A Roanoke mother is upset with the punishment her daughter got for accepting, she said mistakenly, a canned alcoholic drink at school.
Lainey Tackett, 13, could spend the rest of the school year in an alternative school for accepting a Bud Light Cran-Brrr-Rita from another girl at Medlin Middle School in Northwest ISD.
"The whole thing as it unfolded has been nothing but a nightmare," said mother Misty Tackett.
Lainey, an eighth grader, said the other girl handed the silver, blue, purple and green can to her during a passing period in February. Lainey put it in her bag and went to her next class.
"I didn't think anything of it until later on," Lainey said, who is an honor roll student and a cheerleader at the school.
Misty said Lainey mistook the Cran-Brrr-Rita for a can of fruit juice she usually drinks.
The next day Lainey returned the can to the girl who had given it to her, which she now admits was probably a bad choice. Word got out about the alcoholic drink being at school and both Lainey and the other girl were called into the school's office.
Lainey said she was administered a sobriety test by a school nurse. The nurse smelled her breath, checked her pupils and tested her balance.
"She asked three different times, ‘Can I please call my mom now?' and they said ‘No, you cannot,'" said Misty.
Lainey got one day in-school-suspension, three days out-of-school suspension and 88 days in an alternative school.
Northwest ISD told FOX4 in a statement that if any student is "found in possession of any drug or alcohol, the district follows procedures and policies outlined in the student handbook or code of conduct."
Misty said Lainey tried to do the right thing, but wound up with the same punishment as the girl who brought the beverage to school.
"A little common sense would really help right now," said Misty. "You're punishing the wrong child."
A review is scheduled for later this week and Lainey could return to her regular classes. If the review doesn't go in Lainey's favor, she will spend the rest of the year at alternative school.
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