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WRAPPED GIFT OF WINE GETS STUDENT SUSPENDED

A Georgia student has been suspended for 10 days for bringing a gift-wrapped bottle of Bordeaux wine as a Christmas present for his French teacher.

Cosmo Zinkow violated Georgia laws against possession of alcohol by a minor and bringing alcohol onto school property, Cobb County school officials said.

Zinkow's father said he is stunned at the School Board's action. He said his son is an "A" student and had offered his teacher the bottle of Mouton Cadet Bordeaux in a sealed box wrapped with Christmas paper Thursday.

The Griffin Middle School teacher, who officials said doesn't drink alcohol, informed the school's principal about the gift, as required by a school policy that mandated a 10-day suspension.

"When you take a Christmas gift to the teacher, wrapped and in a box with a bow and a card, that's not possessing alcohol," Bill Zinkow told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution newspaper.

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