It’s really hard to believe this story is true. A middle school student in a Texas community paid for school lunch as she routinely does. But on this particular occasion, she found herself facing felony charges.
The explanation? The student, Danesiah Neal, handed the cashier a $2 bill. The cafeteria worker alerted the administration, which in turn called the police to inform them a student was passing “counterfeit money.”
This is our tax dollars at work.
For one day, public enemy number one when it came to forgery was 13-year-old eighth grader Danesiah Neal at Fort Bend Independent School District’s Christa McAuliffe Middle School. Now 14, Daneisha [sic] was hoping to eat that day’s lunch of chicken tenders with her classmates using a $2 bill given to her by her grandmother when she was stopped by the long arm of the law.
“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.
The Daily Mail adds that before the mystery was cleared up, Danesiah was placed in handcuffs. What is more, the child was forced to hungry for the rest of the afternoon because the school confiscated her lunch money. They eventually returned the bill to Danesiah but not until lunch period was over.
Whatever happened to getting sent to the principal’s office to sort issues out?
Congratulations, Fort Bend ISD and police. Not only did you waste taxpayer dollars resolving a cafeteria dispute valued at two dollars, but you traumatized a child who would be justified for fearing and distrusting authority from now on.
No charges were filed, thank goodness.
Cross-posted at DeneenBorelli.com