News that a Black child was suspended for staring at a White classmate highlights an age-old debate about race, as well as the underlying notion of discrimination in schools when it comes to non-White students.

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Kiera Wilmot was arrested for felony charges involving a science experiment gone wrong at school. Despite her impeccable school record, she was arrested and released pending charges from the prosecutor’s office. After immense pressure from some national media, including NewsOne, the public, and concerned citizens, the prosecutors decided to drop the charges against her. Finally […]


Florida teen Kiera Wilmot, 16, deserved some good news after being the target of a racist legal system, arrested and expelled for causing a small explosion during a science experiment. And she received it in the form of an unexpected scholarship to attend the United States Advanced Space Academy (ASA) from former NASA engineer Homer […]

After educators, scientists and concerned people on social media spoke out in support of Kiera Wilmot, 16,  the student at Florida’s Bartow High School who caused a small explosion inside of a water bottle and faced felony charges, the State Attorney’s Office announced this afternoon that she will not be prosecuted, reports The Orlando Sentinel. […]

Assistant State Attorney Tammy Glotfelty, who advised Officer Gregory Rhoden to charge 16-year-old Kiera Wilmot with a felony, has some explaining to do. Just days after doling out a stiff charge for Kiera, Glotfelty decided not to bring any charges against White 13-year-old Taylor Richardson, who mistakenly killed his younger brother with a BB gun, […]

Should a science project gone awry lead to a teenage girl getting arrested, subjected to a mug shot, and expelled from school? According to reports, for 16-year-old Kiera Wilmot, “It all started with a water bottle and a teenager’s curiosity.” And unfortunately, after Kiera mixed the contents of that small water bottle with some household chemicals, the “top […]