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Prosecutor Behind Kiera Wilmot Arrest Filed No Charges For White Teen Who Killed Little Brother

It turns out that Assistant State Attorney Tammy Glotfelty does not prosecute juveniles equally.

On Monday, April 23, Glotfelty told the Barlow Police Department to charge 16-year-old high school honors student Kiera Wilmot with two felonies for conducting a botched science experiment. Wilmot mixed a household toilet cleaner with aluminum in an 8 oz. plastic bottle, causing the top to pop and some smoke to rise. The police report states that Wilmot was charged with two felonies at the behest of Glotfelty:

I THEN CONTACTED ASSISTANT STATE ATTORNEY TAMMY GLOTFELTY VIA TELEPHONE. I ADVISED A.S.A GLOTFELTY OF THE CIRCUMSTANCES OF THE CASE AND SHE ADVISED THIS OFFICER TO FILE THE CHARGES OF, POSSESSING OR DISCHARGING WEAPONS OR FIREARMS AT A SCHOOL SPONSORED EVENT OR ON SCHOOL PROPERTY F.S.S. 790.115 (1) AND MAKING, POSSESSING, THROWING, PROJECTING, PLACING, OR DISCHARGING ANY DESTRUCTIVE DEVICE F.S.S. 790.161 (A).

This makes Glotfelty sound like a hard-ass who over-prosecutes. Yet just two days later, Glotfelty announced that 13-year-old Taylor Richardson would not face charges for shooting and killing his 10-year-old brother, Skyler, with a BB gun.

In a letter to the Polk County Sheriff’s Department, Glotfelty wrote, “Our office has considered this case, keeping in mind that (Taylor) is 13 years of age and is a student at Roosevelt Academy.”

“After a thorough review of the facts, available to our office at this time, it is our opinion that this case can only be seen as a tragic accident,” added Glotfelty.

Tayler and Skyler were shooting what they believed were empty BB guns at one another. However, Taylor’s gun had a BB in it, which struck Skyler in the head while they were playing. Skyler died a week later.

I agree with Glotfelty’s choice not to prosecute Taylor Richardson for what was clearly an accident. But her decision is telling when compared with the harsh treatment dished out to  Kiera Wilmot, whose misguided science experiment caused no harm or damage to anyone or anything.

Glotfelty was clear that she took 13-year-old Taylor’s age into account when deciding whether to prosecute. In stark contrast, 16-year-old Kiera is being charged as an adult, which raises the question: Why aren’t Kiera’s actions viewed through the same lens of childhood innocence and naiveté as Taylor’s?

Furthermore, young Skyler died on March 20, one week after he was shot in the head by his brother. That means Glotfelty spent over a month examining the case before making a determination about whether to prosecute Taylor. Conversely, Kiera’s treatment was quite the opposite. As soon as Glotfelty received word from police about Kiera’s actions, she wasted no time deciding to prosecute to fullest extent of the law.

The Polk County Attorney’s Office would not respond to requests for comment because they say the case is still under investigation.

So, what explains the disparity? Well, the most glaring distinction between Kiera and Taylor (aside from three years in age) is their race: Kiera is black and Taylor is white.

Is Glotfelty racist? I don’t know, but her actions are in keeping with the overall racial disparities that plague the criminal justice system and school-to-prison pipeline.

In an excellent primer, the Center for American Progress explains the stats behind the disparity:

According to the latest data, which was collected from schools nationwide during the 2009-2010 academic year, black students were three and a half times more likely to be suspended or expelled than their white classmates. What’s more, African Americans made up 46 percentof those students who were suspended more than once. During the 2009-2010 school year, 39 percent of all expulsions were of black students even though they represented only 18 percent of enrolled students at sampled schools. These racial disparities in suspension and expulsion rates cannot be explained, as some contend, by socioeconomic status or by higher rates of misbehavior among students of color. Multiple studies confirm that students of color receive harsher consequences than their white peers for committing the same offenses.

Kiera Wilmot has been expelled from Polk County Schools and will have to complete her education in an expulsion program. There’s no way to know if a white teen girl would have been treated more leniently for doing what Kiera did, but based on the data, a white girl would have been far less likely to be expelled, let alone arrested and cuffed at school:

When it comes to being arrested in school, students of color are once again at disproportionately higher risk. According to the data released this week, 96,000 students were arrested and 242,000 referred to law enforcement by schools during the 2009-2010 school year. Black or Hispanic students made up more than 70 percent of arrested or referred students. Harsh school punishments ranging from suspensions to arrests are causing high numbers of youth of color to come into contact with the juvenile justice system at ever-earlier ages.

Kiera Wilmot’s record is now stained with an arrest and two felony charges. This could impact the rest of her life if she is convicted. I only wish Assistant State Attorney Tammy Glotfelty would offer Kiera Wilmot the same compassion she gave Taylor Richardson.

Tammy Glotfelty works for the Florida State Attorney’s Office in Bartow, which can be reached at:

Adress: 255 N Broadway Ave Bartow, FL 33830

Phone: (863) 534-4800

Message: http://www.sao10.com/contact_us.asp

Let’s flood them with calls, letters and messages demanding they drop the charges against Kiera Wilmot.

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177 Comments
  1. Johnny Doughball #

    Face it, she knew what she was doing when she mixed the household chemical with the aluminum foil. The 2 kids with the BB guns didn’t know that a BB was in the gun.

    May 2, 2013
    • Arcane Conjecture #

      So what if she knew it would blow up? She wasn’t trying to hurt anyone. Stupid? Maybe. Felony? Heck no!

      May 2, 2013
      • Duck #

        looking at the youtube videos, she should have known that the explosion was rather violent.

        May 3, 2013
      • david #

        Not all crimes require intent injure another person. Clearly, this girl is being charged for crimes that don’t require it or the prosecutor wouldn’t prosecute.

        May 3, 2013
      • David is right. But I’d point out two things.

        1. Intent *can* be a factor in exercising prosecutorial discretion, even if it isn’t necessarily an element. (For instance, if a prosecutor feels that act doesn’t fall within the legislative intent of the statute.)

        2. More to the point, while intent is not an actual element of the two crimes charged, it is a factor in determining whether a given instrument is considered a “destructive device.”

        Florida Statute 790.001(4)(a) – ” “Destructive device” does not include [...] A device which is not designed, redesigned, used, or intended for use as a weapon.”

        In this case, there is no proof whatsoever, even accepting the police report’s version of the events, that Wilmot designed, redesigned, used, or intended to use the device as a weapon. As such, it should not be considered a destructive device, thus rendering both charges inapplicable.

        May 3, 2013
    • DB #

      If this is your answer then that little 13 year old should be in jail in juvenile hall.

      May 2, 2013
    • Lee #

      Nothing happened to anyone! The owner of the building in Texas that exploded knowingly housed more fertilizer and explosive then allowed and he has not been arrested!!! If you believe your comment then I hope your protesting for the owner to be arrested but something tells me your not!

      May 3, 2013
    • So, in your view, being charged as an adult is appropriate?

      May 4, 2013
    • Brea #

      So its ok for white kids to SHOOT at each other supposedly not knowing 1 was loaded but the black honors student, like myself, gets a noose around her neck for a misguided science experiment that had no victim and no damage?! Whereas, that poor white child DIED by the hands of another white!! Shut the fuck up you racist piece of shit!!

      May 4, 2013
      • biebs #

        and i’ve gotta side with this post, OP is definitely a racist piece of shit

        May 4, 2013
      • Mike S #

        “”Brea #

        So its ok for white kids to SHOOT at each other supposedly not knowing 1 was loaded but the black honors student, like myself, gets a noose around her neck for a misguided science experiment that had no victim and no damage?! Whereas, that poor white child DIED by the hands of another white!! Shut the fuck up you racist piece of shit!! “”

        Your a black honor student? Of the Malcom X Academy??? Your referring to this girl facing consequences to setting off A BOMB, as having a “noose” around her neck???

        Who’s the racist here you little fucking shitbag????

        You too should have your “honor student” status revoked and shoved in your ass… Your an idiot and you are too young to use a race card…

        And Raniak Khalek, before you face liable, you may want to save your pathetic, terrible journalism into this matter….

        You are an idiot Raniak Khalek….

        “unsubscribed”

        They used to use a word very prominently… A slang term for “ignorance”

        May 6, 2013
      • MR #

        Race has nothing to do with this. I have plenty of friends of all races that get charged with bs all the time…it’s a flaw in the judicial system. It’s ridiculous how quickly people start harping on race as soon as something like this happens…no wonder racism is alive and well.

        May 10, 2013
    • biebs #

      i mean if you really wanna do that, you could say those two white kids had no business pointing bb guns at each other in the first place regardless of whether they were loaded or not

      May 4, 2013
      • Tampani #

        Mike S you sound like the typical privileged illegal immigrant european crying about people pointing out the racism of you white people and how it affects real human beings. You’re kind are sick, twisted, and don’t belong here. You belong back in europe with your racist ilk.

        May 6, 2013
        • Mike S #

          LOL Tampani…

          “”Mike S you sound like the typical privileged illegal immigrant european crying about people pointing out the racism of you white people and how it affects real human beings. You’re kind are sick, twisted, and don’t belong here. You belong back in europe with your racist ilk.””

          I am American Born and raised, and am related to John Alden who happens to be one of the signers of the Mayflower Compact you uneducated ranting peon… So I take it your black by your comment? Let me rephrase that… A black, race card pulling, “oppressed” King Baby… With no true roots or actual memories of oppression to even have any real credibility with the matter…. It’s clear in your comment back at me…. “My Kind” ? And you call me “racist ilk”, and generalize all Europeans as sick, twisted, and don’t belong here? I have mostly a Sicilian ethnic origin which wouldn’t be European.. It’s about as “European” as Africa…. You are a complete fool. And I don’t belong here? I guarantee you, that I contribute more to this society than you and your family combined… I spend 500 bucks a month helping truly underserved, and oppressed and starving AFRICAN children.., and its the “white people” who ended slavery here in America… In all probability, if your origin in the USA comes anywhere close to as far back as the 1600’s then it would have been by being an “indentured servant”.. Therefore, you have less of a right to be here… The constitution and the bill of rights were drafted by WHITE MEN, and again the end-of-slavery, woman voting, all these things, were gone by.. You guessed it, a “white man” ….A “white man” by the name of Abraham Lincoln began the dismantling of unfair human treatment in this country… I guess he should have gone back to Europe too…

          Your ignorance is exactly what I spoke of in my post… The Jews suffered 6 million executions in Germany and why is it that they don’t pull “the race card”? What about the Chinese? Why don’t you open a book other than the chronicles of Malcom X, and the Malcom X dictionary, and discover that the “heartbeat” of the nation, otherwise known as the railway was built mostly on the backs of the Chinese? 2/3rd’s of it to be approximate… And what do the Chinese do? They certainly don’t cry with race-cards….

          And listen you dummy Tampani… There are 46 million Americans on food stamps and in the welfare sucking up government resources.. And I wonder what “race” accounts for the majority of this… While a “oppressed” man (be it white black or yellow) by his own cynical attitude milks the system, and collects a checks.. In which is doesn’t need to take a drug test to receive it, but I have to undergo in order to make it for them….

          We have a black president, and my hope, overall with that, was to see little shitheads like you, stop being able to use a race-card anytime a black person commits a crime, or is actually unqualified for a job……

          And just so you know, as being mainly of Sicilian decent, I am both black and white… And being I have native american decent on the other side of my family, I certainly have more of a right to be here you fucking biggot… Look that one up…. Atttacking the entire European race….That was smart…

          You lose, you SOB

          May 6, 2013
    • Donttrustpigs #

      Johnny Doughball the fact that you say that shows how dumb you are…A science experiment which means that the school assigned students to create a science project. If there were certain things the students could not use then it should have been made clear to the students….the purpose of science experiments allow kids to use their mind. The fact that she performed the assignment outside in a controlled environment is a smart decision. The school should be questioned. Common sense should kick in but the fact this idiot state prosecutor is quick to move forward raises a lot of question. So if my kid uses baking soda and vinegar to create a volcano eruption or coke with a mentos would my kid be in trouble for a science project? Im saying right now id die protecting my kid. How is that project different than the girls project.?? This also sounds similar to that man shooting Treyvon Martin who is saying self defense and again the cops in his area didnt charge him until media got involved. A child died and this grown man says the kid he thought had a weapon?? Florida natives are stupid. Really stupid. If anything put the 13yr old in jail.

      May 7, 2013
      • jay #

        Fl native right here…I’m far from stupid…the people in these cases do not represent us all…all charges should be dropped and martians murderer deserved to be locked up for life

        May 10, 2013
      • Bob #

        You do realize that this was NOT a school assigned “science experiment”, that she collected the (Harmful) chemicals from her home and made the drano-bomb before school started, on school grounds?

        This was not done in a “controlled environment”, it was not done with school approval, and she certainly knew what would happen.

        May 11, 2013
    • Ivy B #

      You’re an idiot for this. Do you honestly think that she (being an honor student) would intentionally do something that she knew would land her in jail?? Come on, this is a clear case of racial inequality. It’s unfortunate it happens everyday everywhere! As for the kid who killed his brother I blame the reckless individual who allowed him to have possession of the gun in the first place. To be honest most of these kids are aware of what guns can do. They play violent video games (some all day) not to mention the horrible influences they have around them. If he knew how to pull the trigger then he should be charged as a juvenile. This student was doing a science project that went wrong. Should she be disciplined for not being safe with it, sure. But to be arrested, expelled, and charged with 2 felonies? Absolutely not!

      May 7, 2013
      • Mike S #

        @ ivy

        You obviously lack anything more than a thick head… Another race card puller…

        So answer me this:

        How would you react if it was a 35 year old man who did this? White one? Assuming he got the same charges.. Assuming he did it because his friend told him and he only thought it would produce smoke??? That was Ms Wilcot’s official statement to police..

        How would you react if he was a muslim? How would you react if he was arab?

        Would you be backing it up and minimalizing it to a “science experiment gone horribly wrong”?

        And anyone comparing an accident with a 13 yr old accidentally killing his 10 year old brother with a bb gun is completely insane and should have their mental health checked to see if the rational side of their brain is dead… Complete fools… The 13 year old and his family suffered the loss of their 10 year old child, and the gravity of it is so immense, their lives are fucked forever in many senses… a punishment worse than death to a parent os losing a child.. And the 13 year old? yea.. im sure he’s doing just peachy….. You fucking race card mob morons stress me out because it seems impossible to make any of you morons see something, yet I keep tryin to explain things in hopes that you ignorant morons will finally get some fucking sense into you…

        She lied to police about her knowledge about what she was doing in her official statement..

        These “science projects” are mere reactions that can send liquid into someones fucking face and give them an acid burn… Shut THE FUCK UP MORONS!! Follow the FUCKiNG case!!! And stop your race card bullshit..
        Its really fucking old… Just fucking old….

        May 8, 2013
    • danny #

      how do you know who knew what between the two its bias simple in plane

      May 8, 2013
    • Heather Kojafoffer #

      I cannot believe anyone is saying she was charged correctly. I also cannot believe that anyone is saying the boys didn’t know what they were doing. I have been told my whole life NOT TO PLAY WITH GUNS. I have NEVER been told NOT TO MIX TOILET CLEANER WITH ALUMINUM. I am 38 and I now want to go outside and mix them just to see what happens. Should I be arrested for it? Am I committing a crime against my lawn? I say no to both, BUT if I go outside and point-SIMPLY POINT- a gun, BB or otherwise, at a person you bet your sweet backside I would have some pretty shiny interlocking bracelets to go along with my ride to my new vacation home made of steel bars. I am in NO WAY saying the boys should have been charged, kids do stupid things. BUT to put that kind of expectation on a 16 year old high school student in an already stretched thin educational system that managed to keep her grades exceptionally high (which no doubt involved a litany of studying, homework, extra credt, reports and so on) which no doubt also had her under enormous stress is just insane. What did that girl learn? That there is no such thing as a mistake when you try as hard as you can to succeed so stop trying, lower yourself to the people that you are surrounded by and just “get by”. What did the little boy learn? That no matter how many times you are told to never ever play with guns-because you can kill someone-go ahead and play with them anyway, kill your brother (a totally avoidable “accident”) and you will get away with it because you can claim immaturity. How is this right? I did more damage at 16 by having a child than this girl did by mixing some chemicals in a well ventilated area with everyone at a safe distance! It is beyond pathetic the way we treat the future leaders of the world. Some are held to a much higher standard while others are given a free pass for atrocities. I am ashamed at the so called justice system in this country.

      May 9, 2013
    • Kristin #

      John doughball ( sorry if its spelled wrong) and those that support his thoughts,
      At 13 you know what guns are. You know that they shoot bullets ( in this case bbs). These children were being reckless. They didn’t check to see if the gun was empty. Someone died. How is this less severe than a science experiment that hurt no one. Suspension is understandable. Community service is another way she can pay for her mistake. She should have made sure it was ok for her to bring her science experiment to school, but two felony charges for a victimless crime, while no one is being prosecuted for the death of a child caused by the same lack of forethought. No one can seriously say that is fair. While losing a loved one is horrible and it’s sad that his family will experience that kind of loss, the justice system is supposed to be unbiased. Losing a love one is not a punishment that was a judicial decision. Therefore that can not be used as an excuse not to prosecute Taylor. When an adult accidentally kills someone, it’s considered manslaughter. Stupid decisions lead to real consequences. Kierra’s mistake is not one that deserves all potential life opportunities snatched away from her or make it that much harder for her to succeed because as a double minority, it will already be hard. Both of these children should be given a chance to have a good life.
      Those who are commenting on this as well. I think that name calling and disrespectful remarks should not be typed. They don’t accomplish anything, but insuring people who don’t see things as you do will not listen. As adults we should be able to engage in respectful, productive debates. Hope everyone has a great day!

      May 9, 2013
      • will #

        THE ONLY ONE CALLING THIS A SCIENCE EXPERIMENT IS THE 16YR OLD GIRL WHO CREATED A BOMB!! SHE BROUGHT THE COMPONENT TO SCHOOL AT BECAUSE A FRIEND TOLD HER HOW TO MAKE IT..

        THE BOSTON BOMBER SHOULD ALSO NOW TRY TO USE THE SCIENCE EXPERIMENT DEFENSE…

        May 9, 2013
  2. Jason Wylie #

    Those responsible for the abuse of the law in such a clearly reckless and discriminatory manner have no place in our government, our schools, or police departments. This abuse of this young lady, clearly surrounded by racist thuggery at every turn in Polk County Florida, should be investigated thoroughly, with all involved removed from office. Then she should enjoy a lawsuit, rewarding her with an obscene amount of money. Bartow, where history comes to life, in a most unexpected and shameful way.

    May 2, 2013
  3. It sounds a lot like the Prosecutor is being compensated in some way for the kids she brings into the system, similar to that judge who was selling kids to the private for-profit juvenile facilities. I hope Kiera Wilmot’s family sues her and the department who allowed this.

    May 2, 2013
    • p.s. it’s especially interesting that Wilmot is an honor student whereas Richardson (the boy) had already been unsuccessful in regular academic school environments (for whatever reason) which is why he is at Roosevelt Academy (“Our student population is comprised of ESE students who choose to come to us because they have not been successful in the traditional school because the focus is primarily academic. )

      I’m not saying Richardson should be in custody but merely further pointing out the racism here.

      May 2, 2013
      • Yes, she is being compensated. In fact, we call it her salary. She has to make difficult decisions every day about whether she thinks a JURY will convict someone on the facts before her. No, there is no reason to believe she is corrupt or at all like the crooked judge in the cash-for-kids scandal. The jury will decide what to do.

        May 3, 2013
      • Diane #

        jdaum,
        You mean a jury like the one who acquitted Casey Anthony who MURDERED her 2 year old daughter?

        May 5, 2013
      • jdaum,
        Can Kiera really risk her fate with a jury, even if it is an option? Given the extent to which prosecutors pile on the penalties if you lose, most cases never reach trial. http://www.nytimes.com/2012/03/11/opinion/sunday/go-to-trial-crash-the-justice-system.html?_r=0

        May 11, 2013
  4. Rose wood #

    Justice maybe color blind but the attorney isn’t!

    May 2, 2013
  5. First Amendment fan #

    If you need contact info for Ms. Glotfelty, it’s here:

    http://www.floridabar.org/names.nsf/STATEMEM/516E07C6ABAD1A5D85256A840029D1A8?OpenDocument

    May 2, 2013
  6. Booglo #

    the attorney’s probably racist…

    May 2, 2013
  7. Good looking out. Thank you for this info. Going to pass it along ASAP.

    May 2, 2013
  8. Kirsten l. Thompson #

    Rhania, Thank you for this story. Unfortunately, many of the contact email adresses have been removed from the Police Department, State Attorney, and Prosecuting attorney’s websites. Sadly, the link you posted above has mysteriously become and “invalid email address” and the “Contact Us” button on the Bartow P.D.’s home page hasbeen disabled. I have drafted a petition on behalf of Miss Wilmot. Please sign and share with your readers. Any readers visiting this site who agree that this punishment did not fit the alleged “crime”, please sign and share via Facebook or Twitter. It needs to be known that this is an injustice! Thank you

    http://www.change.org/petitions/joe-hall-bartow-police-chief-tammy-glofelty-state-pa-drop-felony-charges-and-release-kiera-wilmot?utm_campaign=friend_inviter_chat&utm_medium=facebook&utm_source=share_petition&utm_term=permissions_dialog_false

    May 3, 2013
  9. Duck #

    There is no doubt that there is discrimination (meaning differing treatment based on circumstances), but it is not certain how much is racial. Factors such as past behavior and the degree with which the parents take a constructive and supportive role also play a part.

    In this case, however, the person that should be assessed is the science teacher. He made a report to the police and put it forward that what she created constituted a bomb. Once that report is made, the system requires expulsion and prosecution. How can you suggest that a prosecutor ignore the determination of a relative expert with knowledge of the event as to the nature of the risk posed. The anti-terrorist laws make the decision of prosecution inevitable. I hope the teacher can live with his decision.

    For the record, I consider what she did was dumb and ill advised, but hardly criminal. The teacher likely had the discretion to work with the principal to come up with a more appropriate punishment meted out by the school.

    May 3, 2013
    • boomboom #

      Hey
      Did you check out any youtube videos?
      Finally get to say as a chemist: The incendiary device in question is no bomb at worst it’s a fire cracker. If bringing a fire cracker should get a kid expelled and arrested on felony charges. wow. Just wow. Clearly every child who made a baking soda volcano should be put in jail…

      May 3, 2013
      • Mike S #

        @ boomboom and @ all the other ignorant

        youtube video’s? “is no bomb, at worst it’s a fire cracker” ?

        Okay, let me give you all a little insight here, because NOBODY has this right….

        This “science experiment” or “harmless top popper that released some smoke” is certainly A BOMB. More specifically, a “works bomb”.. Smoke? Do you call Hydrogen gas smoke?? Do you realize that by downplaying the device, you are all doing this poor wrongly prosecuted girl a major disservice?????

        When you mix certain toilet bowl cleaners containing hydrochloric acid with aluminum foils balls in a “water bottle” what happens is quite violent… The aluminum and hydrochloric acid react and release HYDROGEN GAS.. Then, the gas expands in the air tight bottle… About 700 times in 5 seconds… This is after the few minutes of time needed for the reaction to occur… A “time bomb” of sorts… So “a firecracker at best” ???? Would you call a stick of dynamite “a firecracker at best” and then follow the “racist” train to destination “get nowhere?”

        Now lets talk about if there was a flame, or spark near this “top popper” Hydrogen + flame = what people???

        If you placed the same ingredients in a 2 liter soda bottle, the explosion and it’s devastation are magnified…. Now what if you put the 2 liter bottle in a pressure cooker? Anyone actually versed in explosive devices wish to chime in here???? This “science experiments” devastating ability will be determined by a factor as simple as the thickness and volume of the container

        About 25 years ago, in GRADESCHOOL, I saw a kid send an out of commission, OLD, passenger train car onto it’s side by placing one of these “firecrackers” into a break piston chamber…. A 2 liter pepsi bottle housed the “science experiment” and the ground shook a mile away…..

        Now let me say this…. a 16 year old kid today has tremendous access to information, and to say a 16 year old is innocent of any wrongdoing here, and shouldn’t be punished, but instead allowed to sue for gobs of money borders on the criminally insane!

        Not a bomb??? Not a weapon??? A firecracker at best? Are you kidding me? And to actually send one off requires someone to actually know what the result would be!! And a 16 year old CAN DRIVE A CAR, and HAVE A LICENSE.. And potentially kill an entire family in a car accident… So you don’t think a 16 year old should be EXPECTED to know right from wrong? She SAW THIS on youtube like many of you are watching…. So she “didnt know what would happen” BULLLLSSHIIIITTT

        This isn’t a “top popper” or like mixing a vitamin A powder with water in a test tube watching the cork pop off… And this article and ALL DESCRIPTION of the device is fundamentally flawed in that everyone is trying to focus on downplaying this as a “science experiment” as opposed to “bomb creation”….

        So seriously, I am quite disappointed to see, that with all this information at our fingertips these days, the majority of those chiming in here have deduced that this device is not a bomb….

        GET YOUR HEADS OUT OF YOUR REAR-ENDS

        This girl should not be CONVICTED, as she HAS NOT BEEN CONVICTED as of yet…. I think this SHOULD get major major MAJOR public and legal dissection. To maybe give a scream to all the other “hide behind our child like ignorance” to the consequences that will follow the creation of bombs in or near schools… Kids knowingly and intentionally, and WILLINGLY have committed terrible violent crimes…. And to compare a 16 year old girl “experimenting” with bombs, with a pair of brothers 10, and 13 with a BB gun accident is absolutely ridiculous on so many levels….

        My stance is that this girl and the whole matter be given serious attention to prevent the malicious 16 year old onlooking this “case” from using this “firecracker” or “experiment” to actually take down his school or teacher..

        My advice is that the racism and the social attack on a judicial system be sidelined, and this girl made aware how series her actions and how serious the consequences WILL be for ANYONE making these devices near a school

        Are all of you sick in the head?????????

        May 5, 2013
  10. jdaum #

    Institutional racism in our justice system is a major problem and should be addressed. Accusing someone of racism because you heard of two cases out of the many that this woman handles is outrageous. Why aren’t you accusing her of sexism against girls? You have no knowledge of the facts of either case, but mercifully, these suspects, when charged, have the right to a public trial with counsel where they can point out any impropriety should they feel there is any.

    May 3, 2013
  11. maggie Gilman #

    Please sign and share!

    http://www.change.org/petitions/the-bartow-police-and-state-attorney-jerry-hill-drop-charges-against-kiera-wilmot

    May 3, 2013
  12. nomoreracecard #

    race baiters, you should be ashamed

    May 3, 2013
  13. This is correct URL: http://www.sao10.com/contact_us.asp

    Your link is bad because it is including the words “Let’s flood them with calls, letters and messages demanding they drop the charges against Kiera.” as part of the URL .

    May 3, 2013
    • Thanks April, I fixed it :)

      May 3, 2013
  14. People need to petition against this. It is ridiculous that she would get more than a warning about the incident. In my school (in Canada), teachers probably would have been happy to see kids showing an interest in science-related things. I really feel terrible for Americans. It seems you can’t do anything without being accused of something.

    May 3, 2013
    • Sarah #

      https://www.change.org/petitions/polk-county-state-s-attorney-drop-felony-charges-against-16-year-old-kiera-wilmot

      May 4, 2013
  15. Anonymous #

    Re racism, it could be. But the disparity is fully explained by the adults being pro-gun. The Bartow High School has a military-style public academy on campus (Summerlin Academy) that advertises a rifle match on its home page. It’s predictable that authorities are sympathetic to people involved the accidents that will inevitably happen, from time to time, if you have promote guns for children, as this campus does. They aren’t sympathetic to what inevitably happens if kids experiement with chemicals, because they have a gun culture, and don’t have a chemistry culture.

    May 4, 2013
  16. Just wondering how many children, teens and their parents have been prosecuted by this dimwit for setting off firecrackers, M80s and cherry bombs on the Fourth of July.

    May 4, 2013
  17. Ghebre #

    What makes it criminal to a “science project went horribly wrong” ????????????????????

    Little did you know, MANY UNIVERSITIES & THE INDUSTRY, MADE HORRIBLE MISTAKES BEFORE GETTING IT RIGHT. Should thy be charged with crimes for “Science projects going wrong”

    Read or see the documentary life story of Howard Hughes “THE AVIATOR” & learn how many HORRIBLE “ACCIDENTS” Howard Hughes made establishing his AIRPLANE INDUSTRY, before he got right, for you to FLY SAFE IN AIRPLANES.

    NOW,,, Should we Prosecute all the High Schools, Colleges, Universities, Industries & Scientists who made “science project went horribly wrong”, through our human history ???

    Too bad,,, Paranoid society sees criminals all over the mirror.

    May 4, 2013
    • Mike S #

      @ boomboom and @ all the other ignorant
      youtube video’s? “is no bomb, at worst it’s a fire cracker” ?
      Okay, let me give you all a little insight here, because NOBODY has this right….
      This “science experiment” or “harmless top popper that released some smoke” is certainly A BOMB. More specifically, a “works bomb”.. Smoke? Do you call Hydrogen gas smoke?? Do you realize that by downplaying the device, you are all doing this poor wrongly prosecuted girl a major disservice?????
      When you mix certain toilet bowl cleaners containing hydrochloric acid with aluminum foils balls in a “water bottle” what happens is quite violent… The aluminum and hydrochloric acid react and release HYDROGEN GAS.. Then, the gas expands in the air tight bottle… About 700 times in 5 seconds… This is after the few minutes of time needed for the reaction to occur… A “time bomb” of sorts… So “a firecracker at best” ???? Would you call a stick of dynamite “a firecracker at best” and then follow the “racist” train to destination “get nowhere?”
      Now lets talk about if there was a flame, or spark near this “top popper” Hydrogen + flame = what people???
      If you placed the same ingredients in a 2 liter soda bottle, the explosion and it’s devastation are magnified…. Now what if you put the 2 liter bottle in a pressure cooker? Anyone actually versed in explosive devices wish to chime in here???? This “science experiments” devastating ability will be determined by a factor as simple as the thickness and volume of the container
      About 25 years ago, in GRADESCHOOL, I saw a kid send an out of commission, OLD, passenger train car onto it’s side by placing one of these “firecrackers” into a break piston chamber…. A 2 liter pepsi bottle housed the “science experiment” and the ground shook a mile away…..
      Now let me say this…. a 16 year old kid today has tremendous access to information, and to say a 16 year old is innocent of any wrongdoing here, and shouldn’t be punished, but instead allowed to sue for gobs of money borders on the criminally insane!
      Not a bomb??? Not a weapon??? A firecracker at best? Are you kidding me? And to actually send one off requires someone to actually know what the result would be!! And a 16 year old CAN DRIVE A CAR, and HAVE A LICENSE.. And potentially kill an entire family in a car accident… So you don’t think a 16 year old should be EXPECTED to know right from wrong? She SAW THIS on youtube like many of you are watching…. So she “didnt know what would happen” BULLLLSSHIIIITTT
      This isn’t a “top popper” or like mixing a vitamin A powder with water in a test tube watching the cork pop off… And this article and ALL DESCRIPTION of the device is fundamentally flawed in that everyone is trying to focus on downplaying this as a “science experiment” as opposed to “bomb creation”….
      So seriously, I am quite disappointed to see, that with all this information at our fingertips these days, the majority of those chiming in here have deduced that this device is not a bomb….
      GET YOUR HEADS OUT OF YOUR REAR-ENDS
      This girl should not be CONVICTED, as she HAS NOT BEEN CONVICTED as of yet…. I think this SHOULD get major major MAJOR public and legal dissection. To maybe give a scream to all the other “hide behind our child like ignorance” to the consequences that will follow the creation of bombs in or near schools… Kids knowingly and intentionally, and WILLINGLY have committed terrible violent crimes…. And to compare a 16 year old girl “experimenting” with bombs, with a pair of brothers 10, and 13 with a BB gun accident is absolutely ridiculous on so many levels….
      My stance is that this girl and the whole matter be given serious attention to prevent the malicious 16 year old onlooking this “case” from using this “firecracker” or “experiment” to actually take down his school or teacher..
      My advice is that the racism and the social attack on a judicial system be sidelined, and this girl made aware how series her actions and how serious the consequences WILL be for ANYONE making these devices near a school
      Are all of you sick in the head?????????

      May 5, 2013
      • Jerry #

        Why can’t someone make a mistake without being called a racist?

        May 5, 2013
    • Mike S #

      @ Ghebre

      Unbelievable. You are talking about Howard Hughes and science experiments that went horribly wrong… And comparing that to a 16 year old “honor student”, mixing toilet bowl cleaner and rolling up pieces of aluminum foil into balls into a water bottle to create the intended result of BOOOM? Science experiment? Are you kidding me? To “invent” this “science experiment” out of thin air requires a good working knowledge of chemistry combined with the intention of blowing something up! She lacked the former.. Obviously… This is the most primitive “bomb” that I remember being quite popular back in 6th and 7th grade…. And the kids learned it by rumor.. Students discovered many many many different combinations in order to create a more specific desired effects… Such as sending out “tear gas” using pool chemicals and rubbing alcohol in a similar device….And you know what??? I did not know ONE KID, who would EVER THINK of doing it anywhere but our own backyards and at a remote lake 5 miles out of town….. None of them had the guts or the stupidity to do it ANYWHERE NEAR a public area or school…. And these kids were 12, 13, 15… But 16???? Are you all out of your DAMN MINDS!?! This girl could potentially be a sociopath for all you know… My 14 year old nephew said “why would she do something that stupid after the boston bombing just happened” ? Unbelievable…..

      This is absolutely ABSURD and the ignorance reeks so bad in this blog. I see absolutely no point to bringing race into this….. It’s not the late 70’s, and your all acting like she went to Guantanamo!!!! Stop it ! Your best shot at petitioning this has been blown by the futile exploitation of your anti-racist attitudes by accusing the judicial system of racism. The “race card” not only doesn’t work, but it’s based in nothing but resentment, and emotion (in this case)..

      So an “honor student” who “never did anything wrong” who gets “great grades” makes a home-made explosive device and sets it off intentionally… Near school… Near others… Honor student???? Ted Kazinsky (The Unibomber) was an “honor student” and “visionary”…. A graduate of MIT…

      Well I petition to have her “honor” revoked… If she was smart enough to be an honor student, then she should have been smart enough to know NEVER to even think of doing what she did….. (especially with the country in a high state of bombing alarm) So she is either too stupid to rightfully be able to be called an “honor student”, or she knew exactly what she was doing and lied about that fact and again, should lose her “honor student” status….

      I am SICK of hearing those of you pulling racist cards, thumb upping the most ridiculous rants, and thumbing down the most reasonable ones…. You want to make an example for the next 16 year old that makes a bigger bomb? To have the idea stuck in their head that it will grant them fame and a following of bloggers who want to “set them free” when they blow one off??? So a kid can see that all they need to do is blow a bomb near a school, and they will get nationwide attention and have a million people back em up???

      At 16 you can have a drivers license, and at 18 you can be killed in a war…. So what was it I heard now? She’s just a kid that didn’t know what would happen if she did what she did? Well she knew it went boom… And now she faces consequences.. She will be tried as an adult, as she should be. (after all she’s a 16 year old HONOR STUDENT… That should be equal to a non-honor 18 year old right?) She will be able to say her side… This will pan out, and she will most likely have a criminal record AND SHOULD. I don’t see you all bitching about the permanent record problem that is rotting our culture….

      I know a pHD who stole a video game when he was 19 years old from a store.. And he can’t get a job at Wawa…. His record is “permanent”… So if you want to set this girl free, then you petition to let all people who never did before, or failed to repeat, a clean slate and an opportunity to get good jobs, and even rent housing….. Which they can’t because they “just made a mistake when they were young”

      Petition the whole system while your at it…. Funny how you all stand behind a 16 year old black girl who set off a bomb, but there are millions of people who made mistakes in this country when they were young and got PROSECUTED and CONVICTED…. From a simple shoplift, to a simple assault… People paying for the rest of their lives after they served their time and paid their dues… Not being able to find a good job, or rent a house…. MILLIONS OF PEOPLE…..

      So everyone 16, 18, 20 is all the same…. She made a very big mistake… And the things about mistakes is that we all have to pay for them…. She should pay, and she will pay…. Even if it’s just in the bad publicity for her…….

      May 5, 2013
      • Mike,

        This is being called a science experiment because she was recreating what she saw in class when her science teacher did the same thing. What she did was stupid, what she should have done was to ask a teacher to participate or supervise. She absolutely did a bone headed thing, but her actions were in NO WAY CRIMINAL because she was not building a bomb, she was recreating an experiment THAT SHE JUST SAW HER TEACHER DEMONSTRATE IN THE CLASSROOM. You have some good points to be sure, but I don’t think they apply to this girl. Intent is everything. Since you don’t know intent, don’t be so quick to say she is guilty and comdemn her. I understand you are reacting to the unfair onslought against the prosecuter, but you are doing the same thing to this girl that many people are doing to this prosecutor (automatically condemning the person for the worst case motivations for the situation)

        First off, I think the prosecutor did screw up and should not have charged the girl with the felonies. I am basing this on the fact that the prosecutor made the decision without any further investigation. She did allow for a full review of the facts and circumstances in the case of the two boys, but she did not in this case. I believe her motivations for that mere most likely affected by the Boston bombings.

        For those who are jumping to the racist conclusion, consider this first, the prosecutor made this decision over the PHONE. She could not see the girl, and probably only knew her name. Her mistake in rushing to a decision to charge is actually what will probably prove that her motivations weren’t racist. In order for racism to apply the prosecutor would have had to have known the girl’s race when she made the decision. Since the decision was made over the phone, she more than likely did NOT know the girl’s race.

        I think the discipline for this situation should be handled on the school board level and not in the criminal justice system. The school board has expelled her, personally I think permanent expulsion is a bit on the harsh side, I would have gone with expelling her the remainder of the year. I do understand and agree with the school board’s motivations though (they are sending a message) I just wouldn’t have made it a permanent expulsion.

        There are most likely ALOT of facts here that none of us are aware of. So before anyone condemns the prosecutor as a racist they need to show something more compelling than citing two cases, it would also need to be shown that the prosecutor knew what race the girl was when she made the decision to prosecute. ALSO don’t condemn the girl as a terrorist or psychotic nutjob trying to hurt people without having more facts. Before anyone calls her that they need to show that she INTENDED to harm people or intimidate people with her actions. Also stop saying stuff like “so called honor student” I believe the principal of the school reffered to her as an honor student so there is verification right there. There are ALOT of brilliant people who could really use more common sense (especially at young ages)

        People need to stop over reacting!!! Neither of these people are evil reincarnate!! They are HUMAN BEINGS!!! Humans screw up!! Trust me, I have made WAY MORE than my share of screw ups in my life!!

        May 6, 2013
  18. #dosomething! https://www.change.org/petitions/state-attorney-jerry-hill-drop-charges-against-kiera-wilmot?utm_campaign=autopublish&utm_medium=facebook&utm_source=share_petition

    May 6, 2013
  19. avisjay #

    Mike S. is ridiculous! Even calling what Kiera Wilmot did a “firecracker” is an overstatement! Out of all Mike S. chemistry mumblings, there’s a thing that makes all the difference. It’s called COMPRESSION! There is no possible way to make an “explosive” the likes Mike S. is describing with the flimsy-ness of a 8 ounce plastic water bottle (that probably wouldn’t hold the compression of carbonated soda well). “700 times the pressure”! That piece of plastic crap will give at “2 times” the pressure, lol! This is like arguing the reaction of a mist of gas in a plastic bottle and a mist of gas in an engine cylinder. One will pop the top off a plastic bottle, the other will push a 1 ton vehicle. Dude, you’re not even comparing apples and oranges. You’re comparing watermelons to grapes.

    May 6, 2013
    • Mike S #

      Lol Avisjay;

      You made no sense in all actuality.. And not even a good attempt to downplay the reality… Comparing Grapes to Watermelons?? Yet another Moron!!!

      She used a “flimsy” water bottle you say…. she used what she had to do it in… had she used a 2 liter pepsi bottle, she could have blown her own or a bystanders limbs off… Compression?? Flimsy??? Your knowledge is severely restricted…. Go call coca-cola and ask them the pressure needed to blow up a “flimsy bottle”… Its deadly you fucking moron

      May 6, 2013
    • Jerry #

      The argument of the severity of the punishment is debatable. Some people believe to harsh and others believe spot on. We do know that in today’s environment a 0% tolerance of these kind of experiments in school needs to be upheld. The student has learned a lesson she’ll never forget and could she be shown some compassion, sure, but if she’s not then that’s how the cards fell.

      My beef with this thread is the quickness to call someone a racist. It’s a label that is thrown around and has the power to literally ruin someones career. Being labeled as a racist is as bad as being accused of rape and child molestation in my opinion. Even if your innocent it’s going to follow you around. Not ONE person here even knows this woman and yet everyone is quick to call her a racist. I don’t know if she has kids or a family but geez it’s a wrap for her.

      People are allowed to be assholes and hard asses and not be a racist. You should be allowed to make mistakes in dealing with other races other than your own and not be labeled a racist.

      I signed the petition thread because I want the girl to get another shot. BUT I was really turned off by how easy some people on this thread were willing to call someone a racist and judge a attorney without even knowing her.

      We want respect and non judgement from white people. You don’t want to be labeled a misfit and hooligan because a white person saw a bone head rapper on MTV and now thinks that’s how all black people are WELLLL how about we give white people the same treatment and not judge the shit out of them and label a person a racist for every incident when a white and black person are in a argument that doesn’t go our way because that sucks to.

      May 6, 2013
      • Mike S #

        @ Jerry

        A voice of reason and truth… Thanks Jerry..

        I too petitioned in this girls favor because just the gravity of this is enough of a lesson for anyone in her circumstance..

        To avidjay: the person now deciding to tangent off and split hairs about bottle size etc… Its the very principle behind the act… Certain science experiments are not to be performed in certain areas.. Not only by law, but by any commonsensical perception…. This was not an experiment… It was ” for fun ” and trust me, this WAS NOT done in a classroom using an 8 oz waterbottle with a cap twisted on… Bullshit… It may have been done with a beaker and lid, and she decided to turn up the notch and ramp it up justt a little bit… And then, being a curious smart 16 year old, will continue to move the bottle size up as she continued to “experiment”… Being she obviously lacks being able to “take every precaution” when conducting an experiment she should be HELD ACCOUNTABLE to to actions and what their actions may have resulted in!

        Obviously, she didnt know these laws.. She was completely unaware that her actions could result in Federal charges, for both Adults AND MINORS… Without this “learning experience”, and without these charges being placed, the youth of our nation may never become familiar with the fact that setting off a a BOMB, being water bottle bomb or a nuclear warhead, is just not allowed in public and civic areas…. Thats the point… And if these charges (which i believe serve as a warning and a “could result” lesson to all our youth) get dropped, the important lesson for this girl and our countries youth may be totally overshadowed and reduced to “well it was only because she was black”

        What a terrible thing that would be… Shame on all you bigots… Yea, the ones bringing race into this at all.. Especially the journalist responsible for this story and this blog… As if race had anything to do with this…. Whats worse than a racist? A biggot….

        May 6, 2013
  20. avisjay #

    You little bus idiot! Any man can squeeze a 8 ounce water bottle and pop the top off!

    May 6, 2013
  21. avisjay #

    “had she used a 2 liter pepsi bottle, she could have blown her own or a bystanders limbs off…” now your talking the difference in “volume” Is this a joke or something???

    May 6, 2013
  22. Betty #

    Major discoveries are found through mistakes! It’s a science project… This is so sad! This child trying too get and education and now this. May be she should pursue Law! Science leads her in that direction.

    May 7, 2013
    • Daryn Bogart #

      She IS pursuing law Betty. Just the wrong side of it. It’s NOT a science project you dolt. Do a search on people doing this same “science project” using gallon bottles & you’ll see that these explosive devices are being left on children’s playgrounds, etc. This little scumbag will undoubtedly blame society for telling her to commit other crimes as she gets older.

      May 7, 2013
  23. Spacebandito #

    What this young woman was attempting to make is called a muriatic acid bomb. There is no doubt in my mind she did this knowingly. There is no reason one would ever put toilet cleaner and aluminum in to a sealed container otherwise. The only reason it didn’t work is because she screwed it up and used a cleaner with a minimal amount of muriatic acid. Should she be tried as an adult? I don’t think so. Did she knowingly attempt to make a low grade explosive and hence be expelled and possible other punishment? Absolutely. Is the prosecutor basing her decision on race? No one knows but her. Is this article attempting to blow this up in to a race issue? Absolutely.

    May 7, 2013
    • Mike S #

      Finally, the intellegent start chiming in the defeat and deflate the race war..

      Hey Raniak Halek, what you did is nasty and dangerous.. Turning this into a racial battle… You should be sued you ignorant RACIST wanna-be journalist.. Your no more than a sub-par blogger in which bred a hateful thread…

      You should be made a fool of… Nationally..

      Where are your responses other than when a poster pointed out a bad link???

      Explain your motive, explain your basis..

      You a terrorist?

      May 7, 2013
  24. Leslie #

    1) If this was such an insignificant event that had so little impact how did the police find out about it in the first place? 2) If the school is behind her then why or how was it escalated to the degree that the police had to get involved? 3) Some of our greatest lessons are learned as a direct result of our mistakes. 4) With all the school shootings, to ignore the attempt to create a bomb on school property would cause an equally large outcry. & 5) Why do we assume that a child who is imitating the behavior of the adults they are exposed to, is equally intellectually matched sufficiently so that the child should be charged as an adult?

    May 7, 2013
    • Jerry #

      All great points!

      May 7, 2013
      • Mike S #

        Well.. It seems in the official report Ms Wilcot stated that a friend told her to do it and that she thought only smoke would arrise…

        Liar liar liar liar.

        1) if a “pop” occured, it was because she twisted the top on… Therefore, she was fully aware, that smoke wouldnt escape…
        2) “a friend told me to do it” that statement speaks for itself.
        3) All you bigots lost this one…..

        May 7, 2013
  25. Katie Bennett #

    These are clearly two very different situations . . . 11 years old vss. 16 years old. A killing, vss. a school experiment gone wrong. I don’t know what Glotfelty’s position on the matter is, racist or whatever, but the author of this article is stretching things. The way this girl is being treated is ridiculous. Hopefully the charges will be dropped and her record cleared.

    May 7, 2013
    • Daryn Bogart #

      So you want a bomber to have the arrest record removed? Where are you from? Iraq? Iran? Syria? Chechnya? You people REALLY need to research things before making stupid posts.

      May 7, 2013
  26. Daryn Bogart #

    Why are you morons making this a race thing? The girl KNEW this was a BOMB. There’s been a rash of such bombs being left on grade school playgrounds, etc but on a larger scale using gallon bottles instead of a small water bottle. Stop playing the race card because that makes YOU the racists. Scumbags.

    May 7, 2013
  27. will #

    The 10 and 13 yr olds shouldnt have had a BB gun.. Parents should be charged with something. The 16yr old made a Drano bomb.. These bombs are highly dangerous and have been created and left in peoples yards and ahve been very destructive.. I think she should be in some serious trouble.. Maybe not an adult felony charge.. I dont think race has anything to do with either case.. It is shameful that the race card is played every time a ‘minority’ breaks the law…

    May 7, 2013
    • Mike S #

      Yup, and the ‘oppressed minority’ lives in a country where a black man holds.. Makes total sense (sarcasm for those who dont see it)

      Seems the racists (race card pullers) have left the thread along with those claiming it to be a harmless thing…

      Anyone watch Hunger Games??? Look what the kid actors are capable of these days… So tell me why we should be starting a race war to water the seeds of hate in our children??

      I suggest this thread be closed..
      Seems the more logical and raceless contributors negated the “race” issue very well and convincingly

      May 7, 2013
  28. She knew what the hell she was doing! Give that god damn nigger the book

    May 7, 2013
    • Mike S #

      @ Rusty Dale :

      Now that was uncalled for asshole… Now that’s a racist people… Should have closed the thread when I said…

      The biggots should have seen this coming… Gave a good entry for a true racist..

      May 7, 2013
      • Daryn Bogart #

        The sad thing is that Rusty is probably black and just trying to further the race issue. If not, he should look in the dictionary to see the definition of the word.

        May 7, 2013
    • Jerry #

      awww Rusty

      May 7, 2013
    • Diane #

      @ Rusty:
      People like you are what makes this world sadder and sadder to live in. To judge a person by the color of their skin is sick! I am white, and have known some wonderful people who are black- but have also known some real asses who are white! Did you notice the man who helped save those 3 women in Ohio yesterday? He is black! I would rather trust someone like him than you!

      May 7, 2013
      • Mike S #

        Rusty is fake.. Just expoliting the thread to get a rise outta everyone..

        Race cards being pulled is stupid.. What amazes me is that the people most sensitive to racism tend to be black with limited historical knowledge

        Fact: white people were slaves and indentured servants too

        Fact: the moor’s.. A black people.. Invaded, a raped women and killed children throughout.. Sicily was most greatly impacted as the bloodline was permanetly changed to reflecf darker “sicilian” features instead of european features. Light hair and eyes became dark skin and eyes… That was around the 10th century AD.. 700 years before america existed… And maybe, with the use of a few of you can assertain that maybe “black slavery” in many instances was “payback” by a people once oppressed and conquered by a moor clan…

        Just as a lot of your ridiculous racial zealots would love to see.. White slavery…

        Im a white slave… I have to take a drug test to earn a paycheck that you arent required to take a drug test to receive.. Its call welfare.. And around here its 90+% black receiving the benefits… And Im a Sicilian, and my best friend is a black guy thats whiter than me… And you know what he says?? The black people always pulling the race card almost deserve to be label’d with the N word… An opinion of a colorblind black friend of mine…

        May 8, 2013
  29. Jenn #

    What everyone is forgetting is that it was done OUTSIDE in a CONTROLLED ENVIRONMENT. So the teachers and other students present KNEW what she was going to do….. And also, who called the police for a science experiment?

    May 7, 2013
    • Kim #

      My sentiments exactly Jenn, it’s not about race, it’s about an honors student who conducted an “EXPERIMENT” under the confines of a controlled environment. To prosecute this girl for conducting a science experiment is unacceptable. If anyone is to blame it is her teacher for allowing her to complete this obviously harmless experiment. Granted it could be harmful if that had been her intent….but clearly it WAS NOT, so why is she being treated so unjustly? Oh and just to be clear on the matter, I am white though color has nothing to do with it. The reality is that what this girl did does not justify the punishment that is being handed to her!

      May 11, 2013
      • Mike S #

        @ Kim

        Im sorry that because of the general publics tendency to twist facts and change stories as they get passes along, you along with many others have victim of bogus information…

        Fact 1: This was not done in front of teachers or in a controlled environment. An assistant principle heard the explosion and ran over to see Kiera standing by the melted bottle with a mist of smoke (which is GAS, not SMOKE)

        Fact 2) Kiera lied to police and claimed it was for a science fair project.. It was NOT and the chemistry teacher had NO Knowledge of Kiera’s “experiment”. She also said a friend of hers told her to do it and she thought only smoke would arise

        Fact 3) All of the cry outs in Kiera’s defense tend to be expressed mainly by the posters who have obtained false information and dilutions of the actual facts

        Fact 4). This was a bomb… Pure and simple.. The smoke wasnt smoke at all, its hydrogen

        Rant:
        The “chemistry major” who claims this was anything but a bomb, needs to find another major..

        Comparing this to a firecracker is a slippery slope, and so is comparing this to mixing baking soda and water…

        Bringing race into this has been ridiculous from the start.. “White” is not a race, and “black” is not either…

        In a highly sensitve time regarding “bombs” kids simply cannot get away with the things alot of us got away with… Sorry, but the shoe will drop for Kiera, the way it will… And I believe ALL things EXCEPT “racsim” or “anti-racism” will be considered…

        Sad we can transcend “race” and all realize we are part of the human one…

        May 11, 2013
  30. "Common man" #

    I’m just praying, in the end. The charges are dropped, her record isn’t tarnished over the simple mistake/accident that happened. Is race a key factor, maybe…maybe not, who knows? People that isn’t bold enough won’t let it slip from behind their teeth. All I’m saying, I hope that this entire ordeal ends, leaving this child alone of the small mistake she made.

    May 7, 2013
    • will #

      Gee.. If we could all live in your world.. Creating a Drano bomb is a small mistake?? If you think that she didnt fully know what she was creating then you need a dose of reality..

      May 8, 2013
  31. John Bradshaw Lawerenson. #

    That “Rusty Dale” person may indeed be fake, as I had this weird feeling to search the “name” on the internet. The results…the name “Rusty Dale” is a character played by comedian, Rickey Smiley! The character is somewhat uneasy about African Americans, but not borderline racist like slurs. Whomever used the name, I don’t care if you’re Black, White, Asian, Hispanic, Native American or any other ethnicity. A child is facing serious charges that could indeed damage her life, and all you can do is sit back, pull the racism card and joke. FUCK OFF.

    May 7, 2013
  32. Gerrie #

    Too bad,,, “JUSTICE” is not always just & equal justice is NOT always “equal”.
    There is more to it than the eye can see & ears can hear.

    Imagine these are the false-Messiahs who preach “Gospel” in the “NAME OF GOD” and lynch the innocent, just for the convenience & wicked pleasure in “POWER”, very corrupt power.

    So much for “civilized world”.

    May 7, 2013
    • Jerry #

      Gerrie was reading her bible again

      May 7, 2013
  33. When I was 16 I didn’t know what toilet cleaner and aluminum did.. and if I remember correctly bck to high school, all science experiments have to be approved by the science teacher. so why didn’t the science teacher say no?

    May 8, 2013
    • will #

      Open your eyes dopey… She knew exactly what was going to happen.. These type of bombs are all over the internet and are highly illegal and very dangerous..

      May 8, 2013
  34. Kay #

    @ Mike S do you have a life?
    Seems you don’t lol

    May 8, 2013
    • Mike S #

      Lol @ kay

      Is that your 2 cents?? You can have it back.. I’m sure you need it more than I.. Voiceless onlooker…

      May 8, 2013
  35. I’m inclined to think that the most that should be meted out to this girl in the way of discipline is:
    1.) Chew her out for showing poor judgment.
    2.) Shave some points off whatever grade she might otherwise have gotten.

    May 8, 2013
    • will #

      That’s a moronic inclination.. How do you shave grades off of somebody over a criminal act? She should get a deferred charge, maybe a fine and definitely be on probation..

      May 8, 2013
  36. The school I believe should be held responsible. I am not seeing anyone direct attention to the fact that it was a Science project! She, it is said, is a great student never been in trouble of any kind, so my thoughts are this was something that her Science Teacher had to know about and did nothing to stop it. So again why isn’t the school being held responsible for this action. Look at this country we now live in. In just 20 years it has changed so much… sad. We are suppose to be teaching our kids and in turn this seems like they are responsible but now pointing fingers…what is that really teaching them? Really upsetting to ruin this girls life for this one thing that was a school project with no intent to hurt anyone and no one did get hurt.

    May 8, 2013
    • will #

      Why should the school be held responsible for this? The Science Teacher stated there was no science project related to this…. The student brought the components from home at the urging of another student. You dopes are focusing too much on the fact that this girl is a minority and not enough on how dangerous bombs like this are.. The race card should not be a get out of jail free card..

      May 8, 2013
      • Will, if you read what I wrote you will have seen I did not say anything at all about race. So before you reply to my post please read all of what I wrote and do not add more onto it that I did not say. Thank you
        We all have opinions, mine is that we are punishing the wrong kids and doing nothing for the ones that really need help. This country has just went to shit. that is my thoughts.

        May 8, 2013
        • will #

          So this kid makes a Drano bomb at school and somebody other than her should be punished? Lay off the weed.. If you dont punish her, you should punish her parents. I’m not saying that she should go to jail or be permanently expelled.. Probably a suspension, fine and probation would be enough..

          May 8, 2013
    • Mike S #

      @ katiesparties

      You complete fool!!!! It WAS NOT A SCIENCE PROJECT !!!!!!

      She told police conflicting statements!!
      1) “i was doing a science experiment”
      2) “a friend told me to do it
      3) “i thought only some smoke would come out”

      These were her words!!!!! FACT!!!!
      Official statements!!!!!

      And calling this a “science experiment” is a petty manipulation and an insult and exploitation of real science!!!

      The internet is ranking high now in race issues and complete misinformation regarding the facts and its fucking ridiculous… Im severely racist against MORONS!!! The minority seems to be the thorough and “gather all the facts” before erupting a race war over a manipulative 16 yr old girl facing serious consequences to serious actions

      May 8, 2013
      • Boy when someone can’t have opinion on what the story above said….Wow! I just went by what the story above provided. Made a comment and I am getting called a fool and a moron. I have to say the responses here are a perfect example as to how nasty people today have gotten towards one another. Thank you to this site for allowing me the opportunity to say what I felt again going by what the story had given to us. You all have a nice life and a wonderful day. I wish you all the best and this little girl and her family. I hope you open your eyes not to just what you read online but to the people you pass in your every day life and I hope you are not as nasty and kid like in the real world. It is easy to sit behind a computer in a little room and belittle someone that you don’t even know for having a different take on things. Good day

        May 8, 2013
      • Mike S #

        @katiesparties

        Your sob story is compelling… Of course im nasty and angry, on purpose, and over-ride your views and point out that your opinion simply cannot be valid when its based on a far-fetched race card pulling article… You derive your “take on things” from a completely factually flawed and race driven article and expect those who are passionate about the TRUTH to just let it go uncorrected??? if your opinion is that the sky is green based on a story you read from a colorblind author, then your opinion is not valid… can I be any more clear??? Are you telling me that the State Farm commercial which pokes fun at people who take everything on the internet they read as the truth, actually encompasses the majority of readers on the internet in reality?

        No.. Your not a gold-brick-shitting saint katiesparties… Your ironical and pass judgements and develop opinions based on ficticious sub-par anti-racist media, and speak on the issue as if you had any facts.. You said yourself.. You commented only based on the article you read above.. Which was written by a bigot who is ONLY interested in page count, hits, and ranking… Toying with you all, and invoking a racial battle in order to let the content grow as the race battle gets heated… Look at all the sites and articles written other than this… None of them are from a viable source.. They are written by poser wanna be’s in no more than 100 google + circles..

        You dummys..

        Wise up people.. Get off the internet if you dont know how to actually research an event… Otherwise you might hurt yourself or another… And you fuck up and bury the real info because you give the nonsense all the attention…. Peons…. Sheeple….

        May 8, 2013
  37. Boss #

    This is highly unjust! I’m pretty sure this stupid & obviously racist prosecutor will drop the charges among the heat she receives from media, BUT what happens to the prosecutor afterwards? Who will she victimize or send to prison unjustly next?? IM CALLING FOR RESIGNATION!!!

    May 8, 2013
    • will #

      You gotta be a troll..

      May 8, 2013
    • Mike S #

      @ boss

      LOL Boss!! Your another Moron!!

      If you think the charges will get dropped because of race card pulling assholes like you, think again… In fact, lieniency, will be less considered due to the fact that the prosecutor would be acting WITHIN THE LAW by the book, by throwing the book at her!! School code of conduct seriously breached, and Federal and State laws broken… You damn morons. So think again if your race card petitioning is going to sway any fucking decisions… Your opinions are ridiculous.. If it’s your “opinion” is based on fiction, then your opinions arent worth a fucking shit in helping this girl or getting anyone to fucking drop anything..

      Dropping charges would be an action on lieniency and benevolence… And if this girl does do anything in the future, then the school would be held liable for not upholding their own code of conduct in which is aimed to PHYSICALLY PROTECT CHILDREN!!! Fucking manipulators!!!

      And again, think again if you think the bad media online is going to sway any fucking decisions…. You godamn artery cloggers

      May 8, 2013
  38. Mr. D #

    Should this girl get another chance? Yes. Is this a race issue? No. Just my opinion.

    May 8, 2013
  39. John Bradshaw Lawerenson. #

    Please, those who read this. Inform Al Sharpton!

    May 8, 2013
  40. Kay #

    Instead of all of you people fighting with each other through comments, how about you take some action on Kiera’s behalf and try to reach the offices in charge of this injustice. I just did.

    May 8, 2013
    • Mike S #

      Hey @ Kay

      Perhaps I’ll consider your recommendation to “shut the fuck up” when I see any one of you silly ubverts start sticking to the facts instead of trying to give this racial momentum…

      And as far as speaking for everyone Kay, your inability to do simple mathematics causes you to fail to realize that the reasonable, race card defeating posts now out number the bigot cry’s of peons like you…

      I told you to keep your 2 cents Kay.. You obviously need it more than I.. Better yet, go suck on the firing end of a shotgun and pull the trigger.. Moron :)

      May 9, 2013
      • no side #

        Mike your an idiot you need to fuck off you made your point some good but most of them are shit, you sound more racist than anyone here. Your acting your opinion is the only rite one. I would like to tell you on behalf of those you have insulted to go fuck yourself. GET A LIFE ASSHOLE

        May 10, 2013
  41. joe #

    Who turned her in to the police for making there so called weapon anyway was it a student or a teacher?How did they find out anyone know?

    May 8, 2013
    • will #

      It went ‘BOOM’… Retard…

      May 10, 2013
  42. tc #

    Ok, she should not have used toilet bowl cleaner and foil for her experiment. It really doesnt matter that she is black and makes good grades. She made a mistake and they screwed her over. Some people on here was talking about a little boy shooting his brother with a BB Gun, where were their parents? Obviously they have not been taught how to use a gun, 1. NEVER EVER point a gun (no matter what kind) at another person. The parents should be held accountable for that. Here it is in a nut shell. The 16 year old girl made a mistake and the 13 year old made a mistake but the shooting crime is way worse than the science experiment case. I think this stae needs to go back a reelect different people.

    May 9, 2013
  43. Lisa keck #

    Thats crazy shes a young girl. They are so BACKWOOD down in fla. Rev. Al Shapton, Jessie Jackson and Nancy Grace should protest with the rest of us

    May 9, 2013
  44. Concerned in GA #

    This story is not a surprise, but it is tragic. I do not see how though a student, being in school, under the instructions of a teacher can be held responsible for a failed science experiment. Should not the teacher then also be charged as well? The Primary reason that Kiera was arrested was the fact that she did not know that these 2 chemicals would have the reaction of an explosive nature. ( I didn’t know that these 2 things mixed together would explode and I am 49 years old). Is that not what the science teacher is for, to teach what these compounds would do if mixed? Should not the teacher know what his students are doing? Why was the teacher not arrested along with Kiera? He/she had to know what the student was experimenting with and had to allow the experiment to be conducted.

    If the people of Florida believe that Kiera has been treated unfairly in these charges and arrest then do something about it instead of making posts on a website that really has no meaning in helping Kiera. You the people of Florida do have a voice. Start an organization for Kiera, get her the best defense possible. This child should not have to pay the rest of her life for a science project gone wrong. The State Attorney is an elected official not appointed. You can make a difference in who and what type of people you allow into these offices.

    Kiera I hope that these charges are dropped and I hope that this science teacher is fired because it is apparent the teacher is an idiot that didn’t know what the heck was going on in his own classroom.

    May 9, 2013
    • Mike S #

      @concerned in GA,

      It is highly irresponsible to give your take when you have all the facts wrong..

      You think the science teacher should be arrested?? This was not an assignment.. It was not a project, and it was not brought to the teachers attention at any point before the incident…

      You honestly think they should blame a chemistry teacher that had no involvment because an irresponsible 16 year old girl set off a bomb?? Because the chemistry teacher didnt teach all the kids how to make bombs prior to her mixing the chemicals?? A complete fool!!

      Again, someone who rants without having any of the facts correct..

      And your strong opinion is to crucify and hang the prosecutor, the school, and all of Florida state because a 16 yr old girl FUCKED UP and is being handed the law??

      You fucking idiots would probably defend the boston bombers on the same premise if it was a pair of 16 year old black girls who called it a “science experiment” and “didnt know what would happen”

      Im done with you thick headed morons…
      Read the facts, then state your opinion..

      Your 49 learn to read… And realize there is a difference between school grounds and your back yard… I can fire a pistol in my backyard or set off a muriatic acid bomb if i want with no recourse and without breaking laws… I would be fucking droned out and killed within minutes if I did it on school grounds..

      Its amazing how delusional many of these posters are..

      Shes in big trouble and there is nothing you can or should do about it..

      Kiera made a choice and she did this to herself… A lesson 16 year old need to learn more.

      I petition to have her “honor” revoked.. And for you morons to be gassed…

      May 9, 2013
      • Kay #

        Hey Mike S, Do us all a favor and SHUT THE FUCK UP.

        May 9, 2013
  45. April Showers #

    @Mike S
    Hey, it is absolutely LOVELY that you appear to be quite educated and all, but dear, WE GET YOUR POINT. If you are “so sick” of people pulling the race card and you think everybody is being ignorant then hey, here’s an idea, STOP READING EVERYBODY’S COMMENTS lol. News flash, you can’t try to educate EVERYBODY that leaves a comment on this story. Surely you have better things to do with your time than going into these rants every time someone posts a comment you don’t agree with. You’ve said what you had to say….SEVERAL TIMES already. Why REPEAT the same point over and over again when it’s obvious that everyone already feels the way they are going to feel about it.

    May 9, 2013
    • Mike S #

      @ April Showers

      Points well taken!!

      I guess I believe I can get through to at least 1 out of 10 morons if I repeat myself…

      But I must remind myself that repeating the same action over and over again expecting a different result is insanity (einstein)

      Its called taking responsibility.. And being accountable… It would solve the majority of our sick countries issues… And should be taught to our youth.. And I see nothing wrong with the tough “scare” she is facing that will be monumental in engraining in her mind that there can be serious consequences to seemingly harmless “experiments”.. All of the possible lessons here are being overshadowed by ignorance… I agree that human treatment may be in question at times, however making it a matter of black yellow or purple is completely destructive and serves no purpose…

      Courts and prosecutors cant consider emotion when they have a duty to enforce policy… Just the facts… So let it take its course, and I believe the result will be more favorable based on consideration of a child making a mistake… Not based on race..

      May 9, 2013
      • April Showers #

        @Mike S
        Bingo! Lol. Everyone has their opinion about this situation. But at the end of the day, NONE of our comments are going to actually make a difference in this case. So getting upset at each other is just kinda pointless. Just sayin lol.

        May 9, 2013
  46. There are kids bullying kids, but nothing is being done about that matter is there? This world is full of stupid fucking people, and the moment a shining star makes one tiny “mistake,” they are scrutinized, mistreated, and stripped of their rights. I’m appalled and ashamed by our system, and I feel for the poor bright young lady.

    May 9, 2013
    • will #

      you need to lay off the weed…

      May 9, 2013
      • nicollebaria #

        You need to get your head out of your ass you son of a bitch

        May 9, 2013
    • will #

      You have a filthy little mouth.

      May 9, 2013
      • Mike S #

        And look at nicollebaria’s pic..
        About as dirty as her mouth

        May 9, 2013
  47. Jeneva #

    I think it’s all bullshit she didn’t hurt anyone and everyone wants to talk about how the blacks act in school okay but answer me this what color was the kids who shoot up schools these past few yrs???? THEY WERE FUCKING WHITE SO PLZ THIS GIRL SHUD NOT BE SENT TO JAIL AT ALL

    May 9, 2013
  48. will #

    Our country is doomed because of narrow minded fools like you all.. You want a world of rainbows and unicorns…. The 10 and 13 yr old were playing with BB guns and a child accidently was killed..What is you suggestion of a punishment for a 13 yr who just lost a brother?? Believe me he will be paying the price for this his whole life..

    Then you have the 16 yr old girl who built a bomb on school grounds and after getting in trouble tried to lie and a play dumb by saying it was a science project that only she knew about. These are far from harmless and there’s no way she made it without knowing the results.

    Here’s more info on the bomb she created,..

    Homemade “bottle bombs” have been around for at least two decades, though they’ve been known by a variety of different names, including “acid bombs,” “Drano bombs,” “works bombs,” “pressure bombs,” and “MacGyver bombs.” Any number of YouTube videos demonstrate how to construct and detonate them. Because they’re made with common household ingredients they’re a favorite of teenage pranksters, but police warn that the devices are unpredictable and dangerous. Would-be bottle bomb makers need to be aware that if caught they can be charged with a felony. Penalties can be quite severe if injuries or property damage result.

    The way a bottle bomb works is simple. When the aluminum foil comes into contact with the Drano solution a strong chemical reaction occurs, releasing a gas which causes pressure to build up inside the plastic bottle, which eventually explodes. The caustic, boiling liquid thrown off by such an explosion can cause second- or third-degree burns and/or blindness.

    News reports of bottle bomb incidents (in which the activity is sometimes described as a “fad”) have cropped up regularly since the early 1990s. An article published in the Los Angeles Times in March 1991 claimed at least eight adolescents had been injured in glass bottle bomb explosions after learning how to construct the devices from an episode of the TV show MacGyver.

    The 2010 warnings were prompted by specific incidents reported in April 2010, including the discovery of bottle bombs left in the yards of two houses in York Township, Michigan and a “rash” of attempted mailbox bombings in Methuen, Massachusetts.

    New alerts began circulating via social media in February 2013 after a rash of Drano bomb mailbox explosions in Kennewick, Washington and the arrest of three people accused of setting off a bottle bomb in Commerce, Georgia.

    May 9, 2013
    • Mike S #

      Thanks Will!

      It seems that the people on this thread with ANY intelligence AND common sense state facts, and back up their opinions with these facts.. Opinions deduced by the collective intelligence in regards fo safety and knowing..

      “Dont try this at home” is a cliche stated by magicians, stunt men, and chemist’s alike.”

      If this girl is an “honor student” by her own merit, then she SHOULD be held fully accoubtable for her lies and playing dumb, trying to manipulate the authorities involved.. If shes an honor student by reason of nepitism, or other initiation, then her “being a stupid little girl” may be her saving grace…

      Her being an “honor student” puts more responsibility in her lap to do the right thing and not make mistakes like she did.. If she was in the “special” class, then her actions could be excused…

      And all you morons are actually making me want to see this girl dealt a heavy hand of justice and inserted into the juvenile detention system BECAUSE it may teach you idiots a lesson… Wereas I originally wanted this all to be just a scare and for then to drop the charges….. And the law system, and school system, if anything, will hesitate on lieniency because she nor YOU are priviledged!! It would be an act of benevolence to let her off… Not a necessity based on your demands

      May 9, 2013
  49. Kristin #

    John doughball ( sorry if its spelled wrong) and those that support his thoughts,
    At 13 you know what guns are. You know that they shoot bullets ( in this case bbs). These children were being reckless. They didn’t check to see if the gun was empty. Someone died. How is this less severe than a science experiment that hurt no one. Suspension is understandable. Community service is another way she can pay for her mistake. She should have made sure it was ok for her to bring her science experiment to school, but two felony charges for a victimless crime, while no one is being prosecuted for the death of a child caused by the same lack of forethought. No one can seriously say that is fair. While losing a loved one is horrible and it’s sad that his family will experience that kind of loss, the justice system is supposed to be unbiased. Losing a love one is not a punishment that was a judicial decision. Therefore that can not be used as an excuse not to prosecute Taylor. When an adult accidentally kills someone, it’s considered manslaughter. Stupid decisions lead to real consequences. Kierra’s mistake is not one that deserves all potential life opportunities snatched away from her or make it that much harder for her to succeed because as a double minority, it will already be hard. Both of these children should be given a chance to have a good life.
    Those who are commenting on this as well. I think that name calling and disrespectful remarks should not be typed. They don’t accomplish anything, but insuring people who don’t see things as you do will not listen. As adults we should be able to engage in respectful, productive debates. Hope everyone has a great day!

    May 9, 2013
    • Mike S #

      Double minority???

      Women in 2013 = majority controllers of business

      Black in 2013? = our country’s CEO is a “minority” as you put it

      Maybe you, alongside the other posters who’s comments are saturated with fiction and assumption need to take a “problems in philosophy” course.. And learn an argument cannot begin until the FACTS are laid out and agreed upon.. There has to be an objective truth… Otherwise you do nothing but cause others to right themselves and keep defending the facts…

      This has turned into an attack on white kids.. A 10 and 13 yr old boy playing with bb guns and the terrible fatality that resulted is completely unrelated to Kiero Wilcot and her ordeal.. And for the author of this thread to tie the two together is a race war saddist….

      Its hilarious how you state how the judicial system needs to be “unbiased” in prosecuting a 13 year old and his parents, as you back up Kiera’s actions as “victimless”… And because nobody got hurt she should be “free’d”

      Go to the back of the bus you race card pullers and hold up a free kiera sign…

      May 9, 2013
      • Mike, please stop trolling the comments to this post. At this point, you have been heard loud and clear. Unless you have something new to add to the conversation, all future repetitive hateful remarks from you will be blocked on this post.

        May 9, 2013
        • Mike S #

          Well the “hate” was bread with your ridiculous article and if you want to “block” me, then that would be “gagging”.. Surely a total conflict of the basis in which you claim your blog site is about..

          And go ahead and block one post.. And watch your wordpress go away.. A fair warning… You dont know who your dealing with..

          May 9, 2013
      • Kristin #

        First women are a minority, you can that my Soc 355 course on Minorities. I did not say women did not contribue. Likewise, that’s one example of a minority in a high level position, but how many other examples can you give, 6,7,10 out of how many? Second, I was not pulling any race card. Race is socially constructed and only exist in the mind and society. Ethnicity is biologically based.
        I don’t appreciate your rude and condescending tone. I did not approach your stance on the issue like that and I would appreciate if you practiced tolerance for ideas that aren’t like yours, something our country needs dearly, and give me the same respect I gave you.
        I will say, that you enthusiasm for comments that reference issues of the civil rights movement gives readers the impression that you are prejudice. This is not the same as racism.
        You also misunderstood my post. I did not say she should not be punished. I do believe prison is harsh when no one was hurt or killed, which is why I called it victimless. And offered up alternatives to prison. There are ways to show childrebn their actions were wrong without sending them to prison. Neuroscience tells us that in both cases, these children, Taylor AND Kiera, do not have fully developed frontal lobes. While not an excuse, it is a fact to be taken into consideration.
        These two cases have different factors, are two different types of felonies. ( murder and bringing weapons on school grounds) I think what some are trying to say is that both acts were felonies and both involved children, but the time took considering how each case would proceed was extremely different.
        You speak of an objective truth, who is to say that it is your truth that is objective? I personally believe truth has three faces and is based on one’s perspective.
        At this point I don’t think anyone’s OPINIONS are based on being objective. Opinions are subjective, which means argument is subjective. I think this has turned into a pissing contest. Who can be more nasty, and sarcastic to the other people writing. I believe we can do better than this.

        Rusty Dale your comments are being perceived as ignorant and offensive and promote the stereotypes linked with minorities. How many minorities do you actually know? You are generalizing a piece of the population you have either had no experience or very little experience with. Based on your comments, should I say that everyone with your ethnic background is ignorant?
        Minorities are the minority when it comes to using services that use American tax dollars. You see what you want to see in people, but what you “see” is not the whole story. The number of children you have is in no way connected to your ethnicity. 19 kids and counting, Jon and Kate plus 8 ….we need to be united as a country. And in the Bible, what does the word say about judgement? What does it say about about our fellow man?
        Whether people like it or not, we are all Americans. That’s all that should matter . It’s sad, our country could be so much more than it is now.
        Honestly, it’s disappointing that your point of view still exist. Our of try will forever be fractured until people stop thinking like this and give each person, each individual the chance to show who they are the inside. Thanks for the opportunity to get my thoughts out there!

        Everyone please come down and be respectful. Have a great day!

        May 10, 2013
        • Mike S #

          @ Kristen

          I am sorry.. Thank you.. All points well taken, and you are right about much.. I am accountable to the fact that I put my “thoughts” out there without considering first, that another flawed human being, with challenges like my own, is on the receiving end of my communication… I would not like to be attacked based on my views, and in this case I failed in “doing unto others”. For that, I am whole-heartedly sorry. I hold myself accountable.. That I do well.. My biggest challenge is to reduce the negativity in which I need to hold my accountabiliy to.. You hit the nail on the head… “Do unto others”

          As far as an objective truth. There must be one as a precursor in order for the argument to be productive and evolving..
          As simple as everyone agreeing that 2+2 equals 4. And THEN arguing the ideas on how to quantitate..

          The facts revolving around THIS case, should be the guiding light of the argument involving differing ideas as to how to handle the situation. And I admit prejiduce against people who do not research things at all for themselves before offering up “their opinions”.. Opinions are subjective, however they are only subjectivly accurate so long as the facts are accurate.. Otherwise your opinion changes…

          So to all I have insulted, including Riena, I sincerely apologize for my harshness and regret my attacks on your valuable input…

          I would just appreciate seeing more and more people question the facts before taking it to a “race” thing..

          I believe that racists and anti-racists share an equal prejudice.. And are equally at fault… We need to abolish both ideas from our minds and vocabularies to end “racism”… Give it no regard…

          Thanks again Kristen for “calming me down”

          May 10, 2013
  50. Let me tell you all something. I am a god fearing, Republic voting man! When a criminal act happen such as this, give them colored the damn BOOK! They already take our tax dollars for these such link cards. They are lazy, a job could be sitting in their face and they would ignore it just like them little rugrats they have. I don’t have time to be having a pity party with you bastards!

    May 9, 2013
  51. Kristin #

    T9 is so frustrating!
    First sentence:
    *you can thank my …..
    6th line from the bottom:
    *our country will….
    Sorry guys! Here are my fixes :)

    May 10, 2013
  52. shy #

    In refernce to the quote about hispanics and blacks being the 70 percent of arrested students; they are referring to the students as “of color,” YOU DO KNOW THAT WHITE IS ALSO A COLOR RIGHT!? It’s 2013, not the 1930’s, no one should be referring to a set of people as “colored or of color.” Dumb asses!

    May 10, 2013
  53. DK #

    I don’t believe anyone is thinking that the assistant attorney general heard about Kiera and said “I can’t wait to mess up this black girls life forever!” Maybe saying that she is “racist” isn’t the right term. She, like many other people in the world, is reflecting the general attitudes that we see directed toward minorities, more specifically black people in this case. She isn’t maliciously going after Kiera because she actively hates black people, but there is no doubt that she is conditioned to feel a certain way about certain people. This is no different than a woman clutching her purse a little tighter in the prescence of a black man, or a cab driver not wanting to pick up a Hispanic man. These people are reacting in accordance with the stereotypes and images that are perpetuated everyday in the media, news, schools, etc. their ignorance is unfortunate and makes me wonder why people are unable of excercising independent thought and reasoning. People are so afraid to be seen as racist, that they forget to think about the experiences of black americans. We have been mistreated and scrutinized for more than 200 years, suffering through slavery, the KKK, lynichings, rape, and the destruction of our families and communities right up to the present day. As a result, we may jump to conclusions, but that is only natural when living in a world where it is painfully clear that black people (the entire diaspora) are not held in high esteem. we are all judged unfairly on our most dysfuntional members, and this is why we see people behaving in accordance with stereotypes. Maybe for the sake of argument, and to keep people (like mike s) from flying off the handle at the mention of the word racism, we shouldn’t say that they attorney isn’t a “racist,” but rather she is acting as a result of her conditioning as a white American. I am not saying that all white Americans judge black people based on the foolishness they see on tv, and I am very aware that people of every group are guilty of acting on vicious and untrue stereotypes, including African Americans. That being said, both Kiera and this attorney may be victism of our violent and prejudiced history as a country.

    May 10, 2013
    • Mike S #

      + 1

      Well said..

      May 10, 2013
    • will #

      I think.. She made a mistake.. Told a couple lies about it.. And because of the deceit she is being charged more severely. I have no doubt that she will get off with a stern warning and probation when everything is done. As for her school punishment.. I think the fact that she tried to blame this on the School and the Teacher with a fake ‘Science Fair Project’ will prevent her from returning to that school. You cant falsely accuse a person or organization of something and then just go back to normal life. There will and should be consequences. There will be plenty of parents that are hesitant in allowing their children to return to school if she is allowed back..

      May 10, 2013
      • Mike S #

        @ Will

        “”I think the fact that she tried to blame this on the School and the Teacher with a fake ‘Science Fair Project’ will prevent her from returning to that school. You cant falsely accuse a person or organization of something and then just go back to normal life. There will and should be consequences. There will be plenty of parents that are hesitant in allowing their children to return to school if she is allowed back..””

        You raise a very good point Will…. When I was in 8th grade, I challenged a health ed teacher who was “known” by the students as pushing girls down in physical fitness testing, and holding their shoulders while staring down their shirts… I was the only one who managed to muster up the balls, and I yelled “stop it you pervert!” when I saw him do it to my older sister. He screamed at me in the locker room, shoved me, and I pushed him back… I ran to the principle’s office…Long story short, the veteran health ed teacher was fired… I did a great thing, and silently commended by the principle, however, I was required to leave the district and they deferred tax dollar’s to allow me in another district all together.. Upset with the system, my parents put me in private school… Returning to a “normal life” at that particular school, was not to be risked… That was in the early 90’s….

        So what should be done today? The media coverage on this is what will prevent this girl from going back to a “normal life” wouldn’t everyone agree? Charges sticking would just be an insult to injury… The unfortunate thing about the internet is that, charged or not, she may always be judged by some based on the permanent media trail…. So the problem I guess is judgement…Regardless of how she is being judged now, She will be judged based on her responses and how she acts from here…. I hope she does the right thing from here on through the end of this challenge…..Because she can actually turn a bad thing good… She has a spotlight, and can rise above or sink below.. It’s really her choice at this point…

        People are watching… Lots of people… And that can’t be a bad thing these days….

        May 10, 2013
  54. saint #

    i stopped reading this…what got me frustrated is this blog….race card? white people invented the race card by looking at a person’s race so often…i deal with racism everyday, unless u are just naive, u can’t help but to notice how race is used against people…ur not going to make racism go away by throwing the term ‘race card’ at everyone who feels they have been discriminated against…hell, racism is alive and well and evident not only in the judicial system but all over society…and to call this thing this little girl made a bomb is just silly…in shop class when i was young, we did this sort of thing to make hydrogen cars, they weren’t bombs….if this little girl was trying to make a bomb she sure as hell wouldn’t be explaining it to a class…racism will never end as long as it is not dealt with…btw, i too am a chemistry major and unless u know about catalyst and the actual process of this titration u can’t turn it into a proficient bomb…it really is just a ‘firecracker’….not to say that a strong enough firecracker won’t blow ur damn hand off…she didn’t make no bomb to come and explain it to her science class….i mean i didn’t research this incident but logically thinking back to the cases i’ve seen of terrorism this little girl was no terrorist…hell i’ve had college professors blow shit up, no one called the cops on them, and the chemicals used in class were much more damaging to human tissue, without any explosion needed…i mean most adults couldn’t explain the chemical reactive process of mixing household products, can we really expect this little girl to be an expert on explosives? thats a bit much i think….people make mistakes, children make even more mistakes….

    May 10, 2013
    • Mike S #

      White people invented the race card?? That is probably the most ignorant and hypocritical remark I’ve seen on this blog yet.. Check yourself man…

      May 11, 2013
  55. Adrian #

    Mike S. Your asked a question. About who is the majority on public assistance. The answer is. White Americans.

    May 11, 2013
  56. Ascendant #

    Here is what most of you who are oblivious about chemistry don’t get here.

    1. This girl’s experiment was an intentional attempt at making an explosive. She was a student with a good head on her shoulders, which means she knew exactly what she was making in advance, an explosive.

    2. Those of you saying “no one got hurt,” just stop talking. You look like an idiot to anyone who understands even the slightest bit of chemistry. The chemical reaction she made is not only an explosive, but it creates lye, a product that was once used to dissolve dead bodies. If that stuff got on anyone, they could have been seriously injured. This was not just a little firework-type explosive. It was a chemical bomb. Big difference kids.

    3. Those who try to turn this into a racist thing, you are just idiots. Having Obama as a president should make it clear that racism is no longer common amongst the general public, except for maybe 97% of the blacks who voted for Obama, many even admitting they did so purely because of his skin color. White people are always concerned degenerates of other races are going to pull the race card. It is a desperate attempt at taking advantage of the system, and it is sickening. If you wonder why she was charged and the child who committed unintentional murder was not, re-read #1 and #2 above.

    May 11, 2013
    • Kristin #

      No one got hurt…..Yes someone could have, the possibility is always there for someone to be hurt when people make mistakes. No one was physically hurt by what Kiera did so your number two Is not an actual fact in this case. Unless you know each person on here, please don’t insult anyone’s intelligence because you wouldn’t want yours insulted. Thanks! Happy Mother’s Day!

      May 12, 2013
  57. shay #

    Just like the young boys didn’t know one of the BB guns had a BB in it and caused an unforgettable accident, this student also did something that she was unaware of. They are both innocent, but yet they 13 y/o gets off the hook from killing a child and she is going to have a life she never wanted because of a simple mistake that barely harmed anyone. Really?!? It’s so ridiculous and I’m actually not at all surprise that Florida would have something like this happen. I feel sooo bad for this girl because she has to go through hell. Shoot I’m so curious that I probably would have done something like that, but I wouldn’t have think it would cause a mini “explosion” and get me into trouble. It was a mistake, just like the 13 y/o mistakenly killed his brother, and therefore she should not be punished this way. It really is quite stupid that they punish her so harshly for crap like this. The judicial system needs to get it together. So sick and tired of people not being able to do their jobs right.

    May 11, 2013
  58. Gerrie #

    Since when does “School Science Project” became a crime?

    Then again, slave-empire preaching “liberty & justice” while prosecuting, tormenting & lynching the innocent, is part of American culture.
    Too bad,,, “Those who failed to remember history are condemned to repeat it”.

    May 13, 2013
    • Bob #

      Gerrie, this wasn’t a school science project.

      She made what’s known as a drano-bomb, and set it off on school grounds.

      May 13, 2013
      • god save us from the USA #

        “She made what’s known as a drano-bomb, and set it off on school grounds.”

        Yes of course. And then she stayed near, if the bomb explodes (in a plastic bottle lol, you are all such science geeks, muhahaaa) she will be hurt most. I think it was a suicide attempt, don´t you think? Or she is a suicidal bomber. Thats it! She wanted to commit suicide and take the whole school with her. Yes! Put her to Guantanamo Bay immediately. If you let her go, the next time she will get flying lessons and kill maybe thousands of innocent American tax payers. These things must be nipped in the bud

        May 14, 2013
  59. god save us from the USA #

    JJesus Christ, I am from Germany and I read this comments with increasing horror. Especially from this fascist Mike S., a 100% racist if I ever see one. His comments are so full of hate and frustration, that during the progress of the discussion I could feel that he would like to see this girl on death row or worse. I wish they would cut the connection between Europe and USA because you are all crazy over there. In Germany this girl would get a suspension for a day and thats it. But in the USA its no problem to give little children guns to kill each other but if a girl makes a stupid foolery her life is ruined for ever. God, the USA is more scary than Iran. The fanatics over there at least make sense.

    May 14, 2013
    • will #

      Arent the Germans, the Nazi’s? Most racist and Evil bunch in history?

      May 14, 2013
      • god save us from the USA #

        Aren´t a lot of americans of german origin? But isn´t it strange that during WW2 only the people of japanese origin end in camps? And you have more Nazis in the USA than in Germany nowadays, isnt´t it, arian brother? We learned from our mistakes.

        May 14, 2013
      • will #

        Just pointing out how ignorant you sound when you judge a full country of people on a small group’s actions.. Sounds pretty stupid.. Huh?

        May 14, 2013
      • will #

        Now you’re comparing concentration camps to the camps that the US placed the Japanese? I agree they are both horrible but it’s pretty easy to recognize which was one of the most evil occurrences in the last 100+ years. By the Germans? So I guess all Germans must be evil?

        May 14, 2013
      • god save us from the USA #

        A small group? When I saw how many people elected a Mormon with a mind more bullheaded than the whole Vatican combined. I saw how small this group of Americans is. Face it. Your state has as much fanatics as Iran. Over there, the half of the people is normal as well but the other half… oh my god. And in the USA it’s the same. Europe gets more and more afraid from the big brother of the other side of the world. Thank goodness, we become more and more independent form you.

        May 14, 2013
      • god save us from the USA #

        @willl: You speak about the past, I speak about the present. And this is the difference. Take care of you own trash in the country before you play police force for the rest of the world (of course only if it is good for your economy). I don´t know if you are aware that the reputation of the USA during the “reign” GW Bush was worse than ever in history? And the only reason it is not completly in the gutter in the moment is Obama.

        May 14, 2013
    • Mike S #

      Speak for yourself in Germany, which hardley shares all “european” values.. And you ascertained from my post that I am 100% Racist and Facist? Then its clear I lost you for either you read everything I wrote with cynicism, or it was lost in translation…

      I am hardly racist… And I am laughing as I read your accusations of such.. 100%? you speak in absolutes?

      And break off from the USA? Nazi Germany was ended by “Facists” know as the USA…

      I am certainly not for big government and far off the right wing.. And frustration?? You express discomfort hearing someones frustration? Oppressive you are..

      And out of line…

      Have a great day there in “germany” reading on our “horrific” issues and blogs where people can let loose.. You support internet censorship? Let me know how your unicorns and ponies are doing in Germany…

      And send us some links on recent bombings or terrorist scares over there in Germany and give us some examples of your perfect handling and behavior in response to a kid then experimenting with a bomb om school grounds just weeks after the boston bombing… And just a few months after Sandy Hook massacre…

      Ill welcome anyone elses rant on my previous comments but yours…

      May 14, 2013
      • god save us from the USA #

        By the way, Sicily has created only one big thing in history: The Mafia. And the italians would be happy if they could ship it to Africa. Germany is paying for all Europe in the moment. And one big reason you have this terrible economic situation is, that “old Europe” didn´t pay for the war in Iraque. Poor GW Bush he was so sure about the billions form German and France, and then? A kick in the ass. In Germany we still laugh about this thing.

        May 14, 2013
        • Mike S #

          @ God save us from the USA
          Your ignorance stinks.

          “”By the way, Sicily has created only one big thing in history: The Mafia. And the italians would be happy if they could ship it to Africa. Germany is paying for all Europe in the moment. And one big reason you have this terrible economic situation is, that “old Europe” didn´t pay for the war in Iraque. Poor GW Bush he was so sure about the billions form German and France, and then? A kick in the ass. In Germany we still laugh about this thing.””

          1) try Arcemedes you fool… Here we go… Some of the most famous men in history were native Sicilians. Foremost among these are Dionysius I of Syracuse (430-367 BC), Roger II (1095-1154) Norman King of Sicily and the German Emperor Frederick II of Hohenstaufen (1194 – 1250). Yes!! A GERMAN EMPORER of Sicilian descent…

          Prominent politicians in recent history include Domenico Caracciolo (1711 – 1789), Viceroy of Sicily, and the political free spirit, Leoluca Orlando (born in 1947), who was, as a mayor of Palermo and carrier of the Goethe Medal, the hope of the anti-mafia alliance for a long time.

          2) Due to Sicily’s geographical location between East and West, Sicily has always been a melting pot of different cultures. From the Phoenicians, Greeks and Romans, through the Byzantines, Arabs, Normans, Staufer and French, to the Spanish, Austrians and Italians – many different peoples and nations ruled over the Mediterranean island. Many of them have brought their culture, art and knowledge to Sicily which inspired the indigenous people and gave birth to many interesting personalities.

          As far as the Mafia goes? Let me educate your professor… The Mafia became an essential part of the social structure in the late 19th century because of the inability of the Italian state to impose its concept of law and its monopoly on violence in a peripheral region.
          3) Your facts are diluted and your notions are ridiculous.. 100% hypocritical ignorant racist
          4) Professor you say? I think your just in a library at a university… Certainly not of economics or finance if you are one.. Certainly not on history or international politics..

          Hilarious how when shown wrong, your racism and pig luster shines

          You really do sound like an “pure race” kind of guy…

          May 14, 2013
      • god save us from the USA #

        “Ill welcome anyone elses rant on my previous comments but yours…” You are such a liar. You only welcome the people with your opinion. All the others are morons and idiots. And without the soviet union the USA would have had the same experience in Germany than in Vietnam. Germany during the third reich was the biggest crime in history, no doubt about. But it was defeated by another criminal: Stalin. And after the war the USA goverment realised that they should have allied with Hitler (who cared about the Jews, no american bomb was wasted on Auschwitz). But then it
        was too late… But as usual. The winner wrote the history books.

        May 14, 2013
  60. will #

    Also the author of this article is full of shit…

    Brian Haas, an assistant state attorney and spokesman for the state attorney circuit that includes Polk County, said no formal charges have been filed against the teenager, and that his office was working “to do what’s right in this particular case.”

    The office’s lead prosecutor, State Attorney Jerry Hill, has said that probation might be a reasonable resolution for “a young lady who possibly showed some bad judgment,” according to The Ledger, the Lakeland-based newspaper. ” We aren’t down here trying to destroy or ruin her life,” it reported.

    May 14, 2013
  61. will #

    The group Dream Defenders urged people to call the school district and ask that Kiera not be expelled. Both the state attorney’s office and the Bartow police department said they have been swamped by calls and emails about the case.

    Most, Haas said, are from “faraway places” and most are critical — but often armed with incorrect information. Many, for example, believed Kiera has already been charged with felonies and that the incident took place in a science lab in the school, Haas said.

    No one could be reached at Kiera’s Bartow home. Hardaway, who has shared news of the case on his Facebook page, said he has asked the family not to comment until the criminal case is resolved. He offered thanks to “all those who’ve shown their care for Kiera.”

    He said Kiera, who stands 4-foot-11, according to her police report, was scared by her arrest and now worries her school thinks she is a “terrorist.” He said school counselors have met with her and are working to give her a “better view” of what’s happened.

    May 14, 2013
    • god save us from the USA #

      Oh, I think you just broke the heart of people like Mark S. who defended so much, the harsh actions of the authorities. And now they don´t deliver. What a pity.

      May 14, 2013
      • Mike S #

        Lol!! You really cant read!! Can you?!

        1) My main aggrevation was directed at all the people commenting and giving their opinions based on completely bogus information… If you read thoroughly (which may be a challenge for you) you will see that I was angry at all the “racist” and “anti-racist” driven directives…

        2) I was attacking commentors who were deriving their opinions and views and then escalating it to racial matters based on completely bogus information..

        3) I had to repeat myself in points 1 and 2 in hopes that you will GET THE POINT

        4) You chimed into this discussion with an opinion that was derived without proper reseach and based only on what you read here… So Go back to point 1, 2, and 3….

        So its clear it wasnt a case of “polk county hanging another black person”! So my heart is thrilled seeing the bullshit article being dubunked…

        So the laugh is on you Germany… Learn to READ… Actually snickering over there wanting me to be wrong, but in fact, the truth is being exposed..

        I REACTED RELENTLESSLY on the over-reaction of the commentors who continued to spread rumors and accuse people and an entire county and school system of racism…

        And for good reason… To support the truths.. To see people hold themselves accountable, and support fair consequences… She can join a firesquad and learn household chemical safety and right her wrong.. She can try to share a message… All suitable responses and consequence..

        But getting off the hook entiterly due to a race card being pulled would be a great shame..

        Rebuttle Germany???

        May 14, 2013
      • god save us from the USA #

        Mike S: Lol!! You really cant read!! Can you?!

        I can read. German, english and french and even in italian. What about you? Sicily boy? Que cosa buena que haya una persona como tu en el mundo, nicht wahr, Connard? Go back to your life on social support while I go back to my job at the university. Bye, bye.

        May 14, 2013
    • Gerrie #

      Willy,

      Did you really wrote this,,,

      1. “Most are from “faraway places” and most are critical — but often armed with incorrect information. Many, for example, believed Kiera has already been charged with felonies”?

      2. “Also the author of this article is full of shit…”?

      But, Did you read this first,,,

      1. “On Monday, April 23, Glotfelty told the Barlow Police Department to charge 16-year-old high school honors student Kiera Wilmot with two felonies for conducting a botched science experiment ???

      2. “Wilmot mixed a household toilet cleaner with aluminum in an 8 oz. plastic bottle, causing the top to pop and some smoke to rise. The police report states that Wilmot was charged with two felonies at the behest of Glotfelty”???

      NOW Willy, WHY WOULD “the Barlow Police Department ARREST & Glotfelty tell the Barlow Police Department to charge 16-year-old high school honors student Kiera Wilmot with two felonies for conducting a botched science experiment ???

      May the lord open your eyes, mind & heart,,, but DO YOU MEAN, YOU CAN NOT SEE “INJUSTICE OF THE SYSTEM, against High school student”, IN THE WHOLE PICTURE?

      May 14, 2013
      • Mike S #

        @ Gerrie

        Will is finding the correct information.. And you are still basing your opinions on an article that is factually flawed… One that has been repeated and rewritten with words and details added and omitted… Let me point out an example…

        You repeat:

        ““Wilmot mixed a household toilet cleaner with aluminum in an 8 oz. plastic bottle, causing the top to pop and some smoke to rise. The police report states that Wilmot was charged with two felonies at the behest of Glotfelty”???

        The above statement is completely inaccurate and complete nonsense.. The police report, which is available as a public record, DOES NOT STATE “that Wilmot was charged with two felonies at the behest of Glotfelty”…. It simply states that Kiera is “facing the possibility of two felony charges” according to the police report…

        There have been no formal charges actually placed.

        It’s amazing how websites like “newsone” which has a “blackworld” link in the upper right left corner of its banner take google ranking and twist the facts to accuse people of racism instead of seeing the actual problem…. They love to get a racial rise out of you all….

        The story below doesn’t omit the words “explode” or “hydrogen gas”… Why would the author of the article causing so much racial controversy leave out the word “explode” ? The top didn’t pop… The bottle blew up like a balloon and exploded when the plastic couldn’t stretch anymore.. I know because I made tons of these as a kid…. And unfortunately, what we would get a light lickin for 25 years ago, is a felony today… Why would the authors and bloggers of all these twisted variations of the story leave out those sensitive game changing words such as “explode” or “hydrogen gas”.. Or that it has a name… The Works Bomb…

        “”On Monday, April 29, honor student Kiera Wilmot was arrested for playing with chemicals on school grounds. After mixing aluminum foil and toilet cleaner in a small water bottle — a common prank called “The Works” bomb — the bottle exploded with a small pop and a bit of smoke, from the creation of hydrogen gas. According to the police report, Kiera is facing the possibility of two felony charges: “possession/discharge of a weapon on school grounds” and “discharging a destructive device.”She told officers that she was conducting a science experiment. We talked to her lawyer, Larry Hardaway, to get the latest on the case. This is a lightly edited version of our chat:

        Read more: http://www.businessinsider.com/kiera-wilmot-lawyer-hoping-to-prevent-felony-charges-from-being-filed-2013-5#ixzz2TKNzmcfA

        So PLEASE… I hope you read the article above…

        I will tell you one thing…. I can certainly agree with your statement…

        “INJUSTICE OF THE SYSTEM, against a High School Student”

        But I will strongly disagree that it was a matter or “racism”

        That’s just defeating… And away from “the big picture”

        Read “common sense” by Paine.. Written in 1776..”

        ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
        “Democracy is like two wolves and one lamb deciding on what to eat for dinner”
        ~Ben Franklin

        May 15, 2013
  62. Jerry #

    haha this thread is still alive and going strong!!!!

    I read a article today that stated she’s been cleared of charges.

    May 16, 2013
    • Gerrie #

      Did Jerry’s, May 16, 2013 comments,,,,, ” I read a article TODAY, that stated she’s been cleared of charges”,,, prove that,, she has been under CRIMINAL SCRUTINY all these time ??????

      Try to stick your “Justice system” up to your ass & see if you can whip your ass with it.
      Too bad,,, You can NOT deceive all the people, all of the time.

      May 17, 2013
      • Mike S #

        She wasnt cleared of charges… That would require someone to be charged… She was never charged in the first place.. It was more or less a scare, and the school and authorities determing the consequences…

        This article was complete bullshit, and the petition had no forebearing either way;

        Its was never about racism.. And I fought all who thought it was.. I confronted everyone who raised their arms screaming “racism, racism!” And its not a win for anti-racism.. Its a win for a 16 year old who made a poor choice at a sensitive time.. She was given consideration and the outcome was better than what the state was under an obligation, under law, to consider as consequence…

        Good for Kiera… Even better “in your face” to all that accused the prosecutor and judicial system for “charging” a girl that actually never had been charged… “Facing charges” does not mean charged…

        I hope the next time, people research the matter in more detail before throwing a race card out, and slandering the people on the side that had no choice but to uphold their duties…

        May 17, 2013
  63. Gerrie #

    HELLO,,, Do you understand English,,,,, READ THIS,,,,,

    ““On Monday, April 23, the Assistant State Attorney Tammy Glotfelty told the Barlow Police Department to charge 16-year-old high school honors student Kiera Wilmot with two felonies for conducting a botched science experiment” ???

    Why would the Assistant State Attorney Tammy Glotfelty order the Police to chrarge the students with out EVIDENCE she committed a CRIME ??????????????????????????

    May 18, 2013
  64. Jawan #

    There are really good points posted, but first off about the terrorist comments. When have you ever heard of an African American terrorist? She’s an honor student with goals im pretty sure she didn’t purposely attempt to blow her face off. I mean for it to be “a bomb” she was presenting everyone including her would suffer. I am shocked to hear grown ups make ignorant comments about this. And to be tried as an adult for something that wasn’t clearly a crime is insane. Yes 16 year olds can have a drivers license, but that doesn’t make them an adult. Can they apply for housing at 16? No because they are not adults. Why are they not adults? Because they still depend on their parents so drivers license shouldn’t be in classification of adulthood. Its not that hard to drive plus at 16 a drivers license isn’t a major responsibility as opposed to paying rent. As of racism? We don’t really know. All we know is that the decision she made is unfair in comparison of other cases. Yes they will drop charges once the media gets involved just like the Trayvon Martin case. Right now the justice system isn’t acting as their title states. There is clearly injustice and is not fair. Especially when you have people shooting up schools and movie theatres. They blame it on mental illness and you don’t hear about the prosecution again. Why can’t this case be dismissed and looked at as a young honor student who was trying to get a good grade in her science class and made a mistake on a science project. Grown people please wake up!

    June 2, 2013
    • Gerrie #

      For an honor student that can’t be accused of being a member of a gang group, the lynching-gangs need to come up with the new fashion to charge the student,,, “Terrorist”.

      Therefore, the accusation is NOT about the character of the student.
      It’s about the character of the lynching-gangs.

      June 3, 2013

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