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Sign Petitions to Free Kiera Wilmot
by End Prison Pipeline
Friday May 3rd, 2013 7:52 AM
An outstanding A student, Kiera Wilmot, age 16, had a science experiment go wrong which caused no harm to anyone or anything, but she was expelled from school, arrested and charged with 2 felonies and will be tried as an adult. She is African-American. Stop this racist frame-up. Sign the petitions to the district attorney and the school district to drop the charges and return Kiera to school.
From: http://www.democracynow.org/2013/5/2/headlines
A 16-year-old African-American Florida high school student has been arrested and expelled for a science experiment that went awry. Kiera Wilmot mixed together some household chemicals in a small water bottle, causing a reaction that produced some smoke. No one was wounded, and no damage occurred. But police led Wilmot away in handcuffs and charged her with "possession/discharge of a weapon on school property and discharging a destructive device." The school district has since expelled her. She will now have to finish out her remaining high school years in a program for expelled students. Speaking to local news station WTSP, Wilmot’s principal criticized her punishment.
Ron Pritchard: "She’s a good kid, and she made a bad choice and stuff. And like I say, I don’t think — she was not trying to be malicious, to harm anybody or destroy something in school or anything else."
Although Wilmot is only 16, she will be tried as an adult.
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The petitions are:
1. To Bartow police and state attorney: drop the charges
http://www.change.org/petitions/the-bartow-police-and-state-attorney-jerry-hill-drop-charges-against-kiera-wilmot
2. To the school district to re-enroll the child:
http://www.change.org/petitions/polk-county-school-district-drop-charges-and-re-enroll-kiera-wilmot