LIVONIA, MI – A kindergartner from Grand River Academy in Livonia, Michigan, brought a mixed drink to school.
Apparently five students tasted the pre-mixed margarita drink during snack time, and parents are wondering how it happened.
A kindergartner brought Jose Cuervo margaritas to snack time at a Livonia school and handed out drinks to her classmates. Now the parents of two other kindergartners are outraged. https://t.co/DIOAd1y7uB
— FOX 2 Detroit (@FOX2News) April 15, 2022
Two parents, Alexis Smith and Dominique Zanders, complained to the school after their daughters drank the mixed alcoholic beverage.
The mothers were outraged when they were alerted of the incident.
“I had a small conversation with my daughter – nothing big – and she told me the girl knew it was liquor.
It was so many thoughts running through my mind, like, ‘Oh my God, you know, what if it was open before the girl brung it to school, how much was it?
My daughter takes medicine.
First off, no kid should be drinking, and you know, just the shock itself, it burns.
Like how do you feel, like anything could have happened.”
Zanders remarked about her daughter that,
“She felt woozy, a little dizzy.”
The Michigan student reportedly had a bottle of Jose Cuervo mix with 10% alcohol content.https://t.co/SKNRXOnzvE
— KPLC (@KPLC7News) April 17, 2022
A letter to the parents from the school states,
“Dear Grand River Academy Kindergarten Families,
This letter is to inform you of an incident that occurred in your child’s class today.
A student brought a premixed alcoholic drink to school, which was shared with a few other students.
Upon learning of this, school leadership followed proper medical protocols and parents of the students involved were contacted immediately.
Disciplinary measures will be taken in accordance with the Student Code of Conduct.
For more information about our illegal substances policy, see pages 26-27 of the Parent Student Handbook.
Student privacy laws prevent me from sharing specific details.
What I can share is that the safety and well-being of our school community remains a priority, which is why we immediately addressed the situation.
School leaders aim to ensure that all students are making safe and smart choices, and we actively encourage them to practice ‘hear something, see something, say something.’
Thank you for your continued support of Grand River Academy.
If you have any questions, please contact the school office at (248) 893-6100 or our Parent Relations team at (877) 642-7471.
-Grand River Academy Principal”
A spokesperson for the school later issued a statement saying,
“We understand our parents’ fears and frustrations.
A student did bring a pre-mixed, single-serve alcoholic beverage that was marketed as adult lemonade to school and share it with four classmates.
While we try to keep an eye on everything our students bring to school, that’s simply not possible.
It’s unfortunate that these types of adult beverages can be easily mistaken for child-friendly drinks.
School staff noticed the beverage and immediately addressed the situation, which included consulting with medical professionals at poison control and calling the parents of the children involved.
We are grateful no student became ill or needed medical attention.”
Legal Insurrection reports that a school district in Michigan allegedly spied on the social media accounts of school parents and reported them to their employers. Big brother? You decide. Now parents are fighting back.
According to the Daily Wire, Robert Shaner, superintendent of the Rochester Community Schools, apparently monitored social media posts of parents who had criticized the district’s COVID-19 policies, then reported those parents to their employers.
In at least one case, he notified the police, according to a lawsuit filed by a district parent.
The Detroit Free Press reported that Shaner had notified police because he allegedly became “concerned and scared” about so-called “aggressive” social media posts from district parents, some of whom suggested staging protests outside the homes of school board members.
He was also apparently concerned about an email received from a parent, who said they were going to “wreak havoc.” Shaner gave a deposition on February 3 and included those comments in connection with the suit.
The lawsuit, filed by parent Elena Dinverno was initially filed in May 2021, however, was amended earlier this month. Dinverno is the parent of two children who attend the Rochester Schools.
According to her suit, she alleges that Shaner and another high-ranking member of the school board contacted Dinverno’s employer and falsely claimed she had made threats against the school board. That led to her termination from her job.
According to Center Square, Dinverno had taken to Facebook in two separate groups to advocate for the reopening of schools to in-person learning, “RCS Parents for In-Person Education” and “Conservative Parents for Rochester.” In her post, Dinverno asked parents for video testimony of how virtual learning was negatively impacting children.
Dinverno’s lawsuit alleges that RCS public relations members Amy DiCresce and Lori Grein had been assigned to compile a dossier of social media posts and comments made by district parents, in which they allegedly made critical comments about the school district, which were eventually circulated to school officials.
Under questioning by Dinverno’s attorney, Deborah Gordon, Shaner defended the district’s surveillance of parent social media accounts.
“Yeah, we value the input of all parents, and we certainly want to keep our thumb on the pulse of the community, so we monitor social media very closely on all fronts and make sure we’re responsive to the community,” he said.
“Yeah, so again, I just want to be clear about the social media,” Shaner said. “We do watch it and try to make sure we know what’s going on in our community, but that’s not the only place that we get information on social media. Believe it or not, there are parents that support what we are doing, and they often share what’s going on in social media with us as well.”
Gordon said that the school had spent taxpayer money to spy on parents’ social media posts and gather personal information, which included employers, names of children and the schools they attend.
“I have found at taxpayer expense they had high-level people spending hours monitoring parents’ social posts,” Gordon told the media. “I was stunned. I have a stack that is like a phone book. This was an active group that wanted their kids back in school.”
She continued that the school system “did not advise parents or the community that their speech was being closely monitored and documented.”
Want to make sure you never miss a story from Law Enforcement Today? With so much “stuff” happening in the world on social media, it’s easy for things to get lost.