16-Year-Old Girl Faces Felony Charges for “Science Experiment Gone Wrong”

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Sixteen-year-old Kiera Wilmot, described by her principal as “a good kid,” had good grades and had never been in trouble at school—let alone with the law. Now she is facing felony charges for a “science experiment gone wrong.”

Kiera mixed household chemicals in an eight-ounce water bottle at school. The “experiment” resulted in the cap being blown off the bottle and smoke coming out of the top in what was described as a “small explosion.” Nobody was injured, nothing was damaged, Kiera didn’t run from what had happened, and she immediately told school administrators what had happened, taking full responsibility. There are no allegations that she intended to hurt anyone or cause any damage, or that she even intended for the bottle to pop its top.

She has since been expelled from school and charged with possession and discharge of a weapon on school property (a felony punishable by up to five years in prison) and discharging a destructive device (also a felony punishable by up to five years in prison). Altogether Kiera is facing up to 10 years in prison and a felony criminal record.

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Singer Lauryn Hill blames slavery for her failure to pay

Want to justify not paying your taxes? Just blame your ancestry.

That’s the trick singer Lauryn Hill tried to pull when brought to court for not paying $1 million in taxes.

Singer Lauryn Hill“I am a child of former slaves who had a system imposed on them,” Hill stated during her trial. “I had an economic system imposed on me.”

U.S. Magistrate Judge Madeline Cox Arleo gave her verdict on Monday, sentencing Hill three months in prison and three months of home confinement, according to USA Today. She will also be fined $60,000 on top of the debt she owes the IRS and will face a year of supervised release.

At the time of her arrest in June 2012, Hill also railed against the Hollywood and recording industry culture.

“…I did whatever needed to be done in order to insulate my family from the climate of hostility, false entitlement, manipulation, racial prejudice, sexism and ageism that I was surrounded by,” she wrote, referencing the time when she dropped out of the music industry and failed to pay her taxes.

The Grammy-winning singer expressed her disgust for the commercialization of the industry, something she said restricted her creative abilities