A Michigan teacher allowed her 5th grade students to drink non-alcoholic O’Doul’s (BUD) beer as part of a history lesson.
A Hyatt Elementary student brought in several bottles of O’Doul’s on March 6 to represent ale that was common in the 1700s. The rest of the students were told that people sometimes drank ale in the 18th century because water was dirty or unhealthy at times.
Instead of confiscating the beer, the teacher allowed students to sample the non-alcoholic beverage. Three of the students even brought a bottle home with them.
Hyatt Principal Vicki Malkaravage sent a letter to parents on Friday informing them of the incident. The letter said that the teacher thought O’Doul’s would be OK because the label said it was a non-alcoholic beverage.
However, O’Doul’s has a small amount of alcohol which means that giving such drinks to minors can lead to prosecution or a misdemeanor in Michigan. No one has been charged.
BUD stock is up about 1.25% Tuesday.