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Old 05-01-2013, 05:40 PM  
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The criminalization of our children continues

Arrested, expelled and who knows what's gonna happen to her. But chances are, her life is ruined. Why? A science experiment with a water bottle and the cap blew off.

But she's just an unimportant person, not of any rich family or anything so who cares, right?

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A Florida teen with an exemplary record is facing federal charges after conducting what a classmate calls “a science project gone bad.”

16-year-old Kiera Wilmot is accused of mixing housing chemicals in a small water bottle at Bartow High School, causing the cap to fly off and produce a bit of smoke. The experiment was conducted outdoors, no property was damaged, and no one was injured.

Not long after Wilmot’s experiment, authorities arrested her and charged her with “possession/discharge of a weapon on school property and discharging a destructive device,” according to WTSP-TV. The school district proceeded to expel Wilmot for handling the “dangerous weapon,” also known as a water bottle. She will have to complete her high school education through an expulsion program.

Friends and staffers, including the school principal, came to Wilmot’s defense, telling media that authorities arrested an upstanding student who meant no harm.

"She is a good kid," principal Ron Richard told WTSP-TV. "She has never been in trouble before. Ever."

"She just wanted to see what happened to those chemicals in the bottle," a classmate added. "Now, look what happened."

Polk County Schools stands by its decision to expel Wilmot, asserting in a statement, “there are consequences to actions,” and calling Wilmot’s experiment a “serious breach of conduct.”
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Old 05-16-2013, 09:36 AM   #121
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Good to see the charges dropped.

We brought homemade matchbombs to high school and were setting them off between classes. Got caught, got the rest confiscated and a stern talking to. My, how times have changed.
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Old 05-16-2013, 09:42 AM   #122
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Agreed. That silly and archaic "no bombs allowed at schools" policy should be updated to "some bombs allowed at schools".

When will we learn?
16-year-old Kiera Wilmot is accused of mixing housing chemicals in a small water bottle at Bartow High School, causing the cap to fly off and produce a bit of smoke. The experiment was conducted outdoors, no property was damaged, and no one was injured.


heh funny- you think that's a bomb.
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Old 05-16-2013, 09:42 AM   #123
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Agreed. That silly and archaic "no bombs allowed at schools" policy should be updated to "some bombs allowed at schools".

When will we learn?
Yeah... who will save us from the senseless terror of unsupervised science experiments? They're lucky that puff of smoke didn't level the town...
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Old 05-16-2013, 09:42 AM   #124
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I don't see how anyone could draw any conclusions about what really happened from this article. Kid was 16, not 6. If she was purposefully mixing chemicals that she thought would produce some time of reaction to blow up a water bottle, you gotta deal with that, no?

Seems like most people on here are saying--a 16 yr-old tried to create a small explosion at school. No one got hurt, so what's the big deal?
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Old 05-16-2013, 09:42 AM   #125
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Agreed. That silly and archaic "no bombs allowed at schools" policy should be updated to "some bombs allowed at schools".

When will we learn?
Always good to see who can't be bothered to actually read the articles for comprehension.
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Old 05-16-2013, 09:45 AM   #126
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Yeah... who will save us from the senseless terror of unsupervised science experiments? They're lucky that puff of smoke didn't level the town...
The world was just seconds away from another Chernobyl level event. Thank goodness that teen

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The principal agreed and said she simply made a bad decision.

“Honestly, I don’t think she meant to ever hurt anyone,” he told the television station. “She wanted to see what would happen when the chemicals mixed and was shocked by what it did. Her mother is shocked, too.”

The principal said the young lady was completely up front and honest about what happened.

“She didn’t run or try to hide the truth,” he said.

Nevertheless, the school district called the police, had her arrested and expelled her from school.
was stopped before she could kill hundreds.
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Old 05-16-2013, 09:46 AM   #127
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Yeah... who will save us from the senseless terror of unsupervised science experiments? They're lucky that puff of smoke didn't level the town...
I agree completely. We need to let students decide for themselves what explosions are appropriate at schools. I think everyone can agree that teenagers should be mixing chemicals at schools without supervision. That's just common sense.
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Old 05-16-2013, 09:54 AM   #128
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To me, at some point, schools need to realize that 0 tolerance policies don't always work the way you would hope. This is one example, I believe, that if there is no back story, no more details, there should have been no punishment.
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Old 05-16-2013, 09:55 AM   #129
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I agree completely. We need to let students decide for themselves what explosions are appropriate at schools. I think everyone can agree that teenagers should be mixing chemicals at schools without supervision. That's just common sense.
You're going to hurt yourself stretching the hyperbola that far....
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Old 05-16-2013, 10:05 AM   #130
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I agree completely. We need to let students decide for themselves what explosions are appropriate at schools. I think everyone can agree that teenagers should be mixing chemicals at schools without supervision. That's just common sense.
People are rightly questioning yet another "no tolerance" policy that allows a school administrator no room to make a reasoned decision about appropriate consequences for a bad decision. The principal, as quoted, seems very reasonable and unhappy with the school district's choice to have her arrested and expelled, rather than being able to weigh a more appropriate consequence for a good student who made a bad choice that had no impact at all other than to startle her.

I really wish people could stop passing policy anywhere that removes good judgment from the equation. Our children see no examples of real thought anymore. That is what student council's and student honor committees used to be about. Teaching kids to weigh hard decisions and compromise. We have turned everything into an extreme response with no middle grounds and then wonder why our country is increasingly divided to the extremes.

I wish her a good future and hope that this expulsion doesn't lose her any opportunities.
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Old 05-23-2013, 08:04 AM   #131
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The story gets even better. Science rules!

Teen Who Was Expelled From School For Science Explosion Receives Full Scholarship U.S. Space Academy

Kiera Wilmot made an honest mistake, but the police were trying to throw away her life with a felony. After the community stood up for the girl, the charges were dropped, and she was allowed to move on with her life. Well, her greatness is really starting to shine, as she was recently granted several extraordinary opportunities through scholarship offers she has received.

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Kiera Wilmot, the 16-year-old honor student expelled from her high school after she allegedly ignited a chemical explosion on school property, received a full scholarship to the U.S. Space Academy, courtesy of a NASA veteran who, as a teenager, was accused of starting a forest fire during a science experiment.
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Old 05-23-2013, 08:30 AM   #132
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I don't see how anyone could draw any conclusions about what really happened from this article. Kid was 16, not 6. If she was purposefully mixing chemicals that she thought would produce some time of reaction to blow up a water bottle, you gotta deal with that, no?

Seems like most people on here are saying--a 16 yr-old tried to create a small explosion at school. No one got hurt, so what's the big deal?
And you're not drawing a conclusion?

There's always clowns that side with completely senseless people.
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Old 05-23-2013, 08:42 AM   #133
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That's ridiculous. Do you know how many bottles I blew up as a kid? Slap their hand and say, "Don't do that again." Move on.
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Old 05-23-2013, 08:45 AM   #134
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Hell I used to mix shit with baking soda.

BOOM.

What a bunch of crap.
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