Student Brings $20K To School: What Was 12-Year-Old Doing With That Money In Her Backpack?

By Jason Van Hoven on March 13, 2013 12:03 PM EDT

After a student brought $20K in her backpack to her Michigan school on Monday, police are investigating the incident, according to reports.

The 12-year-old female student brought $20K in cash in her backpack to the Sixth Grade Academy Building in Taylor. Taylor School District only became aware of all the cash after the student started passing the cash out to others, reportedly even giving one student $200 and another $500.

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As a result, the school principal notified police, whom the girl told that she got the money from a friend across the street in her neighborhood.

"The 12-year-old apparently got the money from another child who lives across the street from her the night before," said Taylor Chief of Police Mary Sclabassi on Tuesday to the Detroit News.

As of now, Sclabassi said that the neighbors have claimed the $20K, but police continue to investigate how the money actually got in the backpack.

Teresa D. Winnie, the assistant superintendent at the Taylor School District, released in a statement, per Clickondetroit.com.

"The situation that took place at the Sixth Grade Academy Building was truly an unusual one. We 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."

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