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She was arrested and charged for possession and discharge of a weapon on school property too

A teenage girl from Florida has been expelled from her high school for an accidental explosion caused by mixing chemicals together [outside] on school grounds.

Kiera Wilmot, 16, a Bartow High School student in Florida, was expelled from school when her chemistry experiment exploded. She was mixing some household chemicals (toilet cleaner and aluminum foil) in an 8-ounce water bottle when the top popped off unexpectedly and an explosion occurred.

According to Wilmot, she thought this combination would simply create a bit of smoke, and that the explosion was an accident.

However, Wilmot was arrested on Monday and charged with possession and discharge of a weapon on school property and discharging a destructive device. 

Kiera Wilmot

She was also expelled from school, and will now have to continue her high school career in an expulsion program.

These extreme consequences are due to zero-tolerance programs, which were enacted in schools in 1994. At that time, Congress required states to adopt laws that expelled students who brought firearms to school for at least a year. All 50 states adopted the laws in order to receive federal funding.

Many are in opposition of these laws, saying that it isn't fair to good kids who make occasional mistakes. Many oppose what happened to Wilmot as well, but the school district has responded to the incident saying that they reacted properly, as the law requires. 

"Unfortunately, what she did falls into our code of conduct," Leah Lauderdale, a spokeswoman for the district, tells Riptide. "It's grounds for immediate expulsion.

"We urge our parents to convey to their kids that there are consequences to their actions."

Lauderdale said Wilmot can challenge her expulsion, but there's no word on whether she has or not at this point. 

Sources: Yahoo News, Huffington Post, Miami New Times

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RE: Disgusting and short-sighted
By Hakuryu on 5/3/2013 3:45:20 PM , Rating: 1
Which begs the question - why wasn't there supervision? Any case like this outside of a school, and we'd be blaming her parents for not paying attention to what she was doing.

Teachers are at fault here. They are professionals who deal with children, and yet this one had no idea what one of his/her students were doing. Or did the teacher know, yet didn't think anything about it?

I'd appeal if I was the girl, and probably sue the school system also, for gross negligence in not supervising a potentially dangerous experiment, and making materials known to explode available to the students.

RE: Disgusting and short-sighted
By FaaR on 5/3/2013 7:48:12 PM , Rating: 2
I see what you did there...

RE: Disgusting and short-sighted
By mars2k on 5/4/2013 9:03:20 AM , Rating: 1
Yeah school districts, you gotta love them. This is about some hysterical dingbat with a rule book. A remedial reader in a power position. This isn’t zero tolerance its zero intelligence
This was an experiment that blew up. Lots of experiments blow up, so what. Experiments are about seeking knowledge. In this case this young student has learned not to even try.

RE: Disgusting and short-sighted
By Kazinji on 5/4/2013 2:10:56 PM , Rating: 5
Works bombs aren't made by "accident".

RE: Disgusting and short-sighted
By Reclaimer77 on 5/5/2013 2:20:22 PM , Rating: 2
Which begs the question - why wasn't there supervision?

This happened at seven in the morning, before school. What supervision are you talking about?

But I guess I can't blame you. Your entire post is a reflection on the fact that there's not nearly enough factual information presented to the reader about the particulars of this incident to make an informed opinion.

Tiffany strikes again. Seriously Tiffany, you suck as a journalist.

RE: Disgusting and short-sighted
By EricMartello on 5/6/2013 5:53:30 AM , Rating: 2
Tiffany strikes again. Seriously Tiffany, you suck as a journalist.

What if she's hot?

By Reclaimer77 on 5/6/2013 6:55:40 PM , Rating: 2
Reclaimer77 only dates the hottest of the hot. 8.5 minimum and up only.

She can be hot as she wants, I'm just tired of reading her bullsh#t. Also she never participates in the discussions like Brandon or Mick, maybe because she knows there's no defense for her practices...

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