As a teacher, I find this a travesty. While we certainly want students to be safe in school, ruining this girl’s life by charging her with felonies when the principal is on record saying that he believed the girl did not act with malice or the intention of hurting others is a gross miscarriage of justice and misappropriation of resources. Zero tolerance does nothing but “criminalize” rather than teach kids how to properly behave in society with respect to safety and to each other. A suspension probably would have sufficed, and possibly a misdemeanor or ticket for safety violations–and I bet Kiera would never have tried this a second time at school. She obviously had never watched this on youtube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UGMlXzgFI7c
Interesting Story out of Florida.
Kiera Wilmot – High school student, bright scholar, and no prior conflicts of disruption (other than this experimental situation), is now this generations first “Academic Scientific Pioneer”.
As the rest of the world goes on to debate whether or not this situation is a matter of vandalism, chaos, or reckless motive, this society can now open the scientific doors of knowledge and curiosity for being applied in the actual area where this behavior is really designed and marketed to have take place – on the grounds of the learning facility known as “school”. The curiosity of science, practice and wonder should begin in the classroom of learning, and applied in and outside of it, not the other way around (taking ideas from home, then experimenting with the idea in the classroom without supervision. Regardless of the experiment, location of the experiment, materials for experiments, and…
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