Saturday, April 09, 2005

Making A Little Extra Lunch Money

What did a group of sixth-grade students at Madison Middle School in Seattle, Washington, do when they need a little extra lunch money to spend in their school's cafeteria?

According to the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, they
made their own:

The Madison Middle School student used a relative's computer to create 20 realistic-looking $1 bills earlier this week and passed a dozen of them out to classmates, according to Seattle Public Schools spokesman Peter Daniels.

One of the boy's friends used a phony dollar to make a purchase in the school cafeteria Monday, but the con wasn't discovered until cashiers made their tallies at the end of the day, Daniels said.

Cafeteria workers, on the alert the following day, caught an 11-year- old student trying to buy beef jerky with the fake money, Seattle Police Department spokeswoman Deb Brown said.

The assistant principal called police, who questioned the boys involved in the counterfeiting. Investigators were able to track down and confiscate eight of the bogus dollars, Brown said.

The [12-year-old] counterfeiter, the 11-year-old and another boy involved in the scheme were given five-day suspensions, which began Tuesday and will continue after next week's spring break.

The Secret Service declined to investigate the junior counterfeiting ring.
An Invitation: All writers and readers of education-related posts are invited to contribute to the ninth edition of The Carnival of Education. Please send your submissions to: owlshome [at] earthlink [dot] net. We should receive your contributions no later than 10:00 PM (Pacific) Tuesday, April 12, 2005. The Carnival midway will open here at the 'Wonks Wednesday morning. Get our easy-to-follow entry guidelines here. View the latest edition of the Carnival there.

Main Page/Latest Posts