Student Support for Kiera Wilmot
Students at one Polk County school are standing behind a recently expelled student.
Yesterday the students from Bartow High School lead a silent protest for Kiera Wilmot.
The 11th grader was kicked out of school last month and is facing felony charges for bringing what police call a destructive device to class.
"Its time for our young people to show that there are positive young people here if they are given the chance," said rally organizer, Clayton Cowart.
Cowart then lead the protestors in front of the Polk County Courthouse.
Wilmot's attorney, Larry Hardaway, says Kiera brought a bottle filled with household chemicals for a biology project.
He says her peers convinced her to put foil in that bottle and close the top-- which caused the top to blow.
"It was an innocent mistake by a young tender explorer, inquisitive about things that we find in our home," said Hardaway.
Wilmot has not only been charged by the Bartow Police Department-- they are declining to speak on the case.
Hardaway says he's been in talks with the state attoney's office before state charges are filed.
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