Kiera Wilmot Update

Last week, I wrote about the expulsion and arrest of Kiera Wilmot, the 16-year-old Florida high school student who was arrested and charged with possession/discharge of a weapon on school property and discharging a destructive device after mixing chemicals in an unauthorized science experiment that caused a small explosion in which no one was hurt.

The overzealous prosecutor, who became the subject of a national campaign of urging to back the fuck off, has now dropped the charges against Wilmot. The office of State Attorney Jerry Hill says it extended "an offer of diversion of prosecution to the child," which "typically means a probationary-like program that allows the youngster to perform community service or meet other conditions and then avoid a criminal record." Meanwhile, the school now claims she merely "faced an expulsion," but was suspended for only ten days, although her attorney says Wilmot "is now attending classes at an alternative school."

So: Lots of backpedaling. But no apologies—at least no public apologies. I mean, gee, imagine what the consequences of that would be.

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