I’m happy to see that charges has been dropped against a student who was demonstrating a science project that went bad. Florida’s record of arresting minority school age children is abysmal…
The Florida teenager who was arrested two weeks ago for causing a small explosion on the campus of her high school will not be charged with a crime. Kiera Wilmot, 16, was arrested by police in Bartow, Florida, after conducting an unauthorized science experiment which lightly damaged an eight ounce plastic water bottle.
At the time, Wilmot faced possible charges for “possessing or discharging weapons or firearms at a school sponsored event or on school property.” If she had been convicted, she could have faced up to five years in prison.
Wilmot’s arrest became a national story, as members of the press and the scientific community insisted that Wilmot was the victim of a massive overreaction from law enforcement. A crowdfunded legal defense fund netted over $8,000 to cover Wilmot’s potential legal fees, and a Change.org petition to get the charges dropped received nearly 200,000 signatures.
“Even though I don’t have the privilege of knowing Kiera, I believe we all have the responsibility to stand up with one another whenever there is injustice and felt I had to do whatever I could to make sure the unjust felony charges were dropped,” said Maggie Gilman, the creator of the petition, in a statement circulated by Change.org. “I’m very thankful to the 195,000 people who stood with Kiera and signed the petition on Change.org!”
Wilmot has already served a ten-day suspension, and is now attending another high school, according to her attorney.
- Charges dropped against teen in science experiment ‘bomb’ (news.cnet.com)
- Kiera Wilmot Is Coming to Alabama For School (geekalabama.com)
- No charges for teen after explosion at Fla. school (sfgate.com)
- Student Arrested for Science Experiment Won’t Face Charges After All (theatlanticwire.com)
- Victory: Kiera Wilmot Will Not Be Prosecuted For Exploding Science Experiment! (newsone.com)