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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 Darksurf on 5/3/2013 5:46:10 PM , Rating: 4
If you told Albert Einstein that making the Atomic Bomb wasn't science, He'd slap you silly! ;)

It was science. Seriously, who isn't amused by smoke and explosions? We shoot off fireworks for celebrations. As long as nobody was injured and she didn't go out to create an actually destructive and or elaborate bomb in an area where people could seriously be hurt, this couldn't be considered intentional. She may have not known better. I seriously had no clue about this mixture and I've taken Chem1&2 and Organic Chem1&2 in college!

Some people are curious and gullible. Why pick on the sheltered kids cause they have an 'ideal' view of things that doesn't actually exist? If anyone would have been hurt it would have been her. She's fine.

Next thing you know, Dry Ice will be the next 'weapon' of choice. Heck, go all out. Lets call it assault when someone gets hit with a bottle rocket on the 4th of July.

RE: Disgusting and short-sighted
By Motoman on 5/3/2013 6:23:11 PM , Rating: 1

Technically everything is "science" - which is to say, something that happens in the real, physical world. You masturbating in your mom's basement is "science" from that standpoint.

What she was doing, though, was not "research" or any kind...she was not doing an "experiment" or in any way trying to improve upon our understanding of the universe.

She was making a bomb. And she knows it.

RE: Disgusting and short-sighted
By rameshms on 5/3/2013 11:05:42 PM , Rating: 2
You're being harsh.. If she wanted to make a bomb, she'd look up the pressure cooker bomb recipe and blow it somewhere where it'd get most attention.
Clearly she (and may be few friends) was curious on the recipe and try it out. Maybe she could've picked a more secluded place to do it. But again, she's 16.
Expelling student for being curious is ridiculous.

RE: Disgusting and short-sighted
By TSS on 5/4/2013 5:12:25 PM , Rating: 2
It's ridicolous, unless you want to send a message to everybody who's left not to be curious, or to hide your actions, etc.

Then it makes perfect sense.

RE: Disgusting and short-sighted
By SlyNine on 5/4/2013 2:22:53 AM , Rating: 2
Albert Einstein blasted the use of the bomb and had a huge moral dilemma when he helped write that letter. I don't think he wanted the bomb to ever be created. For him it really was a, lesser of two evils, dilemma.

By inighthawki on 5/4/2013 5:02:32 AM , Rating: 2
That doesn't make it any less science.

RE: Disgusting and short-sighted
By inperfectdarkness on 5/4/2013 9:22:42 AM , Rating: 1
It may be science, but it's also teaching immature HS students how to make a bomb. NOT cool.

RE: Disgusting and short-sighted
By leftcheek on 5/12/2013 4:20:29 PM , Rating: 2
Apparently from most peoples comments most teenagers already know how to make this bomb so she isn't teaching them a damn thing.

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