Kiera Wilmot 16 year old arrested for "Science Porject Gone Bad"
I am asking that we come together to help this young lady.The teenager is known among staff for her exemplary record at Bartow High School and her status as a good student. "She is a good kid," said principal Ron Pritchard. "She has never been in trouble before. Ever." All of that changed on Monday morning. The teen is accused of mixing household chemicals in a tiny 8-ounce water bottle, causing the top to pop off, followed by billowing smoke in an small explosion. Wilmot's friends and classmates said it was "a science project gone bad, that she never meant to hurt anyone." Even the teen's principal said, "She made a bad choice. Honestly, I don't think she meant to ever hurt anyone. She wanted to see what would happen [when the chemicals mixed] and was shocked by what it did. Her mother is shocked too." The explosion happened around 7 a.m. Monday morning on school property, and no one was hurt. Staff, along with the school resource officer, acted quickly.Wilmont was arrested Monday morning and charged with possession/discharge of a weapon on school property and discharging a destructive device.The teen was expelled and will now complete her education in an expulsion program. Polk County Schools released this statement today: "Anytime a student makes a bad choice it is disappointing to us. Unfortunately, the incident that occurred at Bartow High School yesterday was a serious breach of conduct. In order to maintain a safe and orderly learning environment, we simply must uphold our code of conduct rules. We urge our parents to join us in conveying the message that there are consequences to actions. We will not compromise the safety and security of our students and staff." Wilmot has a twin sister who also attends school at Bartow High. We asked one student how the teen's sibling reacted to the news about the arrest. "Someone asked her about it in class and she started crying and ran out. As you just read the story about Kiera Wilmot's situation. I feel that this young lady didn't belong in jail. We should help our children when something goes wrong not put them in prison. I am asking for your help for this child by signing this petition. To get her a sentence reduced. I thank you all for your loving support for Kiera Wilmont.