A student took $20k to school in her backpack. The 12-year-old girl stunned officials at a middle school when she was discovered giving the money away to friends like a little Robin Hood.
The student who brought $20k to school in her backback was discovered when the student went to the Sixth Grade Academy, a school of about 600 students in the 13500 block of Pine Street. The Taylor police say that the “12-year-old apparently got the money from another child who lives across the street from her the night before.”
The neighbors have already claimed the $20,000 in cash, so police gathered up all the money that was distributed at the school. The girl had handed out $100 bills, with some students receiving as much as $500 a piece.
Police are not naming the student who took $20k to school, her family, or the neighbors as they are still investigating the situation. Taylor Chief of Police Mary Sclabassi explained what they are doing with the student with the $20k backpack:
“The school district called us and said a 12-year-old student had a backpack full of money. The principal became aware of it when she heard the student was giving money away to friends. They brought in the student, secured the backpack and retrieved the money she had given away. This is a real first for me.”
Teresa D. Winnie, an assistant superintendent at the Taylor School District, said in a statement that the student that brought $20k to school in a backpack presented an unusual problem: “The situation … was truly an unusual one. We do not have a specific protocol for this type of situation.”
Based upon the description so far, it sounds like the $20k backpack was not stolen but given away by the neighbor’s child. What sort of disciplinary action, if any, should be taken against the student who brought $20k to school in her backpack?