KANSAS CITY, Kan. -- It's hard for parents to believe a third grader would bring vodka to a school, but that's what happened according to one Hazel Grove Elementary employee who did not want to be identified.
"It's sad that kids are 9 years old and 8 years old and they know about alcohol and drugs, but it's a reality and it's happening in school," said parent Beatriz Morales.
Morales said she learned of the incident after hearing about it from her daughter, whose a student at the school.
The incident apparently happened on Monday, when a student brought vodka to class and passed it to several of her classmates. The school employee also told FOX 4 they believed four students were suspended as a result.
"Alcohol is not a joke, and I mean besides that, I don't know if they talked to the parents, but obviously I talked to my daughter about it and she understands," said Morales.
According to another school employee, who also did not want to be identified, the mother of the third grader saw her daughter playing with a vodka bottle the night before the incident, but did nothing.
"This is not a story of kids drinking in school," said Kansas City, Kan., schools spokesman David Smith. "[It's] of a thrid grader bringing something inappropriate to class and appropriate action was taken."
Smith said he also doesn't believe the incident was newsworthy.
Morales disagrees, saying parents need to be made aware of what's happening in their kids' lives, especially when it's happening under someone else's supervision.
"Its' sad. But it's reality -- it's happening in school, too. Where kids supposed to be safe they're not safe no more."
FOX 4 was not able to find out the length of the reported students' suspension.