High school student suspended after bringing beer to school by mistake

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LIVINGSTON, TX – A Texas high school student is suspended for accidentally bringing a beer to school in his lunch. Now, his mom is fighting the suspension.

It’s been said honesty is the best policy but Chaz Seale doesn’t believe it. Two weeks ago the 17 year old Livingston High School junior says he accidentally grabbed a beer from his fridge instead of a soda, then packed it in his lunch kit.

It was an honest mistake, says his mother, one that could happen to anyone.

“He was in a hurry, running late we were talking about school and he put it all together and took off for school.” said Christi Seale.

The teen says he realized what he did while in third period. “So I gave it to the teacher thinking I wouldn’t get in trouble, and I got in trouble.”

Lots of trouble. Three days suspension and 60 days at an alternative school.

“I was just baffled, I said 60 days? That’s the maximum amount.” said Chaz Seale.

THe mom tried explaining to the school principal her son did the right thing by coming forward. And feels the punishment doesn’t fit the crime.

In a statement the district says,”The principal of Livingston High followed appropriate lisd administrative procedures. LISD encourages any parent who is in disagreement with an administrative decision to seek relief through the appellate process.”

A Facebook page against the strict zero tolerance policy and in support of Chaz has already been started. It’s a welcome sign of support for a mom who is working hard to clear her sons name.

“I think it’s not black and white 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.” said Christi Seale.

Chaz’s mom is appealing her son’s suspension to try to get the punishment reduced.

By: Karla Barguiarena

12 comments

  • Flunky

    The lesson this kid was taught today was, “If you make a mistake you better find some way to cover it up because honesty will only lead to excessive punishment.” This is a perfect example of why zero tolerance policies do NOT work.

  • Laura H

    This is ridiculous. I have been close to doing this myself. As an adult I have grabbed a beer instead of a soda by mistake and not even realized it until I went to drink it. He came forward and gets punished? Real nice example we are setting as authority figures. Teach all the kids that when they do the right thing and are honest they still get into trouble.

  • Kristy Griffin

    My son has a lot of small pocket knives. He has had it drilled in his head to not take them to school EVER!! With it being winter and being bundled up in coats, etc. I have been concerned one might end up being forgotten or overlooked after the weekend in one of his many coat pockets…I have told him that if for some reason if he finds one to make sure and zip the pocket and show no one and remove it when he gets home, simply because I know he will get in a ton of trouble for an accident. It’s a sad day when we have to teach our children to be dishonest because of zero tolerance policies. I guess they learn early that too often the good guy finishes last!
    They should be able to turn offending items in to a school authority and parents should be called to pick up the item.

  • Shawn McDonald

    Any “Zero Tolerance Policy” quickly leads to a “Total Idiot Policy” in the hands of a public school principal or administrator.

    Fire the teacher who turned him in. Fire the principal who escalated the situation. Fire every idiot between kid and the the school board. Probably in reverse order.

    If you want this insanity to stop, you’re going to have to start taking some scalps. After the third report of a chain of “ZTP” idiots getting sacked makes Drudge, this will stop.

  • Mel

    I went thru the same thing about 5 to 6 years ago. My son was handed a pill at school from a friend and he reported it to the office and they wanted to suspend my son for 180 days for taking it to the office. The kid who gave it to my son only got 10 suspended. I was mad cuz I had told the principal at least I had taught my son not to take pills or anything else that wasn’t his. So I got to see the pill and it was a atentol (blood pressure pill). Thank god my son turned it in cuz if it would of been someones kid that would of took it could of ended up in the hospital or even worse dead.

  • Mr Popularity

    Nothing like a cold brewski to go with that peanut butter and jelly sandwich after solving quadratic equations all morning! Kudos to him.

  • buckythebeagle

    What is ridiculous is have to grow up in a house that keeps Coors Light in the fridge. Perhaps child service could get him relocated to a home that has a nice microbrew stocked.

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