Because freedom can't protect itself
Good thing she isn't of middle eastern decent otherwise this would be breaking news of a terrorist who had ties to the Boston marathon bombers
Yes - well that figures. I can bet she was a minority and if so - she already lost! The police will do ANYTHING they can to inhibit the education and growth of minorities. I know a police office that if he caught a white kid with marijuana he would write him a ticket for simple possession. If it was a black kid he would PROUDLY arrest him for felony distribution. This sort of stuff happens every where in this country thousands of times per day.This particular police officer bragged to his buddies how he arrested the star quarterback and straight A student council leader who was on a great track to an engineering degree and ruined his chances of meaningful employment in the future.
It's Polk County. I wouldn't expect anything else. The sheriff creates crimes so he can get his name in the papers and on television. I lived in the county next to Polk for 18 years and wouldn't spend a dime there as long as he was sheriff.
You know, the way they word this makes it seem like she was innocent. Upon further thought though, I wonder why she would have tried an experiment on school property in the first place without being in a classroom. She did not have a science project assigned, nor did any of her teachers know anything about her doing an experiment. 7am is before school even starts. This girl had to have done research on what household products to mix, and brought them all to school herself, which means 1) she pre-planned doing this at school and 2) it makes me wonder what she was trying to accomplish by doing it at school to begin with. She did not have permission from the school, it was before school started but on school grounds, she was not in a classroom under adult supervision, none of her teachers knew she was doing this, her own mother didn't even have a clue, and she had no reason for doing it such as a science project. The article they are encouraging people to click on is trying to make it a "race" issue because she's black, when the reality is that she broke several school rules and deserves expulsion. If it was a white boy who did this, you'd never hear about it. There would never be a petition to drop charges. You know why? Because they would automatically look at him as a hoodlem teen causing trouble on school property and send him straight to juvenile detention w/out batting an eye. And OK, maybe the girl had no intentions of hurting anyone, BUT it's clear that she was pushing the rules by making a homemade explosive device. I don't care what color she is, she had no business doing that. Not to mention, think of what would have happened if someone HAD gotten hurt?? Then what?? You can't just say "well nobody got hurt this time" and have no type of formal reprimand, because someone else could come along, do the SAME thing, hurt someone, and then what? I'm personally glad to see a school step up and take the initiative to keep their students and staff SAFE, whether it was meant for harm or not, it's way too close to the Boston Marathon bombings which were also "homemade bombs". As I recall, three people died and hundreds were injured, so why should this girl get off scott-free just because she "didn't hurt anybody this time" or "made a bad choice"?? It's not like she's 9 or 10. She's 16 and I'm sure she's very much aware of the rules and very much aware of the fact that it was not OK. That's probably why she didn't tell anybody, including her mother, and did it before school even started. She was trying to break the rules and see how far she could push w/out reprimand. Should the Boston Marathon bombers have gotten off scott-free if nobody died or was injured? Hell NO! The fact is that, despite what color a person is, rules are set in place for people to have and respect boundaries. Clearly she did not respect the boundaries set in place for her safety or the safety of others. If she's so smart and such a noteworthy student, then you would think she'd have the brains to know better. And of course, now they are screaming "because she's black!" well guess what? It has nothing to do with her race people. Get over it. It's because she broke specific rules and endangered herself and others by a VERY stupid act. I think it's fabulous that she is being reprimanded, maybe it will make other crazy teenagers think twice before doing stupid acts like this!!!!!!
Teens are known for their lack of judgement. While some may have the book smarts, that does not very often translate into other kind of smarts. This is a known and true thing. Worthy of being expelled? Perhaps. That was up to the school to interpret their code in that way.
Worthy of having the protection and rights as a minor being waived and arrested and charged as an adult with specious looking felonies? No, not really. Other people can bring race into it, if they want to. I simply want answers as to why the response was so heavy handed, especially when the law does not warrant it.
Others think the reasons are due to race and gender and the school-to-prison pipeline that is in operation in Polk County and all over this nation. That is also a true and real thing.
If you think that what Kiera did was "too soon" and "too close" to the Boston Bombings and therefore the actions taken by the prosecutor are ok and just and fair: then the terrorists have already won.
You are saying that if Kiera had done her experiment a week earlier, she might have still gotten expelled, but never would she have been charged as an adult with felonies and arrested. Or even if she was arrested, she would still be considered a minor, a child under the law. You are telling me that terrorists are dictating how we treat our children.
You are also telling me, that all of that is ok.
Well it isn't ok. I don't want to live in the America that lets terrorists decide that it is ok to criminalize our kids.
Hence the petitions. Hence people grasping at straws trying to understand the injustice that was meted out on Kiera. Hence the cries of racism. People are trying to find reasons for actions taken that just do not make any kind of sense.
I'm not saying those things are right either. What I'm saying is calm should have prevailed, not a kneejerk reaction to current events.
So I'm backing those petitions, and I'm backing all efforts to make sure that Kiera does not have her future stolen from her because the one person who should have had the wherewithall to set aside panic and fear, and who's job it actually is to conduct their business without those emotions, did not.
please fight for her right to not be made to attend a school for 'troubled youth' the quality of education there is already poor enough, she needs all the help she can get... to get the best education possible in already a county were ingnorance is a virtue... i grew up there...
What would be the prospect of finding a scholarship fund to send Kiera and her twin sister to a quality school where they could get a good education in math and science without being subjected to the unwholesome machinations of a toxic and dispiriting bureaucracy?
See also this discussion thread on the ISTE (International Society for Technology in Education) Forum calling for an organized response from STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) Educators:
Call for Response from STEM Educators: Sixteen-year old honor student, Kiera Wilmot, expelled, arrested and charged with a felony over a commonplace science project.
Her principal is a racist ASSH0LE.
When my son was in school, one of his best friends apparently became interested in making explosives -- not for any "sinister" reasons, but simply because he could. I found this out because the boy's mother was very upset and called me to request that I ask my son, who she believed to be level-headed and responsible, to discourage her son from doing this. I was pretty upset to learn that this was going on, and had a long talk with my son about physical dangers, legal dangers, social dangers, etc. etc. He didn't really see the problem. They were "small explosions," he wasn't building them ("just watching, mom"), and it wasn't his place to tell his friend what to do.
Worried that these kids were antisocial, or criminal, or any number of things, I went to a several people with my concerns. My father-in-law, a chemical engineer, told me that when he was a kid he went out to the woods and blew things up all the time. Not to worry. A good friend, an electrical engineer, had done the same. The head of a school system science and assessment departments said the same thing, as did a middle school science teacher. Each of these men is intelligent, all were good students, and all have advanced degrees from highly respected institutions. Each of them has a good job in which he is successful. All of them said bright boys like to blow things up, they had, and I shouldn't worry. The boys weren't disaffected or antisocial, just bright and curious boys. I thought they were a little cavalier about the dangers, but I was reassured that I wasn't dealing with suburban terrorists. Of course, that didn't stop me from threatening grounding for life and any number of other punishments if I heard of any further experiments of this sort. But, my friends were right -- both kids went on to excellent colleges, have master's degrees, and are now successfully employed model citizens. I'm grateful they still have all their fingers.
Apparently there is a long tradition of "bright kids blowing things up." Not for malicious reasons but out of curiosity. Doesn't mean we don't try to stop them, for all the reasons. But we should recognize that kids are kids, and channel their curiosity appropriately, not attempt to ruin their lives. Obviously the Polk County school system isn't interested in encouraging bright students, especially minority girls. Hopefully benefactors will make sure this young woman has every opportunity to succeed - she certainly can't count on her school system to help her.
Hey apparently it is a crime. Is the ACLU going to take on this?
My Jr. high science teacher was one of the best teachers I ever had - a real inspiration to the kids in the natural sciences. Before I was in his class he used to do a demonstration of making nitroglycerine. He'd make a couple of small drops of it, put them on a marble slab and hit them with a hammer - great BANG! - classroom pandemonium - utter delight and amazement from the kids, and he had their full attention. He quit doing the demonstration when he made a little too much one time and the hammer flew out of his hand and stuck in the ceiling! He'd still take the kids outside and throw a lump of metalic sodium into a bowl of water. The sodium would fizz and get hot, releasing a column of hydrogen gas which eventually ignited with a big bang, to the delight of the students, and few of us forgot his accompanying scientific explanation of the chemical reaction which took place.
When I was in Jr. high and high school in the 1950s we could buy just about any chemicals or chemical equipment from either the local college, a drug store, a photography store, a hardware store, or any one of several other places in town. I was a chemistry major. Back then, as well, kids had what were called "chemistry sets" which came with lots of chemicals and equipment, some of it, such as potassium nitrate, are now probably considered "banned" substances. What the chemistry sets didn't provide, we could usually buy elsewhere in town. My friends and I used to make all kinds of stuff, such as thermite, gunpowder, nitrogen tri-iodide (great fun to sprinkle on the gym floor at a dance!), gaseous chlorine, etc. We wouldn't have been rash enough to make explosions or set off smoke bombs in the school yard, but there were plenty of vacant lots around town, and some of us lived in the country.
Kiera didn't do this "experiment" out of the blue. She'd been asked to make a simulated volcano and told that using baking soda and vinegar was 5th grade stuff, so she was looking for something a bit more dramatic, and was on the way to get approval for the chemical reaction from her teacher on the day of the incident. Indeed, "more dramatic" is what she got, probably more than she intended, but in this regard, her experiment is a complete success. If the subject under study was volcanos, she must certainly have learned a bit about them; volcanos are unpredictable and have a tendency to go off with a bang!
So Kiera is really quite innocent, and as far as I can see, made no mistakes, other than perhaps knowing less about the chemical reaction she was producing than perhaps she might have, but I've been there and done that at about the same age. Her biggest crime was being young, black and female in a state that does its best to disenfranchise black voters and marginalize its black citizens altogether. Three cheers for the ACLU and others who have come to her defense!
First of all the article never mentions if the science experiment was incorporated into the schools curriculum in any way. For all we know she learned about this chemical reaction from a chemistry class that she was currently taking at the school. I would really like to know more details. I sometimes find that with these articles a lot of the time you only get partial truths. Since were talking about science here did you know that the part of the brain that allows us to make a rational decisions(the frontal lob) doesn't completely develop until the age of twenty. So who's really to blame here. A sixteen year old girl wouldn't realize the consequences from a science experiment that was most likely taught to her by one of her teachers.Obviously someone with a background in chemistry taught her how to perform this experiment, yet their not getting in any kind of trouble for their role in the situation. I guarantee it was someone at the school. Here's just another example of how U.S. law enforcement is destroying the lives of young adults in this country based on these no tolerance policies everyone seems to have now . I don't understand these no tolerance policies at all. Just because some kid shoots up their school ten years ago it gives law enforcement the right to crucify kids for something as stupid as bringing a box of matches to school. Two felony's for a science experiment, meanwhile their are still serial killers running around butchering people. This is a perfect example of why I personally HATE law enforcement in this twisted little country of ours. Equality, please............spare me! Iv met people that have done jail time for class A misdemeanors, but If someone has enough cash they can get away with murder. This is a country built on greed and corruption. And deep down inside everyone knows it! They just don't want to admit it because they like it and they don't want the resulting benefits to come to an end. Oh and for the record I'm white male.
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