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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On motoman on this one more so because
5/9/2013 9:16:43 AM
if we changed the situation where, in some alternate universe not ours, someone DID in fact get hurt then I'd say it be prudent that
1) the teenager would be expelled,
2) the school would not be considered "vile" for expelling her,
3) everyone would be posting "if you google this NO RESULTS COME UP AT ANY SHORT INTERVAL about either the merits of this or how this should be an experiment for chemistry
4) even chemistry teachers growing up have commented how this is a dumb thing to do and finally
5) there wouldn't be any "anti-authority" or "it's an experiment"t type of defense going on.
The fact that no one got hurt is a fortunate thing and I'm glad for that. It's funny how when no one gets hurt, we say one thing and another thing when blood and injury occurs. If someone told her to do this because it'd be fun for sh*t & giggles, it's just bad luck and her plus her friend shuld be BOTH expelled in all honesty. And in fairness if I was dumb enough to do this on the "good faith" of a friend, I'd would be content enough that I didn't loose any limbs or hurt anyone as a result and, more so, I'd be too embarrassed to go back to school for my own stupidity and ignorance.
All in all, the school can say it just has a zero-tolerance policy for acts of pure stupidity and ignorance and that's why she was expelled.
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