5.03.2013

I Assure You Polk County, You Will Be Eating Crow Real Soon

I hate Florida. I do. People don't really count us as the deep south but we really are. Folks down here can be really right wing, racist, country, and just plain idiotic. Curiousity is a crime. Good jobs are hard to come by, and shit is damn expensive. Rural poverty is widespread. The rich folks, and retirees model the cities and towns after their needs. There is a real "fuck the poor", "Fuck minorities", "Fuck women", and "Fuck children" mentality down here. Unless you've been living under a rock I'm sure most of you have gotten familiar with the whole Kiera Wilmot situation. Kiera is a 16 year old student at Bartow High (Florida's Heartland). This girl is literally 2 counties away from me. She found herself in a world of trouble after testing a science experiment before school.


"On 7 a.m. on Monday, the 16 year-old mixed some common household chemicals in a small 8 oz water bottle on the grounds of Bartow High School in Bartow, Florida. 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.
According to WTSP, Wilmot told police that she was merely conducting a science experiment. Though her teachers knew nothing of the specific project, her principal seems to agree.
"She made a bad choice. Honestly, I don't think she meant to ever hurt anyone," principal Ron Pritchard told the station. "She wanted to see what would happen [when the chemicals mixed] and was shocked by what it did. Her mother is shocked, too.""



So this girl made a bad choice. This was a typical teenage error in judgement give her detention, an in school suspension, make her write a paper, but a FELONY CHARGE!? They decided to charge Kiera as an adult even though she's an honor student who have never had any previous problems. This would never happen to a white male. This charge was brought on by the same woman who allowed a 13 year old boy to go free after killing his little brother with a BB gun. She called it a "freak accident". Many are calling the charges racist, and I agree. I know lots of white boys who did this in school when I was in high school, and they got way less punishment. The charges have since been dropped after many people took notice, and aired their discontent with zero-tolerance polices. The school to prison pipeline is real and no student of color no matter how smart and well behaved is immune. The fact that the prosecutors, and the school district thought that this was cool, and that they would get away with ruining a child's life over an error in judgement really makes my blood boil. This is clearly an abuse of power, and malicious prosecution. What are we going to achieve by expelling this young bright student, and leaving her for the crows. Whoever called the police deserves a tight slap across the face. This situation could have been handled in the principal's office with the parents. Instead the school board stuck with it's decision saying that "there are consequences to actions". What ever happened to discretion. The school didn't have to go as far as calling the police. It was at their discretion to deal with the situation the best way possible. What ever happened to factoring in intent? Apparently none of these things mattered as they took her away in handcuffs. This only makes me think of all the young minorities who had their life ruined, and turned into second class citizens over simple mistakes.

Where is common sense these days?

The good thing is that a lot of people know better than to allow this to happen and stood up against a ruthless, corrupt, penal system. Kiera is a trending topic on twitter, and many major news sources are talking about her. Many scientist have spoken up on her behalf, and her Change.Org petition already have over 30,000 signatures. I hope this ends very well for her, and very badly for those who thought it was a good idea to gang up on a teenager. If authority figures wonder why the youth don't trust, respect, and obey them it's becuase of situations like this.

What do you think?

7 comments:

  1. You know they got to always try to scapegoat Black folk to keep their stereotypes about us alive. A couple of days ago, they were talking abou"dangerous cities" in the USA. I was looking at the news in them discussing a neighborhood in ATL and there was a neighborhood there that was ranked the 9th most dangerous place.

    Thought I've never lived in the community, I had an aunt who did. I've never felt threatened being there. They're rebuilding the neighborhood and guess what? WHITE Folks are moving there...and I don't mean the poor ones. One White guy that was interviewed in that section of ATL said that he has had his car stolen in Midtown Atl 3 TIMES yet when he more to Lakewood.,his car has not been stolen. I believe him. Its crazy how the people come up their logic. Just about everyday, you hear something bad taking place in Midtown and Uptown (Buckead) Atlanta because they are considered to be yuppish and/or upper crust enclaves, yet Lakewood gets that distinction. Even more senseless, if a burglar wanted to steal valuables who would they think would stereotypically have more?

    Far as Kiera, have they ever heard of "trial and error"? I thought that is what science was all about? Kiera isn't a scientist.Shes just learning as with other scientists. I had a former Geology professor that admitted to throwing a mineral n a nearby lake. He and friend KNEW how dangerous it was (its naturally explosive)) to pull the stunt, but they did it anyway. It was in the seventies.They got suspened, but not expel led.

    Call me crazy, but ever since Obama has been in office, people have been very aggressive in discrediting us..whether by using stereotypes, statistics , and other things to make us as world examples of crimes. Kiera didn't do anything that is crime worthy, but they want to make an example out of her.

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  2. Where's this vigilance in schools where white boys are blowing holes through teachers and classmates?

    Whatever.

    I really hope Kiera comes out on top. This is bullshit. The child's a role model, not a wreck. Polk County needs pimp-slapped with a lawsuit.

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    1. Where's this vigilance in schools where white boys are blowing holes through teachers and classmates?


      THIS! FUCKIN' THIS!!!!!!!!!

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    2. Yes, I second this and add a standing ovation to it.

      I mean seriously no like really. Is this even real? This is a joke right? I have seen some crazy things back in high school and there was no expulsion just detention or suspension.

      Like I said in another post; the person who wanted to prosecute is a Douche!

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  3. What do I think? I think several things...firstly the, pardon my use of the pejorative, "cracker" so-called educators in Flawda, yes, that's what I call the name of the state as does everyone, native and tourists alike, have little patience with Negroes! They have no patience with our young people; nor have they patience with the parents/guardians who are advocates of the students. They are straight up racist in the decisions they make...even in the 21st Century with a black man in the White House!

    I've lived in Flawda...it ain't what you'd think or expect, if your expectations are the people inhabiting the place would be reasonable and modern in their thinking...fageddaboud it! Even the educated native Flawridians are unabashedly i'gnant and racist.

    The trend in education everywhere is to criminalize the children...especially the black ones, because the expectation of the whites is the blacks will become criminals anyway...many believe it's just a matter of time.

    My assessment may sound harsh...it's only because I've seen what these folks are capable of and it ain't cute.

    I pray the Lord in heaven will save this young girl...that she will be lifted up to do great things. Whether you believe in prayer or not let's envision a positive outcome for this young woman!

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  4. Hope that crow tastes reeeeeaaaal good! She and her sister are getting a free ride to Space Camp! And methinks that's only the beginning. What Polk County did was get that girl some powerful attention. And her sister's gonna benefit!

    http://www.themarysue.com/girl-expelled-update/

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    1. LOL - I didn't know it would be this soon.

      And I applaud how the scientific community had this girl's back. Seems like the scientific folks are the few remaining who have any sense left.

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