When 13-year-old eighth grader Danesiah Neal attempted to pay for her lunch at Christa McAuliffe Middle School in Houston, Texas, the lunch lady called the cops on her.
Because she dared to use a $2 bill.
(Insert gasping and panic here.)
Via ABC News 13:
“I went to the lunch line and they said my $2 bill was fake,” Danesiah told Ted Oberg Investigates. “They gave it to the police. Then they sent me to the police office. A police officer said I could be in big trouble.”
Not just big trouble. Third-degree felony trouble.
And that’s just one of eight counterfeiting charges investigated against high- and middle-school students at Fort Bend ISD since the 2013-2014 school year.
Eight counterfeiting charges at just two schools? Just how big is the teen counterfeiting crime racket?
The school ended up calling the girl’s grandmother Sharon Kay Joseph, who was informed her granddaughter may have committed a third-degree felony.
The officials asked, “‘Did you give Danesiah a $2 bill for lunch?’ He told me it was fake,” she said.
Even ABC News is incredulous at how ridiculous the hardcore investigation into this “crime” got:
Then the Fort Bend ISD police investigated the $2 bill with the vigor of an episode of Dragnet, even though at that school 82-percent of kids are poor enough to get free or reduced price lunch.
The alleged theft of $2 worth of chicken tenders led a campus officer — average salary $45,000 a year — to the convenience store that gave grandma the $2 bill. Next stop — and these are just the facts — the cop went to a bank to examine the bill.
Finally, the mystery was solved: The $2 bill wasn’t a fake at all. It was real.
The officer traced the bill back to a convenience store and then the bank before someone was finally told that oh, by the way,YES, there is such a thing as a $2 bill. Supposedly the bill was so old (1953) that the counterfeit marker the lunch lady apparently uses on every bill just to be sure (you know, those darn counterfeiting middle schoolers) wouldn’t work on it.
She also has eyeballs and a brain she could’ve used, but apparently common sense was just too much to ask for.
At least the cop gave the $2 back.
“He brought me my two dollar bill back,” Joseph said. 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.”
Joseph said something needs to change so kids don’t have felonies looming over their heads for minor crimes — or actions that aren’t even crimes at all.
“It was very outrageous for them to do it,” she said. “There was no need for police involvement. They’re charging kids like they’re adults now.”
Because we all know those teenage counterfeiters are always trying to get away with the high crime of stealing middle school cafeteria chicken nuggets with a fake $2 bill.
Sounds like the lunch lady and the cop just did not know what types of currency exist in this country and, instead of attempting to find out, they immediately went police state on a 13-year-old, school-to-prison-pipeline style.
They’re so eager to arrest kids for anything in our “schools”. Just such a pathetic state of affairs in this country. While their little “mistake” is no big deal to them, and obviously the cop didn’t apologize for treating a middle schooler like a felon, just imagine how the utter stupidity of this event will impact this poor little girl for the rest of her life.
That’ll teach her for legitimately trying to purchase her school lunch with cash!
Written by Melissa Dykes