Source: Tim Elfrink / Miami New Times
There are a lot of reasons Kiera Wilmot’s story has exploded online this week. First, there’s the sheer weirdness of a 16-year-old getting in huge trouble for a science experiment gone wrong. Then there’s the racial aspect: A black girl — exactly the type of kid underrepresented in the scientific studies — getting heavily punished for her curiosity. But craziest of all, most of the web seems to agree, are the legal charges she’s facing: two felonies for, in essence, a project that didn’t hurt anyone.
The potential charges are even more galling considering that same prosecutor who gave police the OK to arrest Wilmot elected not to charge a 13-year-old just three weeks earlier for fatally shooting his younger brother.
A police report obtained by Riptide earlier this week shows that after Wilmot’s assistant principal caught her after mixing toilet bowl cleaner and aluminum foil in a plastic bottle — in what Wilmot called a “science fair experiment” — he called the police to school.
An officer, after hearing the facts, in turn called Polk County Assistant State Attorney Tammy Glotfelty. “I advised ASA Glotfelty of the circumstances of the case, and she advised the officer to file the charges of possessing or discharging weapons or firearms at school… and making, possessing, throwing, projecting, placing, or discharging any destructive device.”
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