Case dropped against Bartow HS student who said school project went wrong

BARTOW, Fla. - The State Attorney's Office has completed a review of an incident involving a Bartow High School student.

On April 22, Kiera Wilmot, 16, an eleventh grade Bartow High School student was arrested.  She was handcuffed at the school and charged with making, possessing or discharging a destructive device and with possessing or discharging a weapon on school property.  Both of those are felony charges.

According to Wilmot's attorney, Larry Hardaway, it was a school project gone wrong.

"It was an innocent mistake by a young, tender explorer, inquisitive about things that we find in our home," said Hardaway.

Hardaway said Wilmot brought a bottle full of household chemicals to biology class to fulfill a project requirement.  He said before class, Wilmot's peers convinced her to put foil in that bottle and close the top.  That reaction caused the bottle to heat up and the top to blow off.

State Attorney Jerry Hill has decided to drop the charges.  In exchange, Wilmot must complete a Department of Justice Diversion Program.

No formal charges will be filed, as long as Wilmot completes the program.

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