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Arrested and expelled? D&D homes cool 2 kids; 2 angel babies; Indiana 60938 posts
2nd May '13

Was the punishment too harsh? What do you think?




A 16-year-old girl was arrested and expelled from her high school after what a friend called a "science project gone bad" resulted in a small explosion.
WTSP reports that Kiera Wilmot of Bartow, Fla., is accused of mixing household chemicals in a small water bottle that later exploded at her high school. No one was hurt.
Principal Ron Pritchard told WTSP that Wilmot is "a good kid" and has "never been in trouble before. Ever." He added:




She made a bad choice. Honestly, I don't think she meant to ever hurt anyone. She wanted to see what would happen [when the chemicals mixed] and was shocked by what it did. Her mother is shocked, too.


WTSP reports that Wilmot was forthcoming with school authorities following the blast. Pritchard also told WTSP that Wilmot "told us everything and was very honest. She didn't run or try to hide the truth. We had a long conversation with her."
The arrest report explains that Wilmot told her assistant principal, Dan Durham, that the explosion was part of a science experiment. However, her science teacher told Durham the explosion was not associated with any school project, and he called the police. Wilmot was arrested and charged with the possession and discharge of a weapon on school grounds and the discharging of a destructive device.
The Polk County School District released a statement:




Anytime a student makes a bad choice it is disappointing to us. Unfortunately, the incident that occurred at Bartow High School yesterday was a serious breach of conduct. In order to maintain a safe and orderly learning environment, we simply must uphold our code of conduct rules. We urge our parents to join us in conveying the message that there are consequences to actions. We will not compromise the safety and security of our students and staff.


Wilmot has plenty of supporters, though. A petition at Change.org argues that Wilmot's "life should not be turned upside down, her future crushed, because someone wants to make a statement." Signers are asking authorities to drop the charges. So far, the petition has more than 1,500 signatures.

Supafly★ 2 kids; Poland 14109 posts
2nd May '13

That's not fair. Poor kid. Who cares if it was a project for school or not? She didn't mean to hurt anyone.

user banned 2 kids; Bat Cave, North Carolina 64587 posts
2nd May '13

IDK, I feel like she basically took a small bomb to school, whether she intended to or not. I think for sure she should've been expelled. If it was household chemicals, what reason did she have to take it to school?



Arrested, though, I don't know. The intent behind it was curiosity, not to harm anyone, so that is a bit excessive, IMO.

_tiffany_ 2 kids; Duval County, FL, United States 3120 posts
2nd May '13

If she was honest and came forward, i think arrest and being expelled is a little extreme. If she was using the chemicals without permission then maybe just suspension



Edit: i didnt see the part about it being household chemicals. But still, it was an accident

Brookie99 1 child; Fort McMurray, Alberta 1126 posts
2nd May '13

<blockquote><b>Quoting Mayhem.:</b>" IDK, I feel like she basically took a small bomb to school, whether she intended to or not. I think for ... [snip!] ... Arrested, though, I don't know. The intent behind it was curiosity, not to harm anyone, so that is a bit excessive, IMO."</blockquote>




This! Plus its just common sense that mixing house hold cleaners and chemicals can be very dangerous and to not do it.

penispenispenisVAGINA 4 kids; Idaho 7061 posts
2nd May '13

Wow! That seems kinda harsh to not only arrest her but then expel her. One school official is saying it was a school project and another school official is saying there wasn't a school project. Either there was or their wasn't and they need to get their stories straight. She shouldn't have mixed household chemicals. Everyone I know knows it's harmful to mix them and could seriously hurt people. I think it would have been fine to suspend her until further investigation finishes and then decide from there. Just like with jobs. They do the investigation and then if the person was in the wrong that's when they get fired.

homes cool 2 kids; 2 angel babies; Indiana 60938 posts
2nd May '13

I think it was pretty stupid to mix the cleaners, but arrested? Expelled? I think it's overkill, personally.

Faye's Mama 1 child; Springfield, MO, United States 4569 posts
2nd May '13

At sixteen you should know better. Whether intentional or not, I think the punishment is just.

homes cool 2 kids; 2 angel babies; Indiana 60938 posts
2nd May '13

I did LOL when I read the mom was shocked. Really, mom? You're shocked mixing household cleaners was dangerous?



I'm going to let my kids mix household cleaners for science though.



Baking soda and vinegar, FTW.

Clk 2 kids; Dexter, Michigan 11930 posts
2nd May '13
Quoting homes cool:" I did LOL when I read the mom was shocked. Really, mom? You're shocked mixing household cleaners was ... [snip!] ... cleaners was dangerous? I'm going to let my kids mix household cleaners for science though. Baking soda and vinegar, FTW."

Fun experiment use red cabbage juice on coffee filter then use different household stuff like baking soda on the paper. Different things make a different color. It's pretty neat.



On topic: Op I'm actually on the fence. I would almost need more information, was this truly a school project or not? The teachers don't even seem to know.

homes cool 2 kids; 2 angel babies; Indiana 60938 posts
2nd May '13
Quoting Clk:" Fun experiment use red cabbage juice on coffee filter then use different household stuff like baking ... [snip!] ... the fence. I would almost need more information, was this truly a school project or not? The teachers don't even seem to know."


We did a cool experiment the other day with goldenrod paper, it was so much fun!



And yes, I think more info is needed as well. This is all I saw though, someone on my FB posted it.

Darcy Baker Williams 53 kids; Illinois 194 posts
2nd May '13

It seems harsh, but if the rules start being bent then where will it stop? Sadly for her, the line has to be drawn. And maybe it will actually prevent a worse tragedy. Besides, if she is really a good kid, the courts will most likely be lenient toward her.

Mari-C 18 kids; Nebraska 3695 posts
2nd May '13
Quoting Mayhem.:" IDK, I feel like she basically took a small bomb to school, whether she intended to or not. I think for ... [snip!] ... Arrested, though, I don't know. The intent behind it was curiosity, not to harm anyone, so that is a bit excessive, IMO."


This.

But she did lie. She said it was for a school project. The teacher reported it wasn't part of a school assignment.

penispenispenisVAGINA 4 kids; Idaho 7061 posts
2nd May '13
Quoting Mrs. C.:" This. But she did lie. She said it was for a school project. The teacher reported it wasn't part of a school assignment."


The assistant principle said it was.

weefee 1 child; Paris, France 419 posts
2nd May '13

It seems harsh to me. It was daft sure but she's 16. I made stupid cocktails in chemistry at that age as did many of my classmates - the didn't do anything except give us a headache.



At least she had some intellectual curiosity. Plus being expelled and given a criminal record will destroy her life. She could possibly find it hard to get a job and her education should suffer. I don't think America needs more kids who risk getting into trouble or facing employment/ education problems (same goes for us btw).



More should be done to stop kids falling through the cracks even those who are troubled kids (not that she seems to have been up until the explosion). She is a kid who made a stupid mistake.