$56.00 donated in past month
From the Open-Publishing Calendar
From the Open-Publishing Newswire
Indybay FeatureRelated Categories: U.S. | Police State and Prisons
Sign Petitions to Free Kiera Wilmot
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.
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.
The petitions are:
1. To Bartow police and state attorney: drop the charges
2. To the school district to re-enroll the child: