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Experiment results in expulsion, felony charges for Bartow girl

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Monday, April 29th, a 16-year-old student arrives at school, early on a Monday, to work on a science experiment. As Miami's News Times reports: "Kiera Wilmot got good grades and had a perfect behavior record. She wasn't the kind of kid you'd expect to find hauled away in handcuffs and expelled from school, but that's exactly what happened after an attempt at a science project went horribly wrong."
    
Wilmot mixed some chemicals in a plastic bottle. The reaction "caused a small explosion that caused the top to pop up and produced some smoke. No one was hurt and no damage was caused." Her principal would later tell a local TV station that "She wanted to see what would happen (when the chemicals mixed) and was shocked by what it did. Her mother is shocked, too." He added he didn't believe she meant to hurt anyone.
    
Wilmot was taken into custody by a school resources officer, was charged (including a felony) and will be tried as an adult. Suffice to say, she was also expelled from school. Last week, when asked about the punishment, the school district said that children need to learn "there are consequences for their actions."

Appearing on the Website, change.org, is a petition that urges Florida State Attorney Jerry Hill and Assistant State Attorney Tammy Glotfelty to drop the charges against Wilmot.  The on-line petition asks visitors to sign it so that Wilmot's life will not be "turned upside down" for a "simple mistake."  Additionally, the petition further claims that the incident is not related to any criminal acts and that Wilmot should not be punished because "someone wants to make a statement."

 

 

 

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