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Michigan Cheerleader Gave Pot Brownies Out at School in Bribery Attempt for Homecoming Queen Votes

A high school cheerleader is suspected of handing out pot brownies to her fellow students as a bribe to get them to vote for her as homecoming queen, according to police.

The 17-year-old girl is being investigated after marijuana-laced brownies were distributed among several students at the Hartford High School in Michigan.

Michigan State Police launched an investigation into the incident after receiving an anonymous tip-off that 12 brownies had been brought into the school.

"You always think you've heard it all and seen it all, and there is always something new to surprise you,” Hartford patrolman Michael Prince told WWMT.

“We are investigating two things: Number one, some were put in goody bags for [football] players. Also, they were used to obtain votes for the queen contest.”

Hartford Public Schools Superintendent Andrew Hubbard sent a letter to parents confirming state police contacted him on September 26 to say they received a call about the pot brownies.

“All individuals involved are being dealt with according to our district policies and student handbook. We have notified the Hartford Police department and are assisting them with their criminal investigation into the matter."

GettyImages-605726556 A man offers marijuana brownies during a demonstration in front of Mexican Senate building in Mexico City on September 14, 2016. Police are investigating how 12 pot brownies were distributed at Hartford High School. YURI CORTEZ/AFP/Getty Images

“Parents, please take some time to discuss with your children that if any time they become aware of a potential danger, to themselves or others, it is their duty to report it immediately to a staff member directly,” Hubbard added in the letter which was later posted on Facebook.

Of the 12 brownies that were alleged to have been circulated, three have been recovered and sent for tests to confirm the presence of drugs while nine are still unaccounted for, possibly after being consumed by students, reports WXMI.

Police said the 17-year-old girl accused of handing out the brownies for votes is currently out of state with her mother for a family emergency.

“The school’s taking this very seriously," Prince added to Fox 17 Michigan. "They are doing their own investigation, and they’re just starting to turn over some of the statements from the students possibly involved or witnesses."

"I’ve read about things across this country. It has not happened with anything that I know of in this area," said Prince. "I’ve been an officer a long time, and whenever you think you’ve heard it all, something just about daily comes up, like, 'Wow.'"

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