Florida 16-Year-Old Charged with Felony for 'Science Experiment'
Black Enterprise Magazine July/August 2018 Issue

be newsA 16-year-old girl in Lakeland, Florida was arrested and charged with two felonies for what she described as a “science experiment” gone wrong, Huffington Post reports.

Kiera Wilmot, a Bartow High School student, allegedly detonated a water bottle filled with a concoction of common household chemicals  – toilet bowl cleaner and aluminum foil.

The experiment created a small explosion that caused the bottle’s top to pop off and smoke. But no one was hurt and no property was damaged. Wilmot was charged with possession/discharge of a weapon on school property and discharging a destructive device.

Some writers have insinuated that Wilmot would not have been charged if she had been white and not black.

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Makkada B. Selah is a journalist based in New York City.


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