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Sixteen year old student Kiera Wilmot performed a chemistry experiment in her high school's lab to see what would happen when some chemicals mixed. The 8oz water bottle holding the chemicals' top popped off and some smoke was emitted, no one was injured and no property was damaged. She did not know beforehand it would cause that reaction. Her principal initially defended her actions as an accident but school security took her into police custody where she is facing FELONY charges and has been expelled from school. The code of conduct states that there must have been intent to cause harm, but as Kiera and the principal stated, there was not ill intent. This is a clear case of wrongful criminilization and will destroy Kiera's bright future. More on the case here: http://feministing.com/2013/05/01/the-effects-of-unchecked-criminalization-teen-charged-with-felony-for-science-experiment/
Joe Hall, Chief of Police (Bartow, FL)
Ronald Pritchard, Bartow Principal
Dr. John Stewart, Polk County Superintendent
Jerry Hall, (Polk County) State Attorney Tenth Judicial Circuit
States Attorney Jerry Hill, Drop Felony Charges against 16 year old Kiera Wilmot for performing a science experiment. It was an accident that harmed no one. Don't discourage students from entering the sciences.
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Decision-maker Polk County FL Sheriff's Office responds:
Please remove our agency’s name from your online petition. This is not our case. I repeat, this is not a matter that involves the Polk County Sheriff’s Office in any way.
This case was investigated by the Bartow Police...
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