LIVINGSTON, Texas, Feb. 26 (UPI) -- A 17-year-old Texas high school student has been suspended after he mistakenly grabbed a cold one instead of a soda when he was packing his lunch.
Chaz Seale accidentally confused a beer can for a soda can and brought it to Livingston High School. When the principal found out about the beer after the junior revealed his mistake, Seale was suspended for three days and told he must attend an alternative school for two months.
"I gave it to the teacher, thinking I wouldn't get in trouble, and I got in trouble," Seale told KTRK.
Seale is currently appealing the decision to try and get his punishment reduced.
"The principal of Livingston High School followed appropriate LISD administrative procedures and protocol,” Livingston Independent School District said in a statement. “LISD encourages any parent who is in disagreement with an administrative decision to seek relief through the appellate process as provided through Livingston ISD policies. Livingston ISD policies may be accessed through the Livingston ISD Homepage."
A Facebook page in support of Seale has been created.
"He was in a hurry, running late. We were talking about school and he put it all together and took off for school," said the young man’s mother, Christi Seale. "There has to be a grey area; you can't punish a kid for doing the right thing, the same punishment that you would give a kid that you catch doing the wrong thing.”