on any sort of common sense.

  • Shelby Kenney

    So a child brought it in? Wouldn’t the parents of said child be responsible as well for bringing the beer into the classroom? How many people honestly knew there was alcohol in a non-alcoholic beer? Usually having something with the prefix “non” implies there is none of that particular thing in the substance. So by that logic, this “non-alcoholic” beer should actually be called “slightly alcoholic.”

  • Anonymous

    No harm no foul. However, I think the next lesson should be about how the government lets alcohol companies get away with false advertising “non alcoholic beer” that has alcohol in it.

  • angie new

    Great points. The teaching opportunity applies here. Write letters to the advertising regulators and get the label changed. I’m wondering too did the student bring in one beverage for all to sample, a six pack, or an entire can for each student? Another teachable moment, not doing her homework to learn about the ingredients in a drink offered to minors.

  • Jen C

    I dislike all these prude comments. Maybe the teacher shouldn’t have done what she did but at least she is trying to engage her students. I personally would not be up in arms if someone gave my own children an odouls(unless said person was also a pedophile). Hope all you judgemental people can get off this teachers back. NOT A BIG DEAL!