Wilmot science project


A 16-year-old girl has been expelled from  school and charged with two adult felonies for causing an explosion in a water  bottle.

Kiera Wilmot, described as a ‘good kid’ by  her high school principal, was mixing aluminum foil and toilet cleaner in the  bottle when it exploded before school on Monday morning.

The screw-top on the 8oz bottle blew off as  pressure built within the container.

She told the assistant principal, who found  her after hearing a bang, that she  ‘thought it would just cause some smoke’,  10 News reports.

She said she was not trying to hurt anyone or  disrupt the school and was conducting a science fair experiment.

But her science teacher said no such  experiment had been set for students and the assistant principal called  police.

When police arrived they handcuffed Wilmot  and charged her with possession or discharge of a weapon on school grounds and  discharging a destructive device.

‘She is a good kid,’ school principal Ron  Pritchard told 10  News.  ‘She has never been in trouble before. Ever.

‘She made a bad choice. Honestly, I don’t  think she meant to ever hurt anyone. She wanted to see what would happen [when  the chemicals mixed] and was shocked by what it did.’

School principal Ron Pritchard said Kiera Wilmot had 'made a bad choice' but was 'a good kid'
School principal Ron Pritchard said Kiera Wilmot had  ‘made a bad choice’ but was ‘a good kid’

Wilmot’s twin sister reportedly ran out of a  class crying when a fellow student asked her about the arrest.

She will now finish her high school  diploma  through an expulsion program after being expelled from Bartow  High School in  Polk County, Florida.

Expulsion is mandatory for any student found  with explosives or a bomb unless it forms part of a school activity, reports  the Miami New  Times.