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Student hands out cash from backpack stuffed with $20K

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TAYLOR, Mich. (WJBK) -

Quite a story unfolding in Taylor where a generous sixth grader was caught handing out money from a backpack. But it turns out the cash wasn't even hers to give away.

Taylor Police Chief Mary Sclabassi says she was surprised when the department got the call that said a student at the Sixth Grade Academy had $20,000 in her backpack. It was all in one hundred dollar bills.

Teresa Winnie is the assistant superintendent for Taylor Schools. "It was very, very unusual. Our students don't come to school with that much money, if any money at all," Winnie said.

It turns out the girl got the backpack full of money from her neighbor, another young girl who lives across the street and goes to a different school. It's not clear why she gave the girl the money or why the student brought it to her school.

Regardless, word got around and kids started asking the student for money and she then started giving it away. She reportedly gave as much as $500 to one student and a couple hundred dollars to some others.

The principal collected the cash and contacted Taylor police. The chief says she's just glad the situation was handled quickly.

Now the big question, why would someone have $20K stuffed in a backpack? Detectives are working to figure it out and are interviewing the student and her parents as well as the family of the child who gave her the money.

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