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What The Black Teen Arrested For Her Science Project Had To Say To Ahmed Mohammed

Reported by Liku Zelleke

A couple of weeks ago the headlines were all about how Ahmed Mohammed, a 14-year-old inventor, created a digital clock at home and it was mistaken for a bomb when he decided to take it to school and show it to his science teacher.

He was quickly arrested.

Sadly, this isn’t the first time this has happened. Two years ago, Kiera Wilmot was a 16-year-old student at Bartow High School in Polk County, Fla., when a similar thing happened to her. She had mixed toilet-bowl cleaner and tinfoil in a water bottle as part of her project – an erupting volcano.

While she was demonstrating her mixture to her fellow students something went wrong – a “pop” was heard from the bottle, the cap flew off and smoke billowed out of it.

Now 19, Wilmot recalls, “No rights read to me; [I was] taken in a police car from school to a juvenile assessment center.”

When she heard Ahmed’s story and realized the same thing had happened again, she said she “was thinking, how could this happen again?”

Yet, she was amazed by the outpouring of support the young boy has received from all over and in solidarity with his situation. This support has even come all the way from the top – right up from the White House.

“I think what they did was amazing. How he had all the support behind him, and what took my charges to be dropped within a month took him only a week,” Wilmot said.

If her own personal and first-hand experience is anything to go by, it seems Wilmot is the exact right person that can give advice to Ahmed. When reporters asked her if she had any words of wisdom for him, she encouraged him, as many others have, and told him to keep building and keep creating.

“I’d tell him he has to keep moving forward and not let the haters get to him,” she said.


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4 thoughts on “What The Black Teen Arrested For Her Science Project Had To Say To Ahmed Mohammed

  1. Posr A. Posr

    Where were the President, Facebook and all the other support for Kiera Wilmot? Why is Kiera not the type of student MIT is looking for? Is it because Kiera is a female? Is it because Kiera appears to be of African ancestry. Is it both? Probably

  2. madpoet

    Never heard about this Sister’s situation a few years back. I guess Ahmed having a Muslim name & Fake Ass Americans being so paranoid is why he got so.much attention.

  3. Reggie

    We should be proud of these 2 young people . Don’t let them hold you back because there afraid of you because of your creative .and there trying to destroy it before you realize how talent you are .

  4. Nellis

    There was an outpouring from scientist, politicians and everyday citizens. NI called the school and talked to the principal.mmyounmissed the boat on this one. Nthe was invited to Space Camp and allowed to graduate. Check it out.


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