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May 16, 2014

Party spells trouble for school secretary

TRAVERSE CITY — An elementary school secretary is charged with allowing minors to consume alcohol on her property.

Heidi Schaub’s son, Brandon, 18, hosted a post-prom party at their home in Frankfort on May 4.

The party came to an end when police arrived on the scene and attendees scattered. Deputies found one party-goer, Elberta resident Anthony Shaun Norton--Hernandez, 18, nearly comatose in a car.

“When police pulled up there was a big bonfire in the back and everyone took off,” said Benzie County Sheriff Ted Schendel.

Sheriff’s deputies located the homeowner, Heidi Schaub, 42, across the street.

Schaub, who is a secretary at Lake Ann Elementary School, was charged with allowing minors to consume alcohol on the premises, a misdemeanor with a maximum of 30 days in jail. Schaub is scheduled to be arraigned in 85th District Court on June 5.

“I think her concern was, ‘They’re going to go do it, but I want to know where they’re going to be at,’ but that doesn’t fly,” Schendel said.

Schaub was working at the school on Thursday. She declined to comment. The school principal, Debra Norman, told the Record-Eagle the school would follow policy, but did not explain the policy before she abruptly hung up the phone.

School officials are waiting for the results of Schaub’s arraignment before they take any action, said Benzie Central Schools Superintendent Dave Micinski.

“After the arraignment the district will follow the process prescribed by Michigan School Code and we’ll follow it precisely as we address this issue,” Micinski said.

Micinski wouldn’t explain what part of the code applied to the situation.

Deputies issued Brandon Schaub a minor in possession citation.

Deputies called emergency services to attend to Norton-Hernandez. They also issued him a minor in possession citation, Schendel said.

Staff writer Matt Troutman contributed to this story.

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