Gabby Douglas is Back in the Gym!

17 year-old Olympic champion Gabby Douglas is back in the gym training, after a whirlwind year of media appearances and projects.

She’ll be training in a gym in West Des Moines, Iowa with her coach Liang Chow.

They’re aiming for a return to competition next year.

14 Year-Old D’Asia Robinson Killed by Stray Bullet While Riding City Bus

14 year-old D’Asia Robinson was killed last Saturday after being shot in the head by a stray bullet while riding a city bus.

The NYC teenager and her friends were leaving a sweet 16 party, and on their way to another birthday, when a bullet came through the bus window.

Friends have created vigils for the slain young lady, and the tragedy has sparked renewed calls from community leaders and residents for an end to the senseless violence.

Former NASA Engineer Awards Kiera Wilmot Scholarship to Space Academy

More good news for Kiera Wilmot!

When news broke of the severe punishment facing Wilmot over a science experiment, she received widespread support from thousands of people across the country; including former NASA engineer Homer Hickam. 

Hickam’s famous memior – Rocket Boys – was turned into a film called October Sky, starring Jake Gyllenhaal. He can identify with Wilmot’s situation; he himself had the police called on him for a science experiment he conducted as a young man.

As a show of support, Hickman awarded Kiera a scholarship to attend the United States Advanced Space Academy (ASA), a branch of the famous Space Camp in Huntsville, Alabama!

Charges Dropped Against 16 Year-Old Kiera Wilmot for Science Experiment Gone Wrong

A few weeks ago we told you about Kiera Wilmot; a 16 year-old Florida high school student facing felony charges for a science experiment gone wrong on school grounds.

According to MSNBC News, the charges against Wilmot have officially been dropped.

Wilmot – widely considered an outstanding student with a clean record – was facing up to 5 years in prison.

A 16 Year-old Black Girl, The Criminalization Of Students, And The Push For STEM Studies

By Kim Moore

 

On Monday, April 22, 2013, Kiera Wilmot went to school and mixed “The Works” toilet bowl cleaner and aluminum foil in a water bottle she brought from home. The outcome was a small “explosion” causing the top of the bottle to pop off which resulted in no damage and no injury to anyone.

 

According to the police report, an officer was called to the school and Kiera was arrested and taken off campus to a Juvenile Assessment Center. The arresting officer contacted the Assistant State Attorney, Tammy Glotfelty, who instructed him to charge Kiera with possession/discharge of a weapon on school grounds and discharging a destructive device. Kiera has been expelled from school, will complete her diploma through an expulsion program and will ultimately be tried as an adult. But does the punishment fit the “crime”? And how does this incident fit into the criminalization of students and the push for STEM (science, technology engineering and math) studies?