Florida Teenager Expelled, Arrested for Accidental "Science Experiment" Explosion
May 3, 2013 2:00 PM
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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.
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.
Miami New Times
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5/7/2013 3:38:48 PM
Let me start by stating that I am a 70 year old white American male. That said, I would also like to call attention to the obvious bigotry that is being demonstrated in this article and in the comments to the article.
Point 1; No reputable news agency would ever publish the picture of a minor. PERIOD!!! If Kiera Wilmot was white would you have posted her picture? I seriousely doubt it. SHAME ON YOU, all news agencies involved.
Point 2 ; Without the picture prominently pointing out the fact the she is an African American. I dare say that 90% of the "I hate Kiera Wilmot" posters would not even have taken the time to post: after all, without proof of her ethnicity they would have no valid reason to hate her.
Point 3; She at least had the good sense and presence of mind to conduct the test outside and alone, thereby assuring that no property and no person, outside of herself, was in any danger. I commend her for this.
As an example of the rampant double standards prevalent in our wonderful Christian Society, just last week in my city (Las Vegas, NV) a group of kids of various ages broke into an empty house and vandalised it, played with and set off fireworks inside of it, were observed for several hours by adult neighbors as they were running in and out of the house (not one of which felt it necessary to check into or call the police). The end result of all of this was that they managed to burn the house to the ground, the death of one of the kids, a 7 year old boy, and a critically burned 10 year old boy. The wonderfully vigilant law enforcement agencies of our fair city deemed that NO CHARGES be filed against any of the involved parties, including their obviousely unconcerned parents.
Of course it goes without saying, All Those Involved Were White!!!!!
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