A 14-year-old girl caused a stir at a school in Florida after she handed out more than $ 10,000 (£ 8,800) of her grandmother’s money to classmates.

Police attended Lake Weir Middle School on Thursday after reporting a student was giving pupils hundreds of dollars each, according to an arrest report.

The school is located in Summerfield, approximately 60 miles northwest of Orlando.

School officials searched the girl’s backpack and found around $ 2,500 (£ 2,211), deputies said.

The teenager said an unknown former student had given her the money and wanted it to be shared.

Investigators said they later determined that the girl had entered her grandmother’s safe and stole about $ 13,500 (£ 11,942) of the woman’s life savings.

The arrest report does not say why the girl took the money or why she gave it to her classmates.

By Friday, officials had recovered around $ 700 (£ 619) of the money that had been distributed to other students, as well as the money that was in the backpack.

The girl is accused of aggravated theft.

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