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Police: Michigan girl, 12, brings $20,000 to school, starts giving it away

Police were called to a Michigan grade school after $20,000 in cash was found in a 12-year-old's backpack. The student was passing it out to friends. WDIV's Lauren Podell reports.

A Michigan middle school student showed up to class Monday with a backpack stuffed with $20,000 and handed out wads of cash to her friends, officials said.


The unidentified girl, 12, received the money from another child who lives across the street from her parents' house in Taylor, a suburb near Detroit, Police Chief Mary Sclabassi told The Detroit News

Administrators at The Sixth Grade Academy became suspicious Monday morning when the girl was spotted doling out stacks of $100 bills to her classmates. Some of her peers were given as much as $500, Sclabassi told NBC affiliate WDIV in Detroit.


As soon as the school principal learned of the student's generosity, she called the police. All of the money was recovered, the chief said.

"Had word gotten out to maybe someone other than some other 12-year-olds, it could have put [the student] in a dangerous position," Sclabassi told WDIV.

The girl's unidentified neighbors have claimed their money, but police are still investigating Monday's strange incident, Sclabassi confirmed to The Detroit News.

Teresa D. Winnie, the assistant superintendent for the Taylor School District, said in a statement Tuesday that local officials "do not have a specific protocol for this type of situation."

"There was no threat to the student body in the building and the matter is currently in the hands of the Taylor Police Department," Winnie said.

The Sixth Grade Academy is a public middle school with roughly 700 students.