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ESSENCE Poll: Did School Officials Overreact by Expelling Kiera Wilmot for Explosive Science Experiment?

Kiera Wilmot
Kiera Wilmot
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A Florida teen dubbed a "good kid" by classmates and principal is in hot water this week after she detonated a water bottle filled with a concoction of household chemicals on school grounds.

Kiera Wilmot, 16, is accused of mixing several household chemicals into an 8-oz bottle, causing the top to pop off and smoke to billow in a small explosion, reports local station, WTSP. Police arrested Wilmot at the school and led her away in handcuffs. She was taken to a juvenile assessment center and later charged with possession and discharging of a weapon on school grounds and discharging a destructive device. Both charges are felonies.

Wilmot was also expelled from school and will continue her education through an expulsion program. She told police that she was conducting a science experiment, though her teacher said she did not assign the project.

Students and staff have come to Wilmot's defense, pointing to her exemplary grades. "She made a bad choice. Honestly, I don't think she meant to ever hurt anyone," principal Ron Pritchard told WTSP. "She wanted to see what would happen [when the chemicals mixed] and was shocked by what it did."

The school district released a statement saying that they had to "uphold our code of conduct rules" in order "to maintain a safe and orderly learning environment."

Did the school district overreact or was Wilmot in the wrong? Share your thoughts and comments with us below.

Did school officials overreact by expelling Kiera Wilmot for her 'science project gone bad'?

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