“They said, 'You possessed it, so you're going to have to pay for it,'” 12-year-old Christian Philon said.
The straight-A honor student handed the lunchroom cashier at his school a $20 bill to pay for his lunch. When the cashier tested it, the bill turned out to be counterfeit.
“I was confused on how the money was counterfeit and how my parents received it.”
Christian’s father said he received the bill as change from a fast food restaurant and had no idea it was a fake.
Christian was suspended for 10 days for unintentionally using counterfeit money.
His parents said they will appeal their son's punishment.