Fifth-grader Max Kohll did something that’s going to take place in nearly every office across the country this month: He organized an NCAA bracket pool between him and his buddies at Columbian Elementary in Omaha. $5 buy-in. Winner gets half the pot. Second- and third-place splits whatever is left.
It was very entrepreneurial of him, especially for an 11-year-old. He was pretty proud of himself, too. Being so confident that North Carolina will go all the way, he thought it was easy money.
That was until Max’s uptight principal got wind of the pool (someone probably snitched) and set out to stop it. The principal, who we’re just going to assume is related to this fun guy, called Max to her office to set this young hustler straight.
Max averted serious punishment. He got a light chewing out and was let off with a warning, only if he promised no more bracket pools on school grounds.
“You can’t gamble in school,” Max said to the Omaha World-Herald. “It’s not OK to gamble. It’s like, illegal, sort of.”
The principal also shot a phone call to Max’s mom, Janet, to let her know what had happened. She thought the whole incident was too funny to punish her son. Only because she’s the coolest mom ever.