According to district Superintendent Ed Koledo, fifth-grade students at Hyatt Elementary School in Linden were given the non-alcoholic beverage while learning about how colonists often drank ale because there was a lack of clean water.
"We talked to the teacher and said this was an inappropriate choice. There were a lot better choices to represent a colonial-era drink than what was chosen here,” Koledo told the Flint Journal. "Nobody complained to the teacher, principal or me. We monitored the situation the next day. It was a dead topic so we just left it at that."
The school sent a letter to parents about the situation after the Journal inquired about the issue.
"I know the teacher and know her as being a very responsible person," said Scott Maker, president of the Linden School Board. "I know there was no intent to expose anyone to harm, just poor thought in this situation."
O'Doul's contains less than 0.5 percent alcohol, according to the Anheuser-Busch website.
It’s unclear whether the teacher will be disciplined for her actions at this time. Linden Police Chief Scott Sutter said his department has not received any complaints about the situation.
[The Flint Journal]