A teenage girl was expelled from school and charged as an adult for discharging a weapon in school when a science experiment was conducted incorrectly and harmed nobody. This girl did not use a weapon, and was merely learning about science. She deserves to continue her education in school, and have all charges dropped against her.
Kiera Wilmot, a 16-year old student at Bartow Senior High has good grades and an excellent behavior record. Numerous studies show that there is a serious racial and gender disproportionality in school punishment, and this is a prime example of such. Women make up only 20% of computer science jobs, 23% of graduate students in engineering, and only 25% of the STEM workforce. We are not going to resolve the gender gap in science and math fields by punishing girls for pursuing the fields.
- Polk County School District
Dr. John A. Stewart, Superindendent
- Principal, Bartow Senior High
It is a shame that your school and district have decided to punish a good student who is pursuing an education in science. Please drop the charges against Kiera Wilmot and dismiss her suspension, so she can continue her education and her interest in science.
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