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Michigan teacher let students sample O'Doul's

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LINDEN, Mich. (WHDH) - A Michigan teacher is under fire for letting her fifth grade students sample non-alcoholic beer as part of a history lesson.

In a letter sent to parents, school officials said the teacher was trying to demonstrate what Pilgrims drank for sanitation reasons.

"A parent had said ‘a bottle of O’Doul’s, my student brought home a bottle of O’Doul's beer. How did this happen at school?’” Linden Superintendent Ed Koledo said.

At the time Koledo said no one knew there were trace amounts of alcohol in the beverage, which is labeled non-alcoholic but contains less than ½ percent alcohol.

Parents weren’t notified of the lesson until eight days after the students sampled the drink.

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

At liquor stores someone buying O’Doul’s and other non-alcoholic bears must still show an ID saying they are at least 21-years-old.

State law in Michigan dictates that anyone who gives a minor these types of beverages is guilty of a misdemeanor.

Officials say the investigation into the incident is complete and no parents have sought legal action.
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