14-year-old Danesiah Neal, a student at Christa McAuliffe Middle School in Houston, Texas, was recently investigated by authorities for forgery when she used a $2 bill to pay for her school lunch. She was accused of using counterfeit currency, and police were called in to investigate.
In an interview with KTRK, Danesiah explained, "I went to the lunch line, and they said my $2 bill was fake. They gave it to the police. Then they sent me to the police office. A police officer said I could be in big trouble."
The bill was given to her by her grandmother, who was also contacted by authorities, who initially claimed the bill was fake. Eventually, investigators were able to trace the bill to a local convenience store. Detectives then visited a bank to verify that the 1953-issued bill was indeed authentic.
"He brought me my $2 bill back," said Danesiah's grandmother. "He didn’t apologize. He should have, and the school should have because they pulled Danesiah out of lunch, and she didn’t eat lunch that day because they took her money. It was very outrageous for them to do it. There was no need for police involvement. They’re charging kids like they’re adults now."
Data reveals that during the 2013-2014 school year, there were 40 other similar cases reported in Houston-area school districts. All 40 of the students investigated were minorities, predominantly Black and Hispanic. These findings have called into the question the way in which these policies are currently enforced.
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H/T: America Now