Charges Against Kiera Wilmot Have Been Dropped

Kiera Wilmot will not face criminal charges, according to the Orlando Sentinel. Wilmot is the 16-year-old Polk County, Fla. girl who caused a small explosion on her high school campus. She was arrested after she mixed toilet bowl cleaner and aluminum foil in a water bottle on school grounds, and faced felony charges for possessing a weapon and discharging a destructive device.

She also was suspended from school with the possibility of expulsion. Her case drew national attention and resulted in a petition to get the charges dropped.

Via the Orlando Sentinel:

The office of State Attorney Jerry Hill, whose jurisdiction includes Polk, said that it extended “an offer of diversion of prosecution to the child,” typically a probationary-like program that allows the youngster to perform community service or meet other conditions and then avoid a criminal record. 

Brian Haas, an assistant state attorney and spokesman for the office, said he could not provide details of a diversion-program agreement reached in a juvenile’s case. But he said the teenager and her guardian had signed the agreement.

“The pending case has been dismissed. No formal charges will be filed,” read the office’s statement.

Hardaway said Kiera and her mother were both relieved and the teenager was “very happy” her case was dismissed. No one answered the phone at Kiera’s Bartow home Wednesday afternoon.

Hardaway said he will turn his attention now to helping Kiera avoid expulsion and return to Bartow High for the next school year.

Leah Lauderdale, a spokesman for the Polk County school district, sent a statement that read: “The Polk County School District will take the State Attorney’s decision into consideration in determining what, if any, further disciplinary action is appropriate.”