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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: Ummm...
By kleinma on 5/3/2013 4:28:03 PM , Rating: 2
Not for nothing, and maybe she knew what she was doing, but what does it matter that it was on the news a few years back? This girl is 16 now. You are going to assign blame based on the fact that a girl that was maybe 12-13 didn't catch a news story on what house hold mixtures can create explosions?

RE: Ummm...
By Motoman on 5/3/2013 4:34:28 PM , Rating: 1
People have been making Drano bombs for a minimum of 20 years. And what she was doing was *exactly* that - she was following instructions someone gave her to make a bomb.


You may as well claim that she didn't know that pouring gas on a cat and throwing a match at it would cause it to burn to death. When was the last time that was reported on TV?

RE: Ummm...
By Motoman on 5/3/2013 4:39:53 PM , Rating: 1
Wilmot told him a friend had told her to mix the two substances, but that she "thought it would just cause some smoke." She told the school official she wasn't trying to hurt anyone or disrupt school, but was simply "conducting a science fair experiment."

The assistant principal called police after talking to Wilmot's science teacher and determining he didn't know about the experiment.

From the local news link. You reckon "a friend told me to do this" is a basis for an actual science fair experiment? How about the fact she did it away from the school, without alerting any school officials - let alone her science teacher - as to what she was doing?

She was making a Drano bomb, and she was aware she was making a Drano bomb, and after she got caught making a Drano bomb she decided to pretend it was all "for science."

RE: Ummm...
By Kefner on 5/3/2013 5:13:24 PM , Rating: 2
Honestly, I never heard of these combining to make anything. Know the old vinegar and baking soda thing, but never hear of toilet cleaner and aluminum foil. Sorry if I, or this young lady haven't kept up with every single news story out there! :)

RE: Ummm...
By Motoman on 5/3/2013 6:20:57 PM , Rating: 2
Forget news story.

This is like claiming you'd never heard of cooking an egg on the sidewalk.

RE: Ummm...
By FaaR on 5/3/2013 7:44:18 PM , Rating: 3
You don't know what she knew, or thought she knew or anything of the sort. Get off your high horse and stop pretending you're the moral compass of the universe.

Regardless of what this girl knew or not, what she did happened off school grounds, and should of course not warrant expulsion, that's totally ridiculous and draconian. Then again, the US has been marching towards a totalitarian taliban police state for decades (a development eagerly applauded by people like you who think they know everything even though they weren't there, I might add), so this story should not surprise anyone.

RE: Ummm...
By Motoman on 5/4/13, Rating: -1
RE: Ummm...
By Camikazi on 5/4/2013 11:29:35 AM , Rating: 2
30 years old here and have made quite a few "bombs" from dry ice and other things and have never heard of this combination (will probably try it out soon though). Don't go around assuming that what you know is known by every other person around. Anyway, intentional or not she did not do this on school grounds which means the school has no reason to expel her at all.

RE: Ummm...
By Motoman on 5/4/2013 12:17:43 PM , Rating: 2
According to an officer, an assistant principal heard an explosion near a gazebo on the school grounds and found Wilmot near a plastic bottle.

...from the local news article.

You should try reading some time.

There's no chance she didn't know she was making something that would blow up. Especially at the direction "of her friend" - and considering all the Drano bomb videos on Youtube and everywhere else.

Note that I haven't said *anything* about whether or not the school's punishment was justified. I'm simply pointing out that there's no way she was just "doing a science experiment."

RE: Ummm...
By Camikazi on 5/4/2013 4:59:08 PM , Rating: 2
I do read but I don't go to the source unless the story really interests me, which this one didn't, and this article didn't state it was on school grounds originally.

RE: Ummm...
By Motoman on 5/4/2013 6:47:14 PM , Rating: 2
Then I accept your admission that you're wrong, and that your comments are therefore invalid.

RE: Ummm...
By leftcheek on 5/12/2013 4:06:30 PM , Rating: 2
Same here never heard of the drano bomb.

RE: Ummm...
By Reclaimer77 on 5/5/2013 2:08:14 PM , Rating: 1
It's Daily Tech lol. I can believe it.

The stupidity of, well, nearly everyone here besides you and I is stunning.

I can't believe people are equating what this girl did with "science experiments" and, of all things, Albert Einstein and the nuclear bomb??

Is everyone here an adolescent with an extreme dislike of teachers and schools? Because the posts here nearly all have that tone, and it's embarrassing.

A modicum of common sense and maturity here would go a long way. The fact that Motoman is nearly alone on this is just depressing.

RE: Ummm...
By BRB29 on 5/6/2013 8:00:43 AM , Rating: 2
One of the few times I will agree with reclaimer77. This is not an experiment, it is stupidity from watching youtube videos. The best thing the article can say is that she's a good student that never got into trouble. So basically, she's a C or B student that has not been expelled, suspended or have any problems with law enforcement yet. Geez, as a teenager, I really hope you haven't gotten into trouble.

Alert Einstein original intention was not to create an atomic bomb to cause destruction. The man is credited for saving humanity more than anything. In fact, you can thank him for nuclear power along with GPS. Most new discoveries in physics are just an extension of his work. Our 2 spacecrafts wouldn't have made it out to interstellar space if it wasn't for Einstein's work. We are still deciphering a lot of his work today and finally proving it's true.

RE: Ummm...
By superflex on 5/6/2013 9:02:04 AM , Rating: 2
The average age of posters defending with the girl is probably somewhere in their 20's.
This POS made a bomb. She knew what the result would be and she did it on school grounds. If she did this at my daughter's high school, I would hope she would be treated the same. You cannot endanger your classmates and feign ignorance.
DT and DC Tiffany using "science experiment" in the title is partly to blame. Ignorant people read a title, skim the opining of Tiffany, and skip the link to the true story and you wonder why America is in decline.
Must of these turds defending this ignorant student get their news from Twitter and social media.
Low information voters at their best.

RE: Ummm...
By bsd228 on 5/6/2013 5:01:58 PM , Rating: 2
Is everyone here an adolescent with an extreme dislike of teachers and schools? Because the posts here nearly all have that tone, and it's embarrassing. A modicum of common sense and maturity here would go a long way. The fact that Motoman is nearly alone on this is just depressing.

Common sense is to presume evil intent and expel from school? That is truly depressing.

I can't tell if the anger here is driven by sexism or the stupidity stemming from zero tolerance policy. I know that in high school I was highly interested in chemical reactions that had a bang. I loved testing that methanol (which I made in a tube) did actually burn. It's a very short step to doing an experiment that back fires. You don't give a kid a free pass for that sort of error, but expulsion seems to be an odd form of 'curiosity killing the cat.'

Now those of you convinced she was practicing bomb making for bad reasons - why would she do her trial run on campus, then?

RE: Ummm...
By 8meagain on 5/10/2013 9:15:58 AM , Rating: 1
Ok, after that rant, I feel it is my duty to DOWN rate you!
RANTING as everyone knows is the 1st step to becoming a terrorists...

You are probably just pissed at the girl because she caused people to notice all the aluminum foil & toilet cleaner you have been buying...

RE: Ummm...
By Wolfpup on 5/10/2013 2:00:13 PM , Rating: 1
These things are not "common knowledge".

It sounds like we've got an inquisitive high school student, and instead of rewarding that, we're punishing her. Fantastic. I hope this doesn't hurt her self esteem nor her willingness to explore.

RE: Ummm...
By OCNewbie on 5/6/2013 10:01:43 AM , Rating: 2
First sentence of the story:

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 .

RE: Ummm...
By Dr of crap on 5/6/2013 12:39:41 PM , Rating: 2
So she wanted to see if it worked.
That's a GOOD reason to expel her. This is the gray area where there "no" policy needs to bend.

RE: Ummm...
By crispbp04 on 5/6/2013 9:59:23 AM , Rating: 2
not for nothing? you must be from Jersey.

"There is a single light of science, and to brighten it anywhere is to brighten it everywhere." -- Isaac Asimov
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