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(Florida) Teen Girl Expelled, Charged With a Felony After Science Experiment Goes Awry
Yahoo News ^ | May 2, 2013

Posted on 05/02/2013 9:48:34 AM PDT by Zakeet

Science experiments don't always go the way they are intended. This, a 16-year-old Florida teenager knows all too well.

This week, Kiera Wilmot went to school and mixed some household chemicals in a tiny 8-ounce water bottle. It looked like a simple chemistry project but then the top popped off when a small explosion occurred.

Wilmot, who is in good standing as a student, said it was an accident. The Bartow High School principal told a local television station that the teen made a “bad choice” and called her a a good kid who has never previously been in trouble.

“Honestly, I don't think she meant to ever hurt anyone,” Principal Ron Pritchard told a Tampa Bay television station. “She wanted to see what would happen [when the chemicals mixed] and was shocked by what it did. Her mother is shocked too.”

In another era, Wilmot may have gotten scolded and sent back to class. But in this age of zero-tolerance policies, Wilmot is in deep trouble. She was arrested on Monday morning after the incident and charged with possession and discharge of a weapon on school property and discharging a destructive device.

In turn, she was expelled and will finish her high school years in an expulsion program.

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TOPICS: Culture/Society; News/Current Events; US: Florida
KEYWORDS: chemistry; highschool; science; zerotolerance
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To: Boogieman

Possibly. They could be trying to smooth things over.


51 posted on 05/02/2013 11:14:37 AM PDT by virgil
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To: Zakeet

The teacher is responsible for what is going on in their class, not the students. It is the teacher who should be expelled. My favorite project in chemistry was contact explosives and stink bombs.

Punishing kids for curiosity is stupid. Making supervised children more accountable than the supervising adult is criminal.


52 posted on 05/02/2013 11:15:23 AM PDT by American in Israel (A wise man's heart directs him to the right, but the foolish mans heart directs him toward the left.)
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To: Zakeet

Aluminum is the accelerate of choice for many explosive mixtures... Toilet bowel cleaner. IIRC, one more ingredient and she made a small but very real bomb.

From what I’ve read she “experimented” with this on her own. This was in no way a school assignment or even science fair project.

We had one “nerd” in my Middle School that was setting off smoke bombs in empty locker on timers. The third time he got his mixture off and blew six locker to pieces. Had it happened 30 seconds later after the class change bell there would have been several students injured or killed.


53 posted on 05/02/2013 11:17:01 AM PDT by El Laton Caliente (NRA Life Member & www.Gunsnet.net Moderator)
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To: Izzy Dunne
Ammonium nitrate and water? well, that's a little more ambitious.

That's endothermic.

www.youtube.com/watch?v=G3S4YvhhAic

54 posted on 05/02/2013 11:20:17 AM PDT by cynwoody
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To: Zakeet

Reminds me of a line from one of my favorite movies...

A few household chemicals in the proper proportions.


55 posted on 05/02/2013 11:37:23 AM PDT by schurmann
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To: Elderberry

The recipe that I’ve always seen uses the bowl cleaner with HCl, which also reacts with the aluminum to release hydrogen. Maybe it works with different kinds of cleaners, but from my experience, it only ever worked with the HCl cleaners.


56 posted on 05/02/2013 11:56:08 AM PDT by Boogieman
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To: Texas Fossil

Diet Coke & Mentos


57 posted on 05/02/2013 11:56:33 AM PDT by atomic_dog
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To: Boogieman

I didn’t know that! I had used Sodium Hydroxide and aluminum in the past to generate hydrogen for balloons.


58 posted on 05/02/2013 12:07:22 PM PDT by Elderberry
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To: Zakeet
...she mixed toilet bowl cleaner and pieces of aluminum foil in a tiny water bottle.

The reaction will release hydrogen gas but unless there is an ignition source there is no "explosion". The gas pressure just pops the cap. Some more destructive kids use a 2 liter bottle and more of the reactants, these can be dangerous as the bottle ruptures quite vigorously. If it was picked up by a bystander thinking it was trash the flying debris could cause eye injuries and/or caustic burns.

Some toilet bowl cleaners contain hydrochloric acid which will react with aluminum as does lye (sodium hydroxide) which is found in drain cleaners like Draino and Red Devil Lye, neither one of which you would want to splash in your face!

What she did was hardly threatening and to charge her with a felony is ridiculous overreaction.

Regards,
GtG

59 posted on 05/02/2013 12:09:09 PM PDT by Gandalf_The_Gray (I live in my own little world, I like it 'cuz they know me here.)
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To: Boogieman
"If it’s true, as someone else posted, that she used toilet bowl cleaner and balls of aluminum foil, then it is no accident."

You haven't seen so much as news of any good evidence or testimony that it wasn't an accident. And the news media are often hysterical and incorrect.

"That is a well-known recipe for a crude homemade bomb, available all over the internet."

It's not well known, because most people aren't interested.

"Nobody accidentally combines those two things on a lark."

People combine all kinds of hazardous mixes without knowing what results will be.


60 posted on 05/02/2013 12:17:01 PM PDT by familyop (We Baby Boomers are croaking in an avalanche of rotten politics smelled around the planet.)
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To: Elderberry; Boogieman
"I didn’t know that! I had used Sodium Hydroxide and aluminum in the past to generate hydrogen for balloons."

The posted article said that "the top popped off when a small explosion occurred." "8-ounce water bottle," and making a safe assumption that it was plastic? Was there any spark near it? I'd be much more concerned about a lead-acid battery.

Anyone driving a car is trying to blow people up! And we know that any explosion caused by a car battery would be no accident! Car battery blows up, go to jail! ;-)


61 posted on 05/02/2013 12:33:51 PM PDT by familyop (We Baby Boomers are croaking in an avalanche of rotten politics smelled around the planet.)
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To: familyop

“You haven’t seen so much as news of any good evidence or testimony that it wasn’t an accident. And the news media are often hysterical and incorrect.”

Hence why I prefaced the comment with “if it’s true”.

“It’s not well known, because most people aren’t interested.”

It’s well known, just not to you, but it is certainly well known. I’m sure I could ask 10 leftie college students what a “drano bomb” was, and at least 3-4 of them would know. I’d say that is “well known”.

“People combine all kinds of hazardous mixes without knowing what results will be.”

Sure, but they don’t follow the exact recipe and steps contained in popular bomb-making manuals, unless they are trying to follow the instructions to make a bomb.


62 posted on 05/02/2013 1:00:40 PM PDT by Boogieman
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To: Burkean
The experiment was conducted in a school yard away from the building and away from students. No one was injured in the incident.

That detail is from Fox News.

NOT in the classroom. Not under teacher supervision.

I'm sorry. I can see the school's point of view on this one.

63 posted on 05/02/2013 1:05:20 PM PDT by Alex in chains
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To: Boogieman
"It’s well known, just not to you, but it is certainly well known."

"...just not to" me? So you've been omnipresent for a long time, too. Very interesting.

" I’m sure I could ask 10 leftie college students what a 'drano bomb' was, and at least 3-4 of them would know. I’d say that is 'well known'."

Impressive assumption and sample.


64 posted on 05/02/2013 1:45:05 PM PDT by familyop (We Baby Boomers are croaking in an avalanche of rotten politics smelled around the planet.)
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To: Elderberry
Yep, a ban on all expanding/exploding experiments. Volcanoes were specifically mentioned.

“Where will that lead to next?”

If the barbarians don't destroy civilization first, it will eventually lead to people being enclosed in “bubbles” and only interacting with each other in a completely realistic virtual world. All the “real world” tasks would be performed by robots while humans reside in “the matrix”, a virtual utopia with no consequences and infinite "lives".

65 posted on 05/02/2013 2:04:47 PM PDT by varyouga
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To: familyop

“So you’ve been omnipresent for a long time, too. Very interesting.”

I don’t need to be omnipresent to know if something is “well known”.


66 posted on 05/02/2013 2:14:24 PM PDT by Boogieman
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To: Red Badger
Public School is to education what a Public restroom is to hygiene...........

That is a perfect analogy.

67 posted on 05/02/2013 9:52:36 PM PDT by Ronaldus Magnus
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