TAYLOR (WWJ/AP) – Police say a suburban 12-year-old student in metro Detroit found a backpack at school filled with $20,000 in cash.

Taylor Chief of Police Mary Sclabassi said the “extremely unusual” discovery was made Monday at Sixth Grade Academy, near Northline and Telegraph roads, in Taylor.

Officers were alerted to the incident when other students reported a child was passing out $100 bills to classmates, with some getting up to $500. Upon questioning, she reportedly said the backpack belonged to someone who lived across the street from her.

Police confirmed the backpack stuffed with cash belonged to another student. That student and the student’s parents are being questioned about the find and the backpack is being held until the situation becomes clear.

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