Police Drop All Charges Against 16 Year Old Whose Science Experiment Exploded

by admin | May 15, 2013 6:21 pm

After two weeks of protests and petitions, Florida authorities have finally dropped the charges against a teen whose science experiment exploded at Bartow florida teen[1]High School.

Kiera Wilmot’s combination of household products–aluminum foil and drain cleaner– on school grounds ended with smoke and a small explosion, but no injuries. Wilmot, who was described by her principal as a “good kid”, was still handcuffed and taken to jail.

“She made a bad choice. Honestly, I don’t think she meant to ever hurt anyone,” principal Ron Pritchard told a local news station shortly after Wilmot’s arrest. “She wanted to see what would happen [when the chemicals mixed] and was shocked by what it did. Her mother is shocked, too.”

After Wilmot was taken away by a school resource officer, she was charged with discharging a weapon on school grounds and discharging a destructive device, both of which are felonies.

Wilmot’s lawyer, Larry Hardaway,  previously told Business Insider [2]that he was working to get the charges dropped. Today the state attorney’s office decided not to charge Wilmot with any crimes.

Instead of being charged with a crime, Wilmot is being put into a “diversion of prosecution” program where she’ll likely do community service.
The statement reads:

Based upon the facts and circumstances of the case, the lack of criminal history of the child involved, and the action taken by the Polk County School Board, the State Attorney’s Office extended an offer of diversion of prosecution to the child. The child and her guardian signed the agreement to successfully complete the Department of Juvenile Justice Diversion Program.

The pending case has been dismissed. No formal charges will be filed.

Kiera is described as a diligent student who plays the cello and enjoys robotics.



  1. [Image]: http://breakingbrown.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/05/florida-teen.jpg
  2. told Business Insider : http://www.businessinsider.com/kiera-wilmot-lawyer-hoping-to-prevent-felony-charges-from-being-filed-2013-5

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