Florida Teen Girl Charged With Felony After Science Experiment Goes Bad

(MIAMI NEW TIMES)   Kiera Wilmot got good grades and had a perfect behavior record. She wasn’t the kind of kid you’d expect to find hauled away in handcuffs and expelled from school, but that’s exactly what happened after an attempt at a science project went horribly wrong.

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.”

After the explosion Wilmot was taken into custody by a school resources officer and charged with possession/discharge of a weapon on school grounds and discharging a destructive device. She will be tried as an adult.

She was then taken to a juvenile assessment center. She was also expelled from school and will be forced to complete her diploma through an expulsion program.

Polk County School released the following statement:

“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.”

So, sorry kids. Don’t try any extracurricular science projects on school grounds, especially if they could result in anything resembling an explosion.

 

Bartow High School Principal Ronald Pritchard

Address: 1270 S Broadway Ave  Bartow, FL 33830

EMAIL:  Ronald.Pritchard@polk-fl.net   PHONE: (863)- 534-7400  Fax: (863)534-0077

Polk County Superintendent: Dr. John Stewart

Address: 1915 South Floral Avenue, Bartow, FL 33831

PHONE: (863) 534-0521 Fax: (863) 519-8231 Email: john.stewart@polk-fl.net

Polk Regional Juvenile Detention Ctr

ADDRESS: 2155 Bob Phillips Road, Bartow, FL 33830

TEL: 863-534-7090
FAX: 863-534-7024
EMAIL: pio@polksheriff.org

 

ORIGINAL ARTICLE HERE

2 Responses to Florida Teen Girl Charged With Felony After Science Experiment Goes Bad

  • If there was ever a case for jury nullification this is the one.

  • When I was 16 I used to make home made gunpowder – charcoal, sulfur and saltpeter. Stuff usually only fizzled.

    When I was around 13, I walked inside a pharmacy and asked for 90% hydrogen peroxide. I read an old science experiment book, and inside was how to make a rocket engine using H2O2. The pharmacist laughed and said the strongest he had was 8% for bleaching hair. (Stuff didn’t work at all.)

    I guess today I’d be carted away as a maximum security risk.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Show some support!

We are 100% Listener & User supported!! Every little bit helps us continue. Donations help fund the site and keep all the free information on it. Thanks in advance and KEEP UP THE FIGHT!!!

Visitor Map

Subscribe For New Posts & Updates

Enter your email address to subscribe to FederalJack and Popeyeradio and you will receive notifications of new posts by email.

News Categories
The Wigner Effect
Col. L Fletcher Prouty: Secret Team