A chemistry-loving, cello-playing honor student was expelled and charged with two felonies for her science project. Kiera Wilmot wanted to demonstrate a chemical reaction simulating a volcanic eruption. The Florida girl was charged with bringing an explosive device to school and discharging it.
She is a good kid,” said Bartow High School principal Ron Pritchard. “She has never been in trouble before. Ever.”
Kiera was sent to an “opportunity center” with easy classes and no homework, she wrote in the Huffington Post.
Prosecutors dropped the charges, but it will take five years to clear her record. That could interfere with her dreams of earning a degree “in technology design and engineering.” She wants “a career building robots that can do tasks like surgeries or driving cars.”
Opposition to “zero tolerance” policies continues to grow, reports Reason. The School Discipline Consensus Report by the Council of State Governments Justice Center recommends scaling back suspensions and expulsions “handed down by school administrators over minor and even accidental rule infractions.”