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"As WTSP-TV reports, Wilmot's principal, Ron Pritchard, explained that she was notorious -- for being a very nice person."
Kiera Wilmot was expelled from school and taken into custody by a school resources officer. She was charged with possession/discharge of a weapon on school grounds and discharging a destructive device. She will be tried as an adult. What exactly did she do? Wilmot mixed toilet bowl cleaner and aluminum foil on school property. No one was harmed, no damage was caused. This combination "has inspired hundreds of YouTube videos and generally produces a fairly unimpressive explosion." What came of Wilmot's experiment? "The reaction caused a small explosion that caused the top to pop up and produced some smoke." And for this she is being expelled and arrested, tried as an adult? This is ridiculous, and I want school officials, police officers and lawmakers to know that instead of their "zero tolerance policy", they should use some common sense before ruining someone's life. It's very easy to just say "rules are rules" instead of looking at the facts of the situation and making a fair judgment call. She's not a threat to society. She is a child who has never been in trouble with the law, got good grades, and had a perfect behavior record. Did she make a mistake? Yes, she did. Should she be punished for it? Perhaps. But to label her as a "felon" and expel is excessive and will crumble her future opportunities. Polk County School District state that this was a fair punishment and that kids should learn that "there are consequences to their actions." Yes, there are. And everyone in modern society should learn this. But those consequences should be reasonable. Please sign this petition if you think justice is not being served for poor Kiera Wilmot. It is barbaric that the school district decided to treat her as harshly as possible in order to make her an example so other kids do not misbehave. Let the punishment fit the crime. If she did something harmless, then she should not be harmed and paying for the consequences of her actions for years to come.