Ok, ok I get it. We are all understandably on edge because of the horrible Boston bombings and we are still reeling from what feels like constant attacks on our schools with premeditated, planned attacks that have changed the way we look at the world. Kids, LITERAL KIDS are getting their hands on semiautomatic weaponry and using them to get back at a world that has somehow, in their eyes, let them down or done them wrong. Malicious members of a disgruntled society are throwing hand grenades at cops and these actions are threatening the safety and peace of mind of each and every of us. It’s fucking ridiculous. It’s terrifying. I totally hear ya. It feels like the world has turned in to an action adventure movie but the leading man is Zach Galifianakis and he’s just not even being funny so we call in Tom Cruise for back up but he just stands there trying to fix things with his mind and you’re like WTF I asked for an action hero NOT a Scientologist and so all you can do is patiently wait for Scarlett Johansson to come in and fix things.
And so while we were waiting for Scarlett, 16 year old Kiera Wilmot went to school, mixed some common items that you would find in your house (toilet bowl cleaner and aluminum) in an 8oz water bottle, closed the bottle, the contents expanded, caused the lid to pop off and there was a little smoke. And so Kiera is put in handcuffs and charged with a felony crime- possession and discharge of a weapon on school grounds and discharging a destructive device. She is reportedly going to be tried as an adult.
Sounds reasonable. Oh wait, what? You sure about that? What’s that you ask? Was anyone hurt? No. Was it just a science experiment? She says yes, and her principal agrees.
Quoted from the Miami News report:
“She made a bad choice. Honestly, I don’t think she meant to ever hurt anyone,” principal Ron Pritchard told the station. “She wanted to see what would happen [when the chemicals mixed] and was shocked by what it did. Her mother is shocked, too.”
So why was this girl arrested? Overreact much Bart High School? Nope, they say that kids need to learn that “there are consequences to their actions.” And even though the principal agreed that she made a bad choice and did not mean to hurt anyone she had to be expelled because there are rules. She was to be made an example of.
If you get good grades and try a science experiment and you are a young black woman we will not only expel you but also have you charged with a felony and tried as an adult. OH, sorry I typed what I was thinking again. My mistake. I’m sure the color of Kiera’s skin had nothing to do with the severity of her punishment. And while I absolutely agree that there should be consequences to actions and we need to work much harder at keeping our schools safe, I think that the reaction to this alleged crime was unnecessarily severe. But that’s just my opinion.
Here is the official police report.
What do you guys think? Is this a reasonable response by Bart High School and law enforcement? Are there any scientists who at one time or another did NOT explode something in science class? Is this the way to prevent future violence in schools or just a way to prevent future scientists? Could racism have played a role in the severity of the punishment? Do you think Kiera knew she was doing something wrong or had any intent to cause harm? Does any of this matter, because rules must be enforced?
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