Kiera Wilmot Avoids Prison, But Now What?

Kiera Wilmot Avoids Prison, But Now What?

The future of the teen who was expelled and arrested for an unauthorized science project remains in doubt

by Dr. Caleph B. Wilson, May 16, 2013

Kiera Wilmot Avoids Prison, But Now What?

Kiera Wilmot

enthusiasm for STEM.

Unfortunately, expulsion is unforgiving for students in the United States.  Unless, Wilmot can transfer to another school district or to a private school that is willing to allow her to remain in her projected graduating class, she is likely to fall behind. Had her story not made headlines, one wonders if she still would be facing incarceration. Jail time would suspend her high school experience, and likely result in her working to obtain a graduate equivalency degree (GED).  We would witness another young person that has demonstrated excellence in the classroom and outside of it become another case of ‘she could have been…’  How did we become a society that allows so many our young people to strike-out on the first missed swing?

Dr. Caleph B. Wilson is a biomedical sciences postdoctoral fellow at the University of Pennsylvania and co-chair of the Biomedical Postdoctoral Council.  In addition to his work as a scientist, he participates in outreach programs to promote STEM, through mentoring, science education and professional development advisements.  Follow him on Twitter: @HeyDrWilson

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