Florida Teen Girl Charged With Felony After Science Experiment Goes Bad (Updated!!! Cleared of Charges!!!)

Kiera Wilmot got good grades and had a perfect behavior record. She wasn't the kind of kid you'd expect to find hauled away in handcuffs and expelled from school,

Kiera Wolmot attempted a science experiment that caused a plastic bottle to explode on school grounds. Apparently, although she was an excellent student, this was enough to get her arrested, expelled and tried as an adult.

A bright young lady with a bright future made one mistake that harmed no one and it will probably be used as an excuse to ruin her life. Although I believe that everyone should be accountable for their own actions, I also believe that people’s reactions to those actions should be reasonable and not influenced by pop culture and current events to the point of lunacy.

Yes, this teen girl would have been better off to avoid mixing cleaner and tin foil, especially if her teacher didn’t know about it. Everyone seems to agree that she was an excellent student with no behavior problems. It was apparently a case of bad judgement that did not cause any harm. Why, then, should she be arrested, expelled, charged with a felony as an adult and generally be made an example of for conducting an experiment that can be found in many science text books?

Not to mention the taxpayers money it costs to prosecute this young lady who, by all appearances, has never been and is not likely to be a threat to anyone… These are things that need to be addressed in our court systems. Should people be prosecuted at taxpayer expense when they aren’t likely to ever be a danger to anyone? Why in this country do we constantly turn repeat rapists and child molesters loose and spend money prosecuting people for simple accidents and mistakes or nonviolent offences?

No wonder we have the highest prison population per ca pita in the world. Recent statistics have shown that arrests for nonviolent crimes now exceeds arrests for violent crimes, and it’s easy to believe seeing the state of our justice system. When children who harm no one can be tried for a felony as an adult and women who request to be searched by a female or have a witness present after doing nothing wrong and being suspected of no crime get arrested in front of her crying two year old  (by the same man who allegedly sexually assaulted her) you know you have problems in your justice system.

 

Florida Teen Girl Charged With Felony After Science Experiment Goes Bad

Kiera Wilmot got good grades and had a perfect behavior record. She wasn’t the kind of kid you’d expect to find hauled away in handcuffs and expelled from school, but that’s exactly what happened after an attempt at a science project went horribly wrong.

On 7 a.m. on Monday, the 16 year-old mixed some common household chemicals in a small 8 oz water bottle on the grounds of Bartow High School in Bartow, Florida. The reaction caused a small explosion that caused the top to pop up and produced some smoke. No one was hurt and no damage was caused.

According to WTSP, Wilmot told police that she was merely conducting a science experiment. Though her teachers knew nothing of the specific project, her principal seems to agree.

“She made a bad choice. Honestly, I don’t think she meant to ever hurt anyone,” principal Ron Pritchard told the station. “She wanted to see what would happen [when the chemicals mixed] and was shocked by what it did. Her mother is shocked, too.”

After the explosion Wilmot was taken into custody by a school resources officer and charged with possession/discharge of a weapon on school grounds and discharging a destructive device. She will be tried as an adult.

She was then taken to a juvenile assessment center. She was also expelled from school and will be forced to complete her diploma through an expulsion program.

Polk County School released the following statement:

“Anytime a student makes a bad choice it is disappointing to us. Unfortunately, the incident that occurred at Bartow High School yesterday was a serious breach of conduct. In order to maintain a safe and orderly learning environment, we simply must uphold our code of conduct rules. We urge our parents to join us in conveying the message that there are consequences to actions. We will not compromise the safety and security of our students and staff.”

So, sorry kids. Don’t try any extracurricular science projects on school grounds, especially if they could result in anything resembling an explosion.

Kiera Wilmot got good grades and had a perfect behavior record. She wasn't the kind of kid you'd expect to find hauled away in handcuffs and expelled from school,Update: Riptide spoke to the Polk County School District about why they felt expulsion was a fair punishment for Wilmot. Their response: kids should learn that “there are consequences to their actions.”

We’ve also obtained the police report from the incident. It shows that Wilmot was mixing toilet bowl cleaner and aluminum foil. Read the full update and the police report here.

See Full Report:

http://blogs.miaminewtimes.com/riptide/2013/04/florida_teen_girl_charged_with.php

See also:

– Florida School Responds To Criticism For Expelling Student Over Science Project: “There Are Consequences To Actions”

UPDATE (ON Kiera Wilmot Florida Teen Charged and Expelled)!!!

May. 22, 2013

Kiera Wilmot is going to space camp.

In late April, the 16-year-old central Florida honor student was accused of igniting a chemical explosion on school grounds, leading to her arrest and suspension from school, but authorities dropped criminal charges last week.

http://abcnews.go.com/US/cleared-charges-honor-student-space-camp/story?id=19236561#.UZ6P3LW1FGh

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