Reader Mail: Kiera Wilmot Is a Victim of Racism

Sins of the Father

Survivors: If the tale of Gloria Hampton and Bernisa Davis, the Miami sisters who survived years of abuse from their father after he killed their mother ("Memories of Murder," Michael E. Miller, May 9), isn't a survival story in it's truest form, I don't know what is. My hat comes off for these sisters, and I applaud them for doing their best in overcoming all their obstacles regardless of the fears and issues that their experiences have left as deep scars in their lives. It's hard to move forward when you have this constant movie of past violence playing in your subconscious, but they've obviously learned to just put one foot in front of the other. One step at a time. georgieart

Proper punishment: This is a really well-written story. I hope that Jorge Nuñez, the sisters' father, meets a horrible end for all the pain he has inflicted on them. My heart goes out to them. Jimena Zeballos

Living with pain: The story is interesting and sad. It shows that you never know the backstory behind the people you meet every day. I have talked with other people who survived family abuse, and I am one such survivor myself. When you go for treatment, you hopefully learn that you have to live with your own pain to survive. I hope the two sisters reconcile their past and merge it with their future. lenny14

Porn Protester

No pics, no problem: Many people feel bad for Holly Jacobs, the Miami woman leading a crusade to outlaw so-called revenge porn ("Revenge Porn Warrior," Michael E. Miller, May 9), but if you don't take naked photos of yourself, this won't happen. Ultimately, it's your own damn fault, period. I have no sympathy for her whatsoever. EdisonBattery

Consent matters: Just because I can eat your children doesn't give me the right to. People should be allowed to share intimate photos with each other without the fear of jerks later posting it online without their consent. I think making a law to that effect is a good idea. Don't worry, fellas — there are plenty of women out there who are willing to allow their pornographic images online. Jeremy Alvarez

It's my property: This is a stupid idea for a law. If I own pictures (either because I took them myself or because someone sent them to me), then why can't I do whatever I want with my property? It is not against the law to put someone's name and info on the internet. All kinds of websites do this. Nor is it illegal to put someone's picture on the internet. But when you combine the two, it would somehow become illegal under this law? That makes no sense. Besides, the government has no business telling me what to do with my property. mark14nx05y

Unfair Project

Not a bomb: It's amazing that Florida teen Kiera Wilmot was arrested and expelled over a simple science experiment gone wrong ("Weird Science," Tim Elfrink, May 9), especially when everyone keeps ignoring a crucial piece of information. In an interview with the Lakeland Ledger, Bartow police officer Greg Rhoden admits that Wilmot's experiment didn't even explode a plastic bottle, saying, "It didn't fracture the bottle, but the gas that built up inside it pushed the plastic out so it looks deformed." In other words, Kiera never designed anything remotely comparable to an actual bomb. Yet lots of online comments keep repeating as fact that the bottle was ripped to pieces and could have injured someone. Others accuse her of lying by pretending her experiment was authorized by a teacher, although there is no evidence she lied; in fact, her own principal told reporters she was very honest after the accident. Many commenters simply presume Kiera is guilty, so I will just presume all of them are motivated by racism. Drop the charges against Kiera, and let that poor, misunderstood girl go back to school. She makes good grades, she's a great student, and she has never been in trouble before. Rozumbrada

Blame racism: This happened only because of Kiera's race. The racist thugs couldn't have a black girl smarter than the white kids in their school. She didn't make a bomb. She created a minor, fast-burning chemical reaction in a test tube. Learning about how chemicals react is exactly what science is about. If she was trying to hurt people, she would have used other chemicals readily available in any science lab that could have caused major destruction. You cause a similar reaction when you open your fridge or turn on your gas stove. A black girl creates an interesting, small chemical reaction and she's expelled, arrested, and charged with a felony. What other conclusion is there? Rickshannep


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