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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 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
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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.


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