In May of last year BreakingBrown reported that charges had been dropped against a Florida teen whose science experiment exploded. Although protesters were successful at ensuring that charges against Kiera Wilmot were dropped, she is still working to undo her felony record.
Wilmot’s homemade science experiment–a combination of the household products aluminum foil and drain cleaner–led to a small fire at Bartow High School. Even though the teen was known as being a good student, she was hauled away to jail and charged until protests and petitions forced prosecutors to rethink their decision to charge her with a felony.
As it turns out, even though the criminal charges were dismissed, the charges still appear on Wilmot’s record. In a video produced by the Advancement Project, Wilmot says “the lawyer says it takes five years to clear each felony off the record.”
“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.”
Wilmot described her experience first hand in a blog for the Huffington Post.
“They didn’t read me any rights. They arrested me after sitting in the office for a couple minutes. They handcuffed me. It cut my wrist, and really hurt sitting on my hands behind my back,” wrote Wilmot.
Wilmot graduates from high school next week and plans to attend Florida Polytechnic University in the fall.
Watch the Advancement Project’s video below: