A 16-year-old student from Florida’s Bartow High School will be tried as an adult on two felony charges after conducting a “work bomb” science experiment on campus.
Gawker reports student Kiera Wilmot was mixing household chemicals in a plastic bottle on school grounds when the experiment went south, causing the top of the bottle to fly off and smoke to billow. No damage was caused and no injuries were sustained.
Kiera told police that she was doing a science experiment, but her teacher told police she didn’t assign such a project. While the school principal Ron Pritchard has Kiera’s back, claiming she’s a “good kid,” she was expelled nonetheless, and will be forced to complete her diploma through an expulsion program. The local school district released a statement saying it had no choice but to uphold its code of conduct rules. Kiera was charged with possession/discharge of a weapon on school grounds and discharging a destructive device.