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16-Year-Old Florida Honor Student Charged With Two Felonies For Doing A Science Experiment

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#1 Happy Panther

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Posted 03 May 2013 - 11:54 AM




No one was hurt by the "explosion," but later that day Wilmot was handcuffed, arrested, and expelled from school. According to the police report, she has been charged with two felonies: "possession/discharge of a weapon on school grounds" and "discharging a destructive device."




Laws and school rules like these are brutal and I hope that she gets off. But I have heard similar stories where an aggressive DA starts relating it to terrorism and wants to uphold the felony. 


I worry that my boys, who are angels, will do something that kids do and end up with a police record.

#2 Darth Biscuit

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Posted 03 May 2013 - 12:32 PM

Zero tolerance laws are stupid.

#3 thatlookseasy


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Posted 03 May 2013 - 02:18 PM

Wow I cant understand how the administrators of that school can live with themselves.  They are literally punishing this girl for taking the initiative to further her own education, pretty much the opposite of how the education system should work

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Posted 03 May 2013 - 02:51 PM

she should put this on her CV in an application to MIT

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Posted 04 May 2013 - 07:42 AM

Really weird to me how high school kids get slammed, cuffed, charged, and treated like terrorist more than terrorists do...man trying to ignite his shoe on a plane...fort hood, dark knight shooting....all seem to just sit in jail and wait for a trial instead of being charged with tons of stuff and treated like a horrible criminal.

#6 logic1977


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Posted 04 May 2013 - 03:22 PM

So she built a bomb at school and so ehow she's the victim? She was an a+ student per the article. She knew better

#7 Luke Cage

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Posted 04 May 2013 - 03:28 PM

So she built a bomb at school and so ehow she's the victim? She was an a+ student per the article. She knew better


LOL.  You are an idiot.  It doesn't surprise me this happened in Florida either.  That place is a dump and needs to fall into the ocean.  Few things are worse than being young and black in Florida.  I'm not sure how the school admins can allow exaggerated felony charges to be pinned on a promising young student, but I doubt they even actually care.  Just another statistic; just another hoodrat off the streets.  That's probably what they think. 


Zero tolerance laws are essentially designed to keep prisons filled with a steady influx of bodies (mostly underprivileged children) so that the overlords who run the prison system that was privatized by idiots masquerading as thinking men can keep making money hand over fist.


This has nothing to do with school safety.

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Posted 04 May 2013 - 04:51 PM

she deserved some kind of reprimand of some form for what she did, but the idea that she deserves what she got is insane.  way too big a punishment for the 'crime.'

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Posted 04 May 2013 - 06:53 PM

 Few things are worse than being young and black in Florida.


I grew up in Florida with tons of black friends who mostly all went on to college and are doing very well for themselves. Long time huddler Buddha Jones being one of them.


Maybe you are the idiot?

#10 stirs


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Posted 04 May 2013 - 07:51 PM

School Rules


#11 Kevin Greene

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Posted 05 May 2013 - 01:56 PM

I have a friend here in Cali who's teen son did the same thing as a prank in the courtyard at school.

Same expulsion and prosecution result. 


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Posted 05 May 2013 - 02:40 PM

Man thats harsh. I have destroyed my Halloween pumpkins with similar "bombs" through the years.
I guess I need to stop before my kids figure out how to do it and try it at school.

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Posted 05 May 2013 - 07:31 PM

She's well on her way to a very successful career in EOD...


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Posted 06 May 2013 - 07:19 AM

After reading the article, it sounds like an honor student version if "Hey Yall Watch This". Doing a science experiment on school grounds is iffy but this makes it more so:


The aluminum foil and drain cleaner reaction is a go-to science experiment. The problem seems to be that she wasn't doing the experiment under controlled safety conditions, as in class or with her teachers. In the police report, Wilmot claimed it was in preparation for the science fair, but supposedly the science teachers said there was no upcoming science fair, according to ABC Action News. And the experiment was also done on school grounds (it was outdoors).


If this is indeed the case, then there's really no excuse for doing it at school - someone could have been hurt and the school been liable for it. Think about it from an administration perspective and having to deal with other parents, maybe one or two whose kids got punished for doing this inside a building when the rules have no differentiation. Or they were white/hispanic/asian kids. It's probably about that more than an exploding soda bottle.

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Posted 06 May 2013 - 09:06 AM

Not a science fair.....not preparing for a science fair....not under teacher supervision in the chemistry lab.


This girl basically built a small bomb and set it off in the school courtyard.


Someone could have gotten seriously injured....she got what she deserved.

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