Honor student charged with 2 felonies for making a volcano as science experiment

Kiera WilmotPolice State USA

BARTOW, FL — A 16-year-old girl was arrested and expelled from school after she demonstrating the traditional ‘erupting volcano’ in class as a science experiment.   Even a year later, she is still being haunted by the multiple felonies she was charged with.

Kiera Wilmot’s volcano was designed to demonstrate a chemical reaction simulating a volcanic eruption.  Inside her volcano prop, was an 8-ounce water bottle with some toilet bowl cleaner in it.  When the cleaner is exposed to aluminum, it creates an exothermic chemical reaction.  

Her experiment got her in serious trouble on April 29th, 2013.

“When I put the aluminum foil into the bottle, the lid popped off an a little bit of smoke climbed out of the bottle,” Kiera described.

No one was hurt. No damage was caused. No harm was done.

“The principal asked what was going on, and I told him it was just a little science experiment,” Kiera continued.  She was pulled out of class and led to the office by a school resource officer.

“They didn’t read me any rights,” Kiera said to the Huffington Post.  “They arrested me after sitting in the office for a couple minutes. They handcuffed me. It cut my wrist, and really hurt sitting on my hands behind my back.”

She was charged with possession/discharge of a weapon on school grounds, and discharging a destructive device, both felonies.

“She is a good kid,” said Bartow High School principal Ron Pritchard to WTSP. “She has never been in trouble before. Ever.”

Despite the principal conceding that it was obvious that Wilmot meant no harm, she was expelled anyway.   Wilmot was punished to send a message to other students that their zero tolerance policies were to be enforced, whether the situation makes sense or not.  As the school published in a press release:

“Anytime a student makes a bad choice it is disappointing to us. Unfortunately, the incident that occurred at Bartow High School yesterday was a serious breach of conduct. In order to maintain a safe and orderly learning environment, we simply must uphold our code of conduct rules. We urge our parents to join us in conveying the message that there are consequences to actions. We will not compromise the safety and security of our students and staff.”

The felonies she faced, if convicted, presented a prospect of years in prison and a jeopardized future.

Watch a video on Kiera’s situation here:

Although prosecutors eventually declined to pursue Kiera as a criminal, the charges themselves continue to taint Kiera’s record and impede her future success.

“All my charges have been dropped, but the lawyer says that it takes 5 years to clear each felony off the record,” Kiera said.

The Advancement Project is presenting Wilmot’s story as an example of what they call the “School-to-Prison Pipeline.”

Still unclear about how this incident will affect her future, Wilmot wants to be an engineer “building robots that can do tasks like surgeries or driving cars.”


13 thoughts on “Honor student charged with 2 felonies for making a volcano as science experiment

  1. All charges, misdemeanors, felonies, are never expunged from the record, even if dropped. The record is there forever.

  2. And to think I brought a knife to school every day of high school and college. Some practical jokers in high school chemistry were constantly causing eruptions and explosions in the Teachers coffee which he brewed in a beaker and some other glassware (care of the school’s science store room). One day a really distasteful prank was pulled on this poor teacher; they spiked his coffee with LSD. Needless to say he went home early. Nowhere in all these shenanigans did anybody go to jail nor were they accused of being terrorists. How far we’ve come.

  3. And in other news… a child inhales oxygen and exhales carbon dioxide, contributing to global warming…stands accused of terrorism. Will be detained under the NDAA. /sarcasm

  4. “Wilmot was punished to send a message to other students that their zero tolerance policies were to be enforced, whether the situation makes sense or not.”


    There’s only one type of educational tool I know of that can deal effectively with a moron mentality such as this.

    Louisville Slugger.

    1. Doesn’t the statement “Whether it makes sense or not” describe our current state of affairs regarding just about anything the government has there hands in? It would be foolhardy to try and repair the current system. We must “wipe the slate clean” and re-establish our country firmly adhering to our Bill of Rights and Constitution. All previous rulings void unless they conform.

      1. This is what bothers me the most, Millard. It came from the security guard/wheelchair student beating article, but not the one posted here on FTT. This came from one posted by freedom Outpost, and this info is not in the one here.

        “Some students at Oakland High School are coming to Mitchell’s defense by displaying signs that read “spitting is a crime” and “you provoked this.” The students also circulated a petition of support for the fired security guard.

        “We are pro-Mitch because the incident was not right. It was very disrespectful for the student to do that to him,” student Shaloei’o Luna said.”

        These kids are seriously brainwashed. Scary.

  5. “Wilmot was punished to send a message to other students that their zero tolerance policies were to be enforced, whether the situation makes sense or not.”

    I guess I can say the same thing about shooting the principal in the ass.

  6. The school system is a major factor in the ruin of this country. Parents that give their children away for 8 hrs. per day are to blame. There is absolutely no excuse for this. Grow up and take responsibility for your children.

  7. hell i was sent to alternative/reeducation school in high school for bringing a bbq grill starter (the single click pezo electric things) i brought it to science class and the idiot teachers pissed themselves saying it was a bomb ignitor..

    not the first time either. bring anything to school that they don’t know what it is and they immediately say it is a weapon or some dam thing..

    yea this pisses me off, because i have been through this shit..

    whatever you do, do not talk about Quantum Physics and harmonics to the science teachers. they will automatically think your talking about blowing up the school..

  8. I guess the only answer for folks with kids is good private/or home schooling,this insanity grows daily,will be a tipping point .

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