Kiera Wilmot, Student Arrested for Science Experiment, Won't Face Charges

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Kiera Wilmot, the teenage girl who was arrested, expelled from school and charged with two adult felonies all for conducting a science experiment on school grounds, will not face any criminal charges after all.

According to The Orlando Sentinel, the State Attorney's Office announced today it will not pursuit charges against the Bartow High School student.

See also:
- Kiera Wilmot's Failed Science Experiment Brings Out the Racism

Back in April, Wilmot mixed some household chemicals with some aluminum foil in a water bottle. It cause a small explosion, but no one was hurt and no property was damaged. Before that, Wilmot had a clean behavioral record and was a stand out student. The perceived overreaction to the case by both police and school officials caused a national outrage.

Wilmot, however, will not have to worry about racking up a criminal record thanks to her youthful curiosity -- a possibility that raised outrage online and sparked a national petition that's drawn nearly 200,000 signatures in Wilmot's support. From The Sentinel:

The State Attorney said that it extended "an offer of diversion of prosecution to the child," typically a probationary program that allows the youngster to perform community service and avoid a criminal record. Kiera and her guardian signed the agreement, it said.

Wilmot will not be allowed to return to Bartow High, though. After serving a 10-day suspension, Wilmot must now attend classes at an alternative high school in order to complete her degree.

See also:
- Kiera Wilmot's Story Blows Up, but Where's the Herald?
- Scientists Back Kiera Wilmot by Tweeting About All the Stuff They've Blown Up
- Kiera Wilmot Case: Prosecutor Who OK'ed Arrest Let Another Teen Slide for Killing Brother
- Florida School Responds to Criticism for Expelling Student Over Science Project: "There Are Consequences to Actions"
- Florida Teen Girl Charged With Felony After Science Experiment Goes Bad

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youalready
youalready

This is still bad! She should NOT have to attend an alternate high school! She should be able to attend her own! WTF is going on!?!?!

Doug Jones
Doug Jones

Christopher, the U.S. law enforcement will find any excuse to arrest anyone. We have more people in jail than anywhere else in the world. It's sad for us all.

dlmetcalf
dlmetcalf

Very glad she won't get a criminal record for this.  No one will know for sure what happened, but there's a good chance it was still an agreement made by the extortion and duress of threatening grossly excessive charges.  Maybe the State Attorney could spend their time on landing criminal charges against some banking executives for laundering drug cartel money (HSBC).   Or how about five years after destroying the world economy and triggering collapse of countries around the world, not a single Wall Street exec has faced criminal charges.  But no, they've got bigger fish to fry, like a black school girl experimenting with science.

Amanda670
Amanda670

So an alternative high school? Like a different high school or the one where they house all the "bad" kids and is basically a babysitting service?

Christopher J Warren
Christopher J Warren

They will try to find anything they can to arrest a person of color. Especially if that color person is smart.

Julio Cesar Toro
Julio Cesar Toro

Fucking pigs and haters wasting money stupidly to prosecute the future. No shame

Peter Clark
Peter Clark

Hell yes! Thank god! This was one of the STUPIDEST things I've ever heard in my life! Now go show 'em who's boss Kiera!

Jason Herrera
Jason Herrera

nice, waiting till the next article FL starts some shit on

Veronica Santana
Veronica Santana

She should have never been arrested in the first place. she should be given a scholarship and sent to a good science school

lulurushmore
lulurushmore

@youalready I'll explain to you what is going on since you are so perplexed. Students are not permitted to do random "experiments" unsupervised on a high school campus. The reason for this rule should be obvious, but I'll give you a hint: it has to do with safety. At the new school she is attending, there is a student/teacher ratio that will allow for her to be more closely supervised in case she wants to do any further "experiments." 

lulurushmore
lulurushmore

@Amanda670 Her new school is a place for students who in some cases might have behavior records, but also may have made just one extremely poor decision. Please do not demean the teachers there by referring to it as a babysitting service. The good teachers in those types of places work themselves to death to mentor the students academically and socially. 

lulurushmore
lulurushmore

@Veronica Santana Students earn scholarships by obtaining above average grades, participating in community service, and through the generosity of charities. Giving out a scholarship to someone who decided to play around with chemicals on school grounds doesn't send a great message to the kids who are actually interested in science but choose to follow the rules. 

roundelay78
roundelay78

@lulurushmore 

 What Wilmot did was stupid, but she sure as hell didn't deserve to have two felonies immediately slapped on her---considering she apparently hurt NO one an damaged NO property, this was a big overreaction on the school's AND the police's part. Seriously, all they had to do was suspend her---why did they even go so far to arrest her in the first place?  A bully like George Zimmerman basically got to walk after killing an unarmed teenager, plus he had a record of assaulting not one, but TWO police officers ( which is a felony) and yet still walked. A 16 year old black high school student with no criminal record is immediately threatened  with 2 felonies because of a dumb mistake that caused NO one any harm whtsoever, and gets kicked out of school as if she's a criminal? Something  is VERY wrong with this picture. Why do I have the feeling that if she were a white girl this would not have even been an issue and she just would have gotten community service as punishment?

lulurushmore
lulurushmore

@roundelay78 @lulurushmore How can you say what would have happened to a "white girl"? That is pure speculation. School policies are for ALL students, regardless of race. 


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