Florida Teen Kiera Wilmot Arrested, Expelled over School ‘Science Project’
A Central Florida teen was arrested and expelled from her high school over what she claims was a harmless extracurricular science project involving an exploding water bottle.
By all accounts, 16-year-old Kiera Wilmot was a model student.
That’s all changed now, however.
According to the Ledger, Wilmot was arrested last Monday after she allegedly brought a bottle filled with an explosive mixture of toilet bowl cleaner and aluminum foil to school in what her friends and classmates called “a science project gone bad.” The volatile mixture caused the bottle to explode weakly, causing some noise and a little smoke outside the school building and away from most students and staff. No one was hurt. Nothing was damaged but Wilmot’s future, as she was arrested and charged with “possession/discharge of a weapon on school property and discharging a destructive device”– both felonies.
Wilmot will be tried as an adult, the Miami New Times reports. She was also expelled from Bartow High and will now complete her secondary education in an expulsion program.
“She made a bad choice,” Pritchard told WTSP. “Honestly, I don’t think she ever meant to 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.”
“I heard she didn’t want to hurt anyone at all,” student Dynequa Price told WTSP. “It was a science project.”
Polk County Schools released the following statement regarding the incident:
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.
But apparently it will compromise a promising student’s future by involving police in what appears to be a case of nothing more than scientific curiosity.