Philon’s attorney, Keisha Coleman, told AJC.com his family is relieved, but they wish they had received a verbal apology.
“I think Christian and his family would’ve appreciated an apology for dragging them through this whole mess, which was not forthcoming,” Coleman said. “But I think they’re happy that his name is cleared and his record is cleared.”
However, Coleman said she hopes the school district’s policy on counterfeit money is amended, since the no-tolerance policy applies to children as young as kindergarten.
“Hopefully they’ll do something to change that ... so no other kid has to go through this,” she said.
The student’s father, Earvin Philon, previously told Channel 2 he gave his son a $20 bill that he received in change from a fast-food restaurant and didn’t know it was counterfeit.
Christian, a straight-A student and athlete, said he learned the money was fake when the cashier marked the bill with a counterfeit pen.
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