Teen Suspended For Admitting To Teacher He Accidentally Brought Beer To School

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.

The story doesn’t say which soda the student intended to grab from the fridge, but we’re guessing it was probably a Diet Coke, which is the closest match we could think of for a Coors Light can:

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  1. arbyrb says:

    It’s a lesson I learned in 1st grade, never volunteer the truth to a teacher. I was the only one punished for what had been a group effort.

  2. oomingmak says:

    Poor kid. I’ve done the exact same thing myself — although it was the opposite mix-up.

    I hope the added press exposure shows the principal and school administration for the morons they are and the punishment quickly overturned in appeal.

  3. furiousd says:

    Am I right in assuming this is a symptom of a highly bureaucratized school system? That otherwise intelligent people aren’t allowed to make decisions based on the circumstances and instead have their hands tied and have to “[follow] appropriate… administrative procedures and protocol”?

    • C0Y0TY says:

      It’s not that people aren’t allowed to make the right decisions. They don’t want to be accountable for them.

      • furiousd says:

        Unfortunately, this kid is being held accountable for a decision he didn’t make (intentionally bringing beer to school) rather than being accountable for a minor oversight and being offered mercy, as he should have been. Further, for school being a place to learn he’s being taught a pretty crappy lesson here: “don’t tell the truth no matter what, let things get as bad as possible but don’t try to mitigate consequences by being honest”

    • PhillyDom says:

      You would be wrong. The district in question only has 4,100 students. How bureaucratized could it be?

      The “zero-tolerance” disease has infected school districts of all sizes.

  4. CzarChasm says:

    Well, I’d say this child has learned a very valuable life lesson. Never admit anything to people in authority, teachers, bosses, and please for the love of god, say nothing to the police. They are NEVER just trying to “get your side” of things.

  5. charmander says:

    This reminds me of an article I read about an elementary school boy who, on his school bus on the way to school, realized he had a folding pocketknife in his jacket which he had used while camping. He just grabbed the jacket and and put it on and raced out the door – only on the bus did he realize he had it in his pocketl. His school had a no-weapons policy, so the minute he got off the bus, he went straight to the office and turned in the knife to the administrative secretary. Good thinking, huh?

    Well, no. The principal suspended him from school for bring a knife to school. What the hell was he supposed to do? You’d think what he did was the right thing, but apparently the right thing would have been to hide the knife and not tell anyone about it. School administrators and their little tiny brains.