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Bartow teen faces charges for bringing homemade bomb to school

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BARTOW, FL (WFLA) -

A Bartow Senior High School student who faces felony charges of bringing an explosive weapon to school was back home with her parents Tuesday.

Police arrested Kiere Roslyn Wilmot,16, Monday morning after officials said she mixed household chemicals in a small plastic bottle causing an explosion on the school's campus. No one was injured and no buildings were damaged, according to officials.

"Basically what she did was make a homemade bomb," explained Bartow Police Lieutenant Gary McLin.

Investigators said a school resource officer on campus quickly took Wilmot into custody. She was charged with possession and discharge of a weapon on school grounds and discharging a destructive device. Wilmot claimed she was just working on a school project, police stated.

"She stated to the officer... that she was considering doing a science project, and she wanted to try it out," McLin said.

Wilmot was initially transported to the Juvenile Assessment Center in Bartow but eventually released to the custody of her parents.

School district officials said the case is grounds for immediate expulsion for Wilmot. "We're going to do what we need to do working with our law enforcement partners to make sure we maintain a safe and orderly environment for our students at Polk County public schools," said district spokeswoman Leah Lauderdale.

Wilmot's case now goes to the State Attorney's Office for review.

 

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