A couple of weeks ago, we reported that Florida student Kiera Wilmot was not only suspended and faced expulsion from Bartow High School, she was facing adult, felony charges for possessing a weapon on school grounds and discharging a destructive device. Those destructive devices were a household cleaner and aluminum foil which Wilmot mixed together in a water bottle for a science project. She was arrested at school when the chemicals exploded.
Fortunately, yesterday the State Attorney’s office announced that the charges against Wilmot will be dropped.
Wilmot’s attorney, Larry Hardaway, says that Wilmot served a 10 day suspension and is now attending an alternative school.
Though the felony charges were dropped, there are still conditions Wilmot has to meet in order to clear her name.
The State Attorney’s office said that they extended Wilmot an “offer of diversion of prosecution” meaning she would be enrolled in a probationary-like program where she’ll perform community service or meet other requirements to avoid a criminal record.
There are no details about the agreement Wilmot was offered but Brian Haas, a spokesman for the state attorney, said that both Wilmot and her guardian signed the agreement.
Hardaway, the family attorney, said now he’s focused on ensuring that Wilmot isn’t expelled so she can return to Bartow High for the next school year.
The Polk County school district released a statement saying that would “take the State Attorney’s decision into consideration in determining what, if any, further disciplinary action is appropriate.”