RALEIGH, NC (WNCN) – Wake County Public School System laptops, originally purchased by taxpayers, were being sold on the other side of the world – that’s what CBS North Carolina discovered after being alerted by a viewer.

Several years ago, Wake County Schools began a program to put laptops in the hands of students but CBS North Carolina found 35 Wake County Schools laptops ended up in the hands of an internet seller in Singapore.

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Eventually, the school system intends to have 52,000 laptops in county classrooms but a couple of month’s back, something happened to a shipment of 35 new computers that were being held in a warehouse.

“During the hurricane, one box got wet so we returned the box to Lenovo,” said school spokeswoman Lisa Luten.

The school system was worried that the water could have internally damaged the computers.

Lenovo spokesman Raymond Gorman said the laptops were supposed to be disassembled for recycling by a firm they called a “certified business partner.”