How come Black Children don’t get THE BENEFIT OF THE DOUBT?

Hat tip-Miranda at POU

Maybe it’s the cynic in me, but I just doubt this would be happening to this young woman if she were WHITE. The thought that these people are actively destroying this young life just bothers me. You check out the story and tell me if I’m overreacting. Where the hell is the ‘judgment calls’ from the ADULTS in this situation? From the grown folks that went to school, and education to become Administrators. What the hell good are Administrators if their judgment is THIS?

THIS HAS BEEN UPDATED: SEE INSIDE.

Teen arrested, expelled for ‘science project gone bad’

1:49 PM, Apr 24, 2013

BARTOW, Fla. – No one ever expected to see a mug shot from 16-year-old Kiera Wilmot.

The teenager is known among staff for her exemplary record at Bartow High School and her status as a good student.

“She is a good kid,” said principal Ron Pritchard. “She has never been in trouble before. Ever.”

All of that changed on Monday morning.

The teen is accused of mixing household chemicals in a tiny 8-ounce water bottle, causing the top to pop off, followed by billowing smoke in an small explosion.

Wilmot’s friends and classmates said it was “a science project gone bad, that she never meant to hurt anyone.”

Even the teen’s principal said, “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. Her mother is shocked too.”

The explosion happened around 7 a.m. Monday morning on school property, and no one was hurt. Staff, along with the school resource officer, acted quickly.

The principal told WTSP in Tampa, “She told us everything and was very honest. She didn’t run or try to hide the truth. We had a long conversation with her.”
So, was this curiosity? Was it a science project gone wrong or a true bomb plot? Those who know the teen insist that this was nothing sinister.

“She just wanted to see what happened to those chemicals in the bottle,” one teen said. “Now, look what happened.”

Wilmot was arrested Monday morning and charged with possession/discharge of a weapon on school property and discharging a destructive device.

 

The teen was expelled and will now complete her education in an expulsion program.

Chelsey Turner, a student, weighed in. “I don’t think she’s that type of person. She wouldn’t hurt anyone.”

“I heard she didn’t want to hurt anyone at all,” said another student, Dynequa Price. “It was a science project.”

School officials are urging parents to have an open and honest conversation with kids about playing around or pulling pranks on school property.

Polk County Schools released this statement today:

“Anytime a student makes a bad choice it is disappointing to us. Unfortunately, the incident that occurred at Bartow High School yesterday was a serious breach of conduct. In order to maintain a safe and orderly learning environment, we simply must uphold our code of conduct rules. We urge our parents to join us in conveying the message that there are consequences to actions. We will not compromise the safety and security of our students and staff.”

Wilmot has a twin sister who also attends school at Bartow High. We asked one student how the teen’s sibling reacted to the news about the arrest. “Someone asked her about it in class and she started crying and ran out.”

When WTSP approached the front door at the family’s home, the voice of a teen girl yelled out, “You’ve blown everything out of proportion!”

WTSP offered the family a chance to make a statement, and relatives declined.

Please watch the video at the link: http://www.firstcoastnews.com/video/default.aspx?bctid=2324791959001

this is absolutely ridiculous.
ridiculous.
ruining this baby’s life for WHAT?

Remember the pics that I posted from the WHITE HOUSE SCIENCE FAIR?

Do you think those children got their experiments right the first time?

NO.

This young woman has curiosity that involves science. She should be ENCOURAGED..

Not made into a criminal.

When did being YOUNG, GIFTED AND BLACK BECOME A CRIMINAL OFFENSE?

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Black Girls & The School-to-Prison Pipeline: Kiera Wilmot’s Story & How To Help…

For those who want to speak up and take action to rectify this outrage. You can do a few concrete things:

1. Someone has launched a petition demanding that charges be dropped against Kiera and that she be re-instated at her school. You can sign here.

2. You can contact FL State Attorney Jerry Hill and tell him not to prosecute 16 year old Kiera Wilmot as an adult. Call him at 863-534-4800 or email his office here.

I personally called the office this afternoon and spoke to a woman who said that the case is still under investigation and that the office would have no comments at this time. I let them know that the entire country is watching to see what they will do. I expressed my outrage that they would consider charging her with felonies and as an adult.

3. You can also call the school district’s Superintendent: Dr. John Stewart –(863) 534-0521 to ask that he intervene on Kiera’s behalf and ask law enforcement to drop the charges. Ask him to re-instate Kiera in school.

4. To learn more about the increasing criminalization of black girls at school, read Monique Morris report.

5. You should also read Sesali Bowen’s blog post published at Feministing today that addresses this incident & raises important points about the criminalization of youth in schools.

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20 Responses to How come Black Children don’t get THE BENEFIT OF THE DOUBT?

  1. rikyrah says:

    Mad Science or School-to-Prison? Criminalizing Black Girls

    By Sikivu Hutchinson

    High stakes test question: A female science student conducts an experiment with chemicals that explodes in a classroom, causes no damage and no injuries. Who gets to be the adventurous teenage genius mad scientist and who gets to be the criminal led away in handcuffs facing two felonies to juvenile hall? If you’re a white girl check Box A, if you’re an intellectually curious black girl with good grades check Box B. When 16 year-old Kiera Wilmot was arrested and expelled from Bartow high school in Florida for a science experiment gone awry it exemplified a long American-as-apple pie tradition of criminalizing black girls. In many American classrooms black children are treated like ticking time bomb savages, shoved into special education classes, disproportionately suspended and expelled then warehoused in opportunity schools, juvenile jails and adult prisons. Yet, while national discourse on the connection between school discipline and mass incarceration typically focuses on black males, black girls are suspended more than boys of every other ethnicity (except black males). At a Georgia elementary school in 2012 a six year-old African American girl was handcuffed by the police after throwing a tantrum in the principal’s office. Handcuffing disruptive black elementary school students is not uncommon. It is perhaps the most extreme example of black children’s initiation into what has been characterized as the school-to-prison pipeline, or, more accurately, the cradle to grave pipeline. Stereotypes about dysfunctional violent black children ensure that the myth of white children’s relative innocence is preserved.

    Nationwide, black children spend more time in the dean’s office, more time being opportunity transferred to other campuses and more time cycling in and out of juvenile detention facilities than children of other ethnicities. Conservatives love to attribute this to poverty, broken homes, and the kind of Bell Curve dysfunction that demonizes “welfare queens” who pop out too many babies. Yet there is no compelling evidence that socioeconomic differences play a decisive role in these disparities. The fact remains that black children are criminalized by racist discipline policies regardless of whether they’re privileged “Cosby kids” or are in foster care or homeless shelters. According to Daniel Losen and Russell Skiba, authors of the Southern Poverty Law Center’s “Suspended Education” report, “ethnic and racial disproportionately in discipline persists even when poverty and other demographic factors are controlled

    http://blackfemlens.blogspot.com/2013/05/mad-science-or-school-to-prison.html

  2. rikyrah says:

    Bartow Senior High School Enrollment Characteristics

    Bartow Senior High School enrollment characteristics by grade, race & ethnicity. Bartow Senior High School Teacher/Student ratio and more.

    http://florida.webschoolpro.com/bartow-senior-high-school_FL000530901/school-enrollment-characteristics.html

  3. rikyrah says:

    Scientists Back Kiera Wilmot by Tweeting About All the Stuff They’ve Blown Up

    By Tim Elfrink
    Thu., May 2 2013 at 8:30 AM

    As the tale of Kiera Wilmot — the Bartow, Florida student expelled and charged with two felonies over a science project gone wrong — went viral yesterday, a wide movement to support the 16-year-old blossomed from blogs to radio shows to Change.org petitions. Best of all, though, has been a Twitter campaign by scientists and science fans with a simple premise: writing about the craziest stuff they’ve blown up over the years, all in the name of science.

    The difference, of course, is that they were congratulated on their curiosity or slapped on the wrist, not hit with life-altering felonies.

    Wilmot was booted from school and criminally charged last week after mixing toilet bowl cleaner and aluminum foil in a plastic bottle on school grounds, despite the fact that no one was hurt and she told her principal she was conducting a “science fair experiment.”

    The details of the case have led to an outcry from science educators, particularly because Wilmot was apparently a good student with a good behavior record and because she’s a young black woman — a demographic severely underrepresented in the science world.

    The campaign to support her may well have started with an eloquently furious blog from DNLee, a biologist who writes for Scientific American. She writes about the race aspects of Wilmot’s case and then notes another important fact: Anyone with any scientific curiosity has had some experiments go wrong.

    I can’t name a single scientist or engineer, who hadn’t blown up, ripped apart, disassembled something at home or otherwise cause a big ruckus at school all in the name of curiosity, myself included. Science is not a clean. It is very messy and it is riddled with mistakes and mishaps.

    Andrew Thaler, a deep-sea biologist in North Carolina who writes as “Southern Fried Scientist,” then challenged his Twitter followers to share tales of their own mishaps that went unpunished, with a #KieraWilmot tag.

    http://blogs.miaminewtimes.com/riptide/2013/05/scientists_back_kiera_wilmot_b.php

  4. Ametia says:

    Don’t Charge Florida Girl with Felony for Science Experiment!

    Like all young women, sixteen-year old Kiera Wilmot was curious. Like all teenagers in America, she was taught to think creatively. So why has she been permanently expelled from Bartow High School and facing felony charges for conducting an impromptu science experiment?

    Wilmot was curious about how two common household products — toilet bowl cleaner and aluminum foil — would react, so she mixed them together in a water bottle. To her surprise and everyone else’s, these seemingly harmless, grocery store items caused a small explosion. However, no one was hurt and no school property was damaged.

    Certainly, Wilmot made a mistake. But the penalty her school has imposed is far too harsh. She is currently facing the felony charges of discharging a weapon and will have to stand trial as an adult. Additionally, she has been permanently expelled from her high school.

    Please ask Polk County School District to drop the felony charges against this student

    http://www.thepetitionsite.com/470/521/437/dont-charge-florida-girl-with-felony-for-science-experiment/?z00m=20547901

  5. Ametia says:

    Thursday, May 2, 2013When STEM Goes Wrong: 16 Year Old High School Student Kiera Wilmot is Expelled For the Crime of Doing “Science While Black and Female”
    I do not often get involved in the cause of the week email blog meme hustle. But, this story about a 16 year old high school student named Kiera Wilmot, who was expelled because she made an “explosive device” in a failed science experiment before school, is just too much fuckery mess to be accepted.

    Please email, phone, write, and call Florida’s Polk Country School Board to get this matter reversed.

    Their general phone number is 863-534-0500. Please be polite, tell them why you are calling, and your concerns about what happened with young Ms. Wilmot. Because of privacy guidelines, they will not give you specific information. But, you can contact multiple people who are listed on the directory and share your thoughts about this case.

    http://wearerespectablenegroes.blogspot.com/2013/05/when-stem-goes-wrong-16-year-old-high.html

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    • Ametia says:

      Thanks, SG2. This segment was worth the 9 minutes to give any attention to Chris Hayes. We must stay vigilant and watch these shows, even if we have to hold our breath for a hot minute. Every now and then they drop us a CRUMB to keep us engaged. ya’ll know that’s how they roll. LOL

    • rikyrah says:

      thanks for this

  7. Ametia says:

    Rik, All In With Chris Hayes had on a Brotha who adddressed this travesty. I’ll get the clip for video press.

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  10. Reblogged this on Big Blue Dot Y'all and commented:
    Yes, lets punish curiousity and call her a Terrorist. This is unacceptable.

  11. rikyrah says:

    from the moment I read this story, I’ve been pissed off.

    NO WAY any White student would be treated this way

    • Ametia says:

      WTF; just WHAT.THE.FUCK? Yes; let’s expell that Negro child, lest we want another Boston Bombers.who.we.still.don’twant.toclaimtheirwhiteness.

    • leutisha says:

      No, the white kids would have been applauded for their scientific curiosity, or given the benefit of the doubt, like Kleibold and Harris when they shot up Columbine High School and themselves.

      • Ametia says:

        It’s the more of the school to prison pipeline for the negros! The adults need a good ass whooping for this foolishness.

    • jamalA says:

      This is pathetic BS started with Dr.Laura and suburban world I’m signing everything thats coming my way and sending financial support for her. You guys hit it right …”no effing benefit of doubt”… white kid s blow-up Pepsi and pill bomb’s on the regular everyone just smiles how inquisitive the little darlings are

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