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      Parents question why teacher allowed students to drink beer in class

      In a letter sent home to parents, the teacher said her class, â??had a small taste of the O'douls beverageâ?? to teach students what pilgrims drank for sanitation reasons.
      LINDEN, MI (WEYI) -- Many people are stumped about why a teacher would think it's alright to allow young kids to drink beer in school even one with very low alcohol in it. After receiving several phone calls from parents, Linden School Administrators sent a letter home last Friday apologizing to parents.

      "A parent had said, hey a bottle of O'douls my student brought home a bottle of O'doul's Beer, said Superintendent Ed Koledo. How did this happen at school?"

      In a letter sent home to parents, the teacher said her class, ??had a small taste of the O'douls beverage?? to teach students what pilgrims drank for sanitation reasons.

      "At the time no one knew there was trace amounts of alcohol in the product," said Koledo.

      The beer is labeled 'non alcoholic', but the school has since learned there is less than a half percent of alcohol in each bottle. Linden Community Schools didn't make parents aware of the use of beer until eight days after the lesson. They say snow days delayed notification after they learned about what happened.

      "Anything like that you want to be involved in. You don't want to find out after the fact," said Linden resident Linda Zettel.

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