Assistant State Attorney Tammy Glotfelty, who advised Officer Gregory Rhoden to charge 16-year-old Kiera Wilmot with a felony, has some explaining to do. Just days after doling out a stiff charge for Kiera, Glotfelty decided not to bring any charges against White 13-year-old Taylor Richardson, who mistakenly killed his younger brother with a BB gun, because she deemed his case was a “tragic accident.”
When it broke last week that Kiera would be expelled from Bartow High School and tried as an adult for experimenting with toilet bowl cleaner, aluminum, and an 8-ounce water bottle, Kiera’s plight immediately gripped the nation.
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In addition, the fact that her own principal and peers could vouch for her character as a good-natured honors student, made the authorities’ decision to mete out the harsh punishment even more heartless.
But the latest discovery in the Kiera’s case revives — in real time — just how dangerous racism is in the criminal justice system.
Case in point, consider the deliberations and actions of Assistant Attorney Glotfelty.
When Officer Rhoden called Glotfelty to advise him on how he should charge Wilmot in the botched science experiment case, according to the police report, Rhoden noted:
I THEN CONTACTED ASSISTANT STATE ATTORNEY TAMMY GLOTFELTY VIA TELEPHONE. I ADVISED A.S.A GLOTFELTY OF THE CIRCUMSTANCES OF THE CASE AND SHE ADVISED THIS OFFICER TO FILE THE CHARGES OF, POSSESSING OR DISCHARGING WEAPONS OR FIREARMS AT A SCHOOL SPONSORED EVENT OR ON SCHOOL PROPERTY F.S.S. 790.115 (1) AND MAKING, POSSESSING, THROWING, PROJECTING, PLACING, OR DISCHARGING ANY DESTRUCTIVE DEVICE F.S.S. 790.161 (A).
Indeed, Wilmot would be arrested at the school and charged with the aforementioned charges. Then to add insult to injury, the teen was reportedly expelled from Bartow High; she is currently completing her education through an “expulsion program.”
Now let’s consider the very sad case of Richardson.
On March 13th, Richardson and his fourth-grade brother, Skyler (pictured), were reportedly playing with BB guns, when Taylor’s BB gun went off.
The BB reportedly entered Skyler’s head just above his right ear and traveled across his skull to the left side.
Even though Skyler would be flown to Tampa’s Joseph’s Hospital, he would die a week later.
Our office has considered this case, keeping in mind that (Taylor) is 13 years of age and is a student at Roosevelt Academy.
After a thorough review of the facts, available to our office at this time, it is our opinion that this case can only be seen as a tragic accident.
Now, let’s reconsider the Wilmot case.
[Kiera] is accused of mixing household chemicals in a tiny 8-ounce water bottle, causing the top to pop off, followed by billowing smoke in an small explosion.