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Teen suspended for bringing a beer to school by mistake

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TEXAS — A Texas high school student has been suspended for accidentally bringing a beer to school in his lunch.

Now, his mother is fighting the suspension.

Christi Seale says her 17-year-old son Chaz accidentally confused a beer can for a soda can and packed it in his lunch.

“It was an honest mistake,” Seale said. ”He was in a hurry, running late we were talking about school and he put it all together and took off for school.”

When the teen realized what he did, he gave the unopened can of beer to his teacher. He didn’t think he’d get in trouble.

But that teacher then reported it to the principal at Livingston High School, who suspended the boy for three days and then sent him to an alternative school for two months.

The following statement was released from the school:

“The principal of Livingston High followed appropriate LISD administrative procedures. LISD encourages any parent who is in disagreement with an administrative decision to seek relief through the appellate process.”

Seale says the punishment is excessive. She says she always taught her son to be honest and forthright and now he has to pay a price for that honesty.

Source: CNN


  • Cindy

    There is no excuse for this. The punishment us harsh, however, the parents should not have had their alcohol drinks in the same refrigerator as the regular food. I wonder if the teen drank at home? There is a difference between a beer can and a soda can……reading is important. Maybe the parents should cease buying beer for a while.

  • Sensible

    Really, Cindy? You must not drink and have a problem with those who do to make such a silly comment. Yes, everybody I know keeps their beer in a totally seperate refrigerator away from their food and under lock and key… not. The boy made a mistake and did the right thing by not opening it and turning it in. Should be a non-issue. This country needs to get a grip.

  • conradshull

    Sigh. Yet more evidence added to the mountain already existing that there are few things in this world stupider than a public school administrator.

  • conradshull

    Lesson learned: It is ALWAYS best to lie to authority (to be on the safe side), because authority is capricious, wants to punish you when it can and does not have your best interests at heart.

  • Cindy

    Prudent parents have stored and are storing their alcohol/liquor in locked cabinets….Kids will try things on their own and/or from peer pressure. Many people have refrigerators in their garage for their beer, back stock of food, etc. Stop reading too much into my comments….some of you people are so ignorant and uneducated….you have a tendency to run others down because of intelligent remarks. I had an extra refrigerator in my garage for extra juices, soda, meats, etc. The parents are responsible for this error and like I said before, reading is very important and the punishment is way too harsh!

    • athynz

      Why yes Cindy I called your post ignorant. And here’s why: “…however, the parents should not have had their alcohol drinks in the same refrigerator as the regular food.” And again I have to ask how many people have 2 refrigerators at home? And who drinks room temperature beer? I don’t know about anyone else but pouring beer in a glass of ice just is not kosher.

      That was bad enough, then you go to this: “I wonder if the teen drank at home? ” Are you serious? So now because an adult keeps his or her beer in a refrigerator at home suddenly the teen has to be drinking as well? That is sloppy thinking at best.

      And now here’s THIS gem: “you have a tendency to run others down because of intelligent remarks.” IF your remarks were somehow intelligent no one would have said anything to you – other than perhaps in agreement. As I stated I have an extra refrigerator in my current house. It wasn’t always that way and yes I did store my beer in the single fridge and no my child never mistakenly grabbed a beer instead of a soda to take to school. I see it this way – you can either read the posts calling you out as constructive criticism and learn from it or you can consider them as insults from those you consider unintelligent and wallow in your own ignorance.

      • Joe Johnson

        Athnz, of all the usual commenters, has no business calling other people’s posts ignorant or stupid. This person is not bright enough to realize how ignorant and self centered he (or she) obviously is. Don’t care about your beer preferences, number of refrigerators, or the reading skills of your offspring.

  • Snouts

    Is there also not a rule prohibiting teachers to have alcoholic beverages on school property? Did the teacher “handle” the can of beer and was this not on school property? Teacher needs to be suspended and sent out to perform a real job for 2 months.

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