May 1, 2013 at 2:54 pm #86964
This whole thing reeks of bullshit, particularly the arrest and subsequent charges. This girl has no prior disciplinary record, gets good grades, and appears for all intents and purposes to be a model student. To go from zero to expulsion AND criminal charges is to fail to see and judge her as an individual. Ultimately, this is what happens when we standardize the education of our children, as well as the discipline. If this is the way we reward curiosity among our youth, then it’s no small wonder that we’re all getting dumber. Also, while I understand the concerns of the school and the authorities (she did basically make a tiny bomb), the punishment doesn’t suit the ‘crime’ – if you could even call it that – and I’m not convinced this would have gone down in the same fashion if she was white. After all, part of black privilege is being held to more severe standards for the same offenses as white folks.May 1, 2013 at 3:32 pm #86965
I can’t even.
But I CAN post up the change.org petition to get those felony charges dropped.May 1, 2013 at 4:27 pm #86966
You’re the shit. For realsies. <3May 1, 2013 at 7:22 pm #86982
there is no way this would be happening to her if she were WHITEMay 1, 2013 at 8:39 pm #86983
My sentiments exactly.May 2, 2013 at 6:42 am #86995
The other thing I’m trying to wrap my head around is the decision to charge her as an adult.
My brain won’t process the fact that she was arrested and charged with anything in the first place – but as AN ADULT???
Polk county schools, whoever – they are SO glad this ain’t my child. On second thoughts she is my child. She is Our Daughter. She is ME.
I won’t stand for this. I’ve had enuff of this school-to-prison pipeline madness.
Kiera Wilmot: We Got Your Back. C’mon people – lets DO this. Sign the petition, make some calls, write some emails. If you are local, see what can be done with boots on the ground.
Bartow High School Principal Ronald Pritchard / Address: 1270 S Broadway Ave Bartow, FL 33830 / EMAIL: Ronald.Pritchard@polk-fl.net PHONE:(863)- 534-7400 Fax: (863)534-0077
Polk County Superintendent: Dr. John Stewart /Address: 1915 South Floral Avenue, Bartow, FL 33831 Phone: (863) 534-0521 Fax: (863) 519-8231 Email: Dr. John Stewart
Polk Regional Juvenile Detention Ctr
ADDRESS: 2155 Bob Phillips Road, Bartow, FL 33830
email@example.comMay 2, 2013 at 2:35 pm #87023
@awakeblackwoman: Seriously, you’re my hero right now. I spread that change.org petition far and wide, and a bunch of my friends signed it. Let’s keep the pressure up!May 2, 2013 at 2:48 pm #87025
awwww Randle – just doing what I gotta do. I could have been Kiera so very easily.
I think this is a great issue for Black Nerds to get behind. I don’t have Twitter, but I know that scientists, nerds, and errbody are tweeting what stuff they blew up back in the day, to show support.
It is #KieraWilmot where peeps can tweet their mishaps in the name of science
You are not alone Kiera!!May 2, 2013 at 7:14 pm #87048
Charging this child as an adult is just bizarre. What she did is so completely adolescent and normal I just can’t cope.
Thank you for the link to the petition.May 2, 2013 at 8:56 pm #87060
This is pure unnecessary overkill. Thanks for posting the petition. The hell they ruin this girl’s life over something like this.May 2, 2013 at 10:37 pm #87072
Wait, there’s MORE.
(Buddha take the wheel cuz I don’t think I can take much more).
It turns out the prosecutor behind this case – Assistant State Attorney Tammy Glotfelty – does not prosecute juveniles equally.
Nutshell. A 13 year old kid accidentally shot and killed his brother with a BB gun. Glotfelty took her time – she spent over a month examining the case – in deciding that the boy would not face any charges. She stated that she took his age into consideration, as well his intent, meaning she felt he did not mean to harm his sibling.
I have no problem with her findings in that case.
What I have problems with, is that she took about three seconds to come to the conclusion that she should prosecute Kiera to the fullest extent of the law, including bypassing her age and charging her as an adult. As well as ignoring Kiera’s own intent – she too meant no harm, and unlike that boy, actually didn’t do any harm.
But please click that link because it has the contact information of Tammy Glotfelty who needs to have her office inundated with phone calls, letters and messages. She needs to drop all charges on Kiera Wilmot.May 3, 2013 at 2:35 pm #87123
Holy blue fuck….are you SERIOUS? I can’t even with these people. Oh, look! He’s a lil’ white boy. Surprise, surprise. This is fucking disgusting.
*flips table*May 3, 2013 at 4:06 pm #87141
There is not a table in my house that is unflipped, Randle.
I about DIED when I read that. Having me all up on WebMD looking up the symptoms of apoplexy, you dig?
Something is stinky in the land of Denmark and it sho ain’t the cheese.May 3, 2013 at 5:08 pm #87151
Great piece, lady. Why aren’t you writing for the TWiB blog? You’ve got some good stuff going on!
I just dropped this one on here today. As much as I do believe that, in part, Kiera Wilmot’s persecution is racially motivated, I think there’s something bigger afoot here. Check it out.May 4, 2013 at 7:49 am #87154
Hey THANKS Randle!
I considered maybe going for it, but I’m still not sure. I’ll keep thinking on it tho!
Seriously GREAT article, man!
I’m with you on all of that, and you might find the last few questions and their answers of interest in this interview with Kiera’s lawyer from Business Insider.
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