Kiera Wilmot Is the New Trayvon Martin

In Bartow, Florida, public school and law enforcement officials are committing a horrible injustice against an exceptionally gifted African-American teenager. By all accounts, 16-year-old Kiera Wilmot is a model student. She has good grades and has a perfect behavior record. She's not a kid who skips classes, fights her classmates and teachers, or pulls fire alarms for kicks.

The morning of April 22, before her first class, Kiera's scientific curiosity got the best of her when she mixed drain cleaner and aluminum foil inside a plastic bottle near a gazebo on the east side of Bartow High School. The reaction created a small explosion that popped the top off and produced some smoke. No one was hurt, and no damage was caused.

Yet assistant school principal Dan Durham, Polk County Schools police officer Gregory Rhoden, and Polk County assistant state attorney Tammy Glotfelty treated Wilmot like a suicide bomber. The poor girl was shackled in front of her peers and hauled off to the juvenile detention center on criminal charges of possession/discharge of a weapon on school grounds and discharging a destructive device. She's been expelled and will be tried as an adult. This is all because she conducted a science project that is no different from making liquid erupt from the top of a model volcano.

Even if Wilmot beats the charges, she now has a record that will wreck her future. She'll have to get a diploma through an expulsion program. No Ivy League school will give her chance. Thanks to Polk County Public Schools and the justice system, Wilmot will be lumped in with real criminals for the rest of her life.

Wilmot's ordeal has rallied thousands of supporters on internet sites like Reddit and from science teachers around the country. However, her story still hasn't garnered mainstream media attention or the outrage generated by George Zimmerman's killing of unarmed Miami Gardens teen Trayvon Martin last year. Black, white, Hispanic, Asian, and every ethnic group in the United States should be circling the wagons for Wilmot. Her plight should remind us that we have a long way to go before children of all races are treated fairly and equally.

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JacobGillespie
JacobGillespie

 Start protesting at the houses of these school officials! Do everything you can within the law to make their lives miserable. Demand that they financially compensate Kiera Wilmot.

Officials must exercise the law within reason, and should be punished if they fail to to that. "Zero tolerance" in practice is a terrible idea.

godsgunner
godsgunner

ASIA FOR THE ASIANS, AFRICA FOR THE AFRICANS, WHITE COUNTRIES FOR EVERYBODY!

Everybody says there is this RACE problem. Everybody says this RACE problem will be solved when the third world pours into EVERY white country and ONLY into white countries.

The Netherlands and Belgium are just as crowded as Japan or Taiwan, but nobody says Japan or Taiwan will solve this RACE problem by bringing in millions of third worlders and quote assimilating unquote with them.

Everybody says the final solution to this RACE problem is for EVERY white country and ONLY white countries to “assimilate,” i.e., intermarry, with all those non-whites.

What if I said there was this RACE problem and this RACE problem would be solved only if hundreds of millions of non-blacks were brought into EVERY black country and ONLY into black countries?

How long would it take anyone to realize I’m not talking about a RACE problem. I am talking about the final solution to the BLACK problem?

And how long would it take any sane black man to notice this and what kind of psycho black man wouldn’t object to this?

But if I tell that obvious truth about the ongoing program of genocide against my race, the white race, Liberals and respectable conservatives agree that I am a naziwhowantstokillsixmillionjews.

They say they are anti-racist. What they are is anti-white.

Anti-racist is a code word for anti-white.

lulurushmore
lulurushmore

Stop trying to make this about race. You might want to update your article--all charges were dropped (as most people who were actually informed about this situation assumed they would be). Would you want your child attending a school at which students were permitted to do random explosive "experiments" unsupervised? If so, you need a reality check. Whenever thousands of people of any age are gathered together in a large space, basic safety guidelines help deter chaos. This is reality. 

run.randrand
run.randrand

"LEX LUTHOR"- PL-- LEASE!- I NEVER GOT MOLLY-CODDLED IN MY THIRTY YEARS OF GUARD SERVICE WHEN "SHYTTE-HIT-THE-FAN"!! What is this "trending knee-jerk stuff" to begin with-then "the quintessential "save---Like a comic soap opera format we keep pawing through in society, these days...?!

chaos8
chaos8

I guess you could call Treyvon's misadventure an experiment too.  Hey... What happens if I attack a guy with a gun?  HE SHOT ME! DUH...

chaos8
chaos8

Guilty until proven black.... She just wanted to see what would happen if she mixed toilet bowl cleaner and aluminium foil and sealed it in a soda bottle? WHERE is that "experiment" in your science book? I saw it in a YouTube video from 2006... Well known it would explode. This was bomb making pure and simple...Failed Experiment? BS!

CheckpointCharlie73
CheckpointCharlie73 topcommenter

I would not want my kid sitting next to some ghetto princess that thinks it is OK to mix up a bomb in the school. If she had done it at home and blown up one of her little brothers, that's OK. 

drakemallard
drakemallard topcommenter

to   Luther Campbell is Aria Jewett the new  trayvon martin ?

CBS reports that Jewett's attacker lured her off campus and slammed her head against a stone wall, fracturing her skull, before pinning her to the ground and landing repeated blows. Jewett estimates 30 others watched the assault, and some shot video on their cell phones.Jewett's family attorney, John Phillips, told First Coast News that expelling Jewett's alleged attacker was necessary to ensure her safety. But Davis' move to remove the accused from the district entirely surprised even him. John Phillips told the Florida Times-Union he is honored that Davis issued the injunction, but he said he thought it was “a little much” when he first heard it

 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3n7oh_c-E90

paredpuppy
paredpuppy

She DID make a mistake.  She did not make a bomb, any more than the little boys pointing pencils at each others were shooting guns.  This is an example of "zero tolerance" running amok, not racist running amok. In "the olden days", your parents would have been called and restitution made, probably in the form of the girl working it off at school.   Now you get expelled and go to jail.  Whites and Blacks need to get involved in dialing back zero tolerance policies to reasonable levels.

Moulton
Moulton

What would be the prospect of finding a scholarship fund to send Kiera and her twin sister to a quality school where they could get a good education in math and science without being subjected to the unwholesome machinations of a toxic and dispiriting bureaucracy?

ISTE is the International Society for Technology in Education.  See this discussion thread on the ISTE Conference Forum site ...

"Call for Response from STEM Educators: Sixteen-year old honor student, Kiera Wilmot, expelled, arrested and charged with a felony over a commonplace science project."

http://iste2013.org/forum/topics/call-for-response-from-stem-educators-sixteen-year-old-honor

beninepsycopath
beninepsycopath

the fact that you're comparing a Draino or drain cleaner bomb to baking soda and vinegar is asinine and extremely off. baking soda and vinegar foams while drain cleaner bombs are explosive and extremely violent. I feel you should look up your sources a bit better before reporting on something saying they are a martyr or someone is being treated a little over aggressively considering the circumstances.

whodat
whodat

ORILY?  She made a bomb, and set it off on school property.

  what part did I miss?  that nobody got hurt?   

drakemallard
drakemallard topcommenter

is Akein Scott the new trayvon martin too?


A young man who is suspected of opening fire at a Mother's Day parade in New Orleans, wounding 19.

 wilmot told authorities she was conducting a science experiment. But Bartow police say teachers told them they didn't know anything about the experiment.




JacobGillespie
JacobGillespie

@godsgunner I see that post spammed everywhere. Fact is, most people don't want to move to third world countries. Japan has seen some immigration and even had a White person serving in the Diet

dlmetcalf
dlmetcalf

@whodat   CORRECTION.   You and I also missed the part that police stated it wasn't even enough to pop the little plastic bottle.  Apparently it was just inflated a bit.  She sounds like a genuine Osama Bin Laden though right??  Given it wasn't a weapon, wasn't destructive and wasn't in quantities enough to be explosive, she should probably hire a good lawyer and sue for the false charges, defamation and destruction of her academic standing.

dlmetcalf
dlmetcalf

@whodat  You missed the part about it (a) not being a weapon, (b) not being a destructive device.  A little popping sound isn't grounds for anything, other than possibly a minor noise nuisance warning.  It wasn't even a detonation or anything of the sort, it's ~10g of polyethylene drink container rupturing.  The laws are intended to deal with serious threats to public safety.  It wasn't nitroglycerine, TATP, hydrazine, fulminates, hmdt, or anything classes as a genuine explosive and it most certainly wasn't weaponized.  It was just a reaction that bubbles away a little bit of hydrogen gas  (I used to make balloons full by myself in Grade 3).

She's been dragged through a grossly unconscionable over-reaction for having a bit of curiosity and the minor infraction of not requesting supervision (from a now demonstrably hostile educational institution mind you).  She's already paid an extremely high price, been demonised by too many and there's a good chance she'll miss the type of college education she deserves.  She had a clean slate otherwise and showed no intent whatsoever to cause damage or harm to anyone or anything.  What kid hasn't done at least some small prank or experiment they've later thought twice about?  It's part of growing up.  Most just didn't get caught and in our day if they did, they would have got a slap on the wrist (while parents remembered making things like 4th July fireworks with things that actually really went bang like black powder).  They didn't get double-felony charges and painted as being adult criminal terrorists for normal, common youthful behaviour or some very minor mischievous prank at absolute worst.

It's totally offensive to propose destroying a kid's entire future for something that should and could have been properly managed with just a warning and perhaps some extra chemistry credit.  It's a waste and a tragedy what they're putting an apparently good kid through.

dlmetcalf
dlmetcalf

@drakemallard  So what.  If kids limited their learning to what they got in class from teachers, we'd be in extremely big trouble.  Kids should be encouraged to explore the world outside the classroom.  See also my comment above to @whodat

 
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