Kiera Wilmot Speaks Out On Science Experiment Arrest, Aftermath
After making headlines across the country, Kiera Wilmot has spoken out on her harrowing ordeal.
As previously reported, an ill-advised science experiment landed Wilmot – a good student with a clean record – arrested, expelled, and facing felony charges.
After the harsh punishment sparked outrage and petitions, the charges were dropped.
Kiera describes her frightening experience, as well as the good and bad that came out of it.
They didn’t read me any rights. They arrested me after sitting in the office for a couple minutes. They handcuffed me. It cut my wrist, and really hurt sitting on my hands behind my back.
They took me to a juvenile assessment center. I was sitting in this room with no clock so it felt like years of me sitting there. When my mom came, she didn’t say anything. She just had this really disappointed look, and told me I lost privileges. But she’s really been supportive of me. I don’t know what would have happened if I didn’t have my mom. I would have dug a hole and sat there for the rest of my life.
A couple good things have come out of this. Someone heard about what happened to me and gave me a scholarship to space camp. I’m super stoked about space camp with Mr. Hickam this summer! There’s a zero-gravity tank I can’t wait to try! But it’s been pretty rough for my sister. Recently she was hit in the face by a girl. It’s been hard because we usually do everything together. I’m getting all the attention and scholarships and she feels left out.
Right now I’m at Bill Duncan Opportunity Center, which is for students who were kicked out of school. People are teasing me and calling me a terrorist. And the school is actually quite easy. I’m not getting the challenge that I used to have. I don’t have homework. There is no German class and there is no orchestra. I probably couldn’t even bring my cello because I was told the students would steal it.
I was very happy about everyone signing petitions. I think a lot of people have supported me because I’m so young and everybody makes mistakes.
We are so proud of this young lady for speaking out, and staying strong throughout an incredibly difficult experience.
Best of luck in all of your future endeavors, Kiera!
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