Police were called to a suburban Detroit grade school to investigate a report of a student with $20,000 in a backpack, WDIV reports.
The unidentified 12-year-old girl arrived at the school Monday morning and immediately began handing out crisp $100 bills to students in her classroom. The school's principal called the police when it was determined the student was walking around with $20,000 in cold hard cash in her backpack.
Police say the girl generously handed out $100 bills to her classmates, with some students receiving as much as $500 each. The minimum amount doled out was $100.
"Large bills, $100 bills," said Taylor Police Chief Mary Sclabassi.
"Had word gotten out to maybe someone other than some other 12-year-olds, it could have put her in a dangerous position," said Sclabassi.
Police were able to recover all of the money and are interviewing the girl's parents. The girl told police she received the money from a boy who lived across the street from her parents' home in Taylor, a suburb near Detroit.
"We're talking with the family about how this happened and we're glad that this ended safely for her and that it was retrieved," she said.
The money is currently in the possession of police. But the girl's neighbors have staked a claim to the money, saying the cash is rightfully theirs.