"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?