A black student in Texas is facing jail time and has been suspended after finding a $10 bill on the ground and using to buy a ham sandwich for lunch at school.
Alec Hunter, 15, appeared in court this week with his parents, attened the Fort Bend ISD Elkins High School. The student said he found the money on the school’s floor.
“I did what anyone would’ve done,” he told abc13. “If you try to hold up a $10 bill in a high school and say ‘Whose is it?,’ I’m pretty sure everyone would say it’s theirs. I didn’t even try to do that.”
On November 4, 2015, Alec attempted to use the money to buy a sandwich and chips at the cafeteria, but a cafeteria worker swiped it with a pen to determine if it was counterfeit. When it didn’t pass the test, it was turned over to the campus police and months later, Alec’s parents were informed of charges. The only contact the family says they had prior to that was from the school police officer asking for a statement from 15-year-old Hunter. Without a parent or lawyer present, his mother said no.
In an email to Hunter’s father late last week Dupre wrote, “It is typical in these cases to drop any further activity quickly once we are able to visit with the student to gain a better understanding of how they obtained the bill and any intent for possessing or using it. … I truly regret this situation and wish we could have resolved it sooner by visiting with Alec, as this would likely have prevented the need to refer the matter to the DA.”
The case was in court today. Alec will be back in court later this month. His family hopes it will be dismissed quickly.
According to documents obtained by Ted Oberg Investigates, three area school districts have handled dozens of these cases in the past three years. Those documents show that in every case in which a suspect’s race is listed, the suspect is a student of color.
Superintendent Dupre was not moved by the investigation telling abc13, “If you look at our district, where 75 percent of our students are students of color, that figure doesn’t surprise me.”