It’s one thing for a high school to suspend a student if he’s caught drinking on campus. But a teen in Texas says he was suspended for three days and then forced to attend an “alternative” school for 60 days after he took the proactive step of telling his teacher he’d accidentally packed a beer with his lunch.
The teen tells ABC News that he’d been in a hurry to pack for school in the morning and meant to grab a can of soda from the fridge, but instead grabbed a Coors Light.
According to the student, when he realized what he’d done, he did what he thought was the right thing — turned the unopened beer over to his teacher. The news then made it up the academic ladder to the principal, who issued the suspension and ordered the boy to attend the alternative school for two months.
“I gave it to the teacher thinking I wouldn’t get in trouble, and I got in trouble,” says the student.
The school district insists that the principal “followed appropriate… administrative procedures and protocol,” and says the kid’s mom can appeal the decision, which she tells ABC that she has done.