To her surprise, Neal was told that the money was fake. As she had no reason to believe that the bill wasn’t legitimate, the hungry teen couldn’t understand the accusation. Then what happened next was unbelievable.
Not only was the teenager denied her lunch, but she was also hauled into questioning over the money. According to Neal, staff at her school gave the $2 bill to the authorities. “Then they sent me to the police office. A police officer said I could be in big trouble,” she told ABC News in April 2016.
Subsequently, school officials got Neal’s grandmother involved. Sharon Kay Joseph received a phone call from staff asking if she had given the money to her granddaughter. “She’s never in trouble, so I was nervous going in there,” Joseph told ABC News.