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?

Civil Rights Leaders Unveil BLACK AGENDA for Obama’s Second Term

Over 60 leading civil rights, social justice, and business leaders came together in Washington DC to unveil a black agenda for President Obama’s second term.

The major priorities of the agenda included:

  • Achieve Economic Parity for African-Americans
  • Promote Equity in Educational Opportunity
  • Protect and Defend Voting Rights
  • Promote a Healthier Nation by Eliminating Healthcare Disparities
  • Achieve Comprehensive Reform of the Criminal Justice System