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LINDEN, Mich. (KNOE 8 News/AP) - A superintendent says a Michigan teacher gave non-alcoholic beer to a classroom of fifth graders as part of a history lesson.

Superintendent Ed Koledo says the teacher allowed Hyatt Elementary students in Linden to sample O'Doul's brought to school by a student March 6 to represent ale common in the 1700s and consumed at the time because of the scarcity of clean water.

Koledo says the teacher made an "inappropriate choice."

Officials sent a letter home Friday to inform parents about what happened.

O'Doul's is advertised as non-alcoholic beer, but contains a small amount of alcohol. Liquor Control Commission spokeswoman Andrea Miller says giving O'Doul's or similar drinks to minors can be prosecuted as a misdemeanor in Michigan.

No one has been charged.

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