Even though several classmates came to her defense to vouch for her character, Polk County Schools released the following statement:
“Anytime a student makes a bad choice it is disappointing to us. Unfortunately, the incident that occurred at Bartow High School yesterday was a serious breach of conduct. In order to maintain a safe and orderly learning environment, we simply must uphold our code of conduct rules. We urge our parents to join us in conveying the message that there are consequences to actions. We will not compromise the safety and security of our students and staff.”
But even the staff seem less than enthusiastic about Wilmot’s punishment:
“She is a good kid,” said Pritchard. “She has never been in trouble before. Ever.”
As previously reported by NewsOne, a middle school and a high school in Bangor, Michigan were placed on lock down on Friday, April, 19, 2013, after at least 2 explosives detonated inside of the schools.
Though a student admitted to planting the devices, he will only be tried as a juvenile and faces only 5 years.