16-year-old Kiera Wilmot conducted a science experiment with toilet cleaner and aluminum foil that caused a minor explosion which did not harm anyone or cause any damage. She did it on her own free time and in the pursuit of knowledge. Normal, well-adjusted, intelligent people would of course commend her for pursuing her own education, but she lives in Florida so that is not what happened. Since she did it on school grounds, the school’s resources officer had her arrested. She will be tried as an adult and has been permanently expelled from school. She must now complete her education through an expulsion program.
Wilmot failed to inform anyone of her experiment and I concede that there was a real potential for harm here that cannot be overlooked, but the absolute reality here is that exactly NOTHING bad happened to anyone, except for Wilmot. Principal Ron Pritchard is quoted as saying, ” “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.”
Polk County School District released this incompetent statement following the incident:
“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.”
This is a severe and unacceptable abuse of our criminal system, and I have zero respect for anyone who supports Bartow High’s criminally unjust decision. This girl did not harm anyone and did not intend to harm anyone, and had she done it on private property she would not have committed any crime. But because our country is afraid of its own shadow these days, and because Florida may very well be the most embarrassing state in the entire country, a poor young girl will suffer and Florida’s judicial system will be weighed down in prosecuting her. Taxpayer money well spent.
We cannot let this young woman be tortured like this. She has absolutely and empirically done nothing worth criminal prosecution for. Below is the a link to the Bartow High School contact form. Please take a moment to send your opinion to the school, but please avoid letting your outrage overtake your reason as cussing at these fools will only make them feel righteous in spite of people who have an actual conscience.
And here’s the contact form for the Polk County School District in Florida:
I will append any additional resources I find to help us rescue this girl from the idiots wasting everyone’s time to harm a child. Shame on you, Bartow High and Polk County School District. You have failed in such a severe manner that I hope someone loses their job over this. I am disgusted.