The world stood with Ahmed Mohamed when the young teen was arrested after his homemade clock was mistaken for a bomb. He has since become a social media sensation, even receiving an invitation to the White House from President Obama. He was also given the most awesome gift one could ever dream of from Microsoft (a huge tech goodie bag), and he appeared on The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore.
But back in 2013, a Florida teen also worked on a science project for school and was arrested for it, and she received none of the perks Mohamed did. In fact, she was – and still is – treated much worse.
Kiera Wilmont, who was a high school junior at the time, crafted a volcano project that was in full swing when the lid to her pot popped and smoke came out, according to the Miami New Times. There were no injuries or property damage, but Wilmont was arrested and charged with possession of a weapon on school property and discharging a destructive device.
“I remember I was in shock and just started crying,” Wilmot recalls. “I was called a terrorist, and people tell me that I’m on the no-fly list even to this day.”
Wilmont wished her story had received more attention because of the embarrassment and shame she went through after her ordeal. But it didn’t. Though the charges were dropped, Wilmont had to “complete 20 hours of community service, undergo a psychiatric evaluation, and finish her junior year at an alternative school,” the New Times reports.
She’s now enrolled in Florida Polytechnic University, but was nervous that her arrest would interfere with the college application process. She has hopes she’ll be invited to the White House by Obama one day as well, and offers this advice to Ahmed: “I’d tell him he has to keep moving forward and not let the haters get to him.”
SOURCE: Miami New Times | PHOTO CREDIT: Twitter
THEY HAVE A NAME: Honoring Those We Lost To Senseless Violence (PHOTOS)
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1. Jordan Davis
Davis, an unarmed 17-year-old, was shot and killed by Michael Dunn at a Florida gas station after an argument over loud music. His killer is set to stand trial in 2014.
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2. Trayvon Martin
Trayvon Martin, 17, was killed by patrolman George Zimmerman after he mistook the Skittles and Ice Tea in Martin's hands as weapons. Zimmerman was found not guilty of the murder.
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3. Kendrick Johnson
Kendrick Johnson was 17-years-old when he was found dead rolled up in a mat at his high school in Valdosta, Georgia in January. The teen's death was initially named accidental, until more details regarding his death were brought to light last month. The federal government is now looking into the teen's mysterious murder.
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4. Alaysha Carradine
Alaysha was killed during a sleepover in July. The 8-year-old was the only one killed during the shooting, while her friends Amara York, 7, and her 4 year-old-brother were wounded.
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5. Renisha McBride
Renisha McBride was 19 when she was shot in the head by a man who believed she was trying to harm him. The teen was seeking help after she gotten into a car accident. Police are currently looking into the case.
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6. Amanda Todd
Amanda Todd, 15, committed suicide after constant taunting and teasing from bullies online. Her death prompted worldwide recognition of bullying online.
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7. Jonathan Ferrell
Ferrell (left) was shot 10 times by Officer Randal Kerrick (right) who thought he was a holding a weapon. The 24-year-old was dropping a friend off when he crashed his car in an unfamiliar neighborhood. Ferrell was not under the influence of drugs or alcohol at the time of his death.
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8. Darius Simmons
Darius, 13, was shot and killed by his neighbor over the summer. 76-year-old John H. Spooner was arrested and sentenced to life in prison with no chance of parole.
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9. Shaniya Davis
Shaniya Davis was raped and killed by a family friend when her mother gave her away to support a drug habit in 2011. Davis was just 5-years-old when she died of asphyxiation and sexual abuse.
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10. Andy Lopez
Andy Lopez was shot by Deputy Erick Gelhaus after he mistakenly mistook Lopez's pellet gun with a real one. Gelhaus is currently suspended while many are in protest of the 13-year-old's wrongful death.
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11. Joshua Proutey
Proutey was 19-years-old when he was robbed and killed over $10 dollars, a sandwich, and a cell phone in North Carolina in 2012. Four people were arrested in connection to the teen's death.
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12. Jonylah Watkins
Jonylah was just six months old when she and her father were shot several times outside a home in Woodlawn, a South Side Chicago neighborhood. Jonylah died on March 13, 2013, after hours of surgery failed to save the baby.
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13. Steven Simpson
Simpson, a gay teen, was set on fire at his 18th birthday party by 20-year-old Jordan Sheard. Sheard has been sentenced to three and half years after pleading guilty to manslaughter.
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14. Leila Fowler
8-year-old Leila Fowler was killed by a home intruder in April. Her 12-year-old brother has been charged with second degree murder, although his parents believe he is innocent.
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15. Shaneisha Forbes
Shaniesha Forbes, 14, disappeared while walking to school in January. Days late,r she was found partially buried in a nature reserve in New York City. Her boyfriend, 20-year-old Christian Ferdinand, was arrested after he suffocated and burned Forbes' body when he believed that she may have been pregnant.
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16. D'aja Robinson
D'aja, 16, was shot to death as she sat on a city bus in Queens. The teen was not the target of the shooting. Queens native 50 Cent helped pay for her funeral expenses.
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17. Brooklynn Mohler
13-year-old Brooklynn Mohler was killed by a friend when the gun she was holding accidentally discharged in June. Her friend was not charged in her death.
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18. Ashley Qualls
Ashley Qualls, 25, was shot after getting into an argument with three bikers in Treme, LA. No arrests were made in her murder.
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19. Nicholeia Taylor
The 25-year-old was struck and killed by a stray bullet in Brooklyn last month. Police are looking for her killer, Corey Brown, 21.
Source:Family of Trayvon Dodd
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20. Trayvon Dodd
Trayvon Dodd was 15 when he was shot and killed by a friend by accident. His friend, a 12-year-old, has not been charged in Dodd's death.
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21. Demarius Reed
Eastern Michigan football star Demarius Reed was shot to death in his apartment building hallway in October. Police are still looking into his death.
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22. Jasmine Benjamin
Jasmine Benjamin was found in her dorm dead at Valdosta State University last year. In January, her boyfriend Darien Meheux turned himself into police and was charged with suffocating the 17-year-old freshman.
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23. Autumn Pasquale
Autumn Pasquale was strangled to death by two teenage boys trying to steal her bike. The boys later dumped her body in a recycling bin.
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24. Antiq Hennis
1-year-old Antiq Hennis was shot and killed in Brooklyn when the shooter, Daquan Breland, 23, tried to shoot his father. Breland was charged with murder and is currently facing up to 25 years if convicted.
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25. Caleb Gordley
Caleb Gordley was shot and killed after mistakenly entering the wrong home in March. The teen went to a party with friends and tried to sneak back into his home but instead crawled into his neighbor's window when he was killed. His parents have forgiven his shooter.
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26. Noel Polanco
The 22-year-old Army reservist was shot dead by an NYPD detective who thought he was reaching for a gun last year. His family is currently suing the city for the unjust murder.
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27. Ramarley Graham
Police barged into the 18-year-old's home in August and killed him in his bathroom. The unarmed teen was targeted by the police when they believed he was in possession of narcotics. The officer who killed Graham will face no charges in the teen's death.
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28. Marcos Arenas
Marcos Arenas was 15 when he was killed for his iPad in Las Vegas in May. While walking home from school, Arenas was approached by two men and later dragged by their SUV after he refused to give them his iPad. The two men have been arrested and charged with open murder, robbery and attempted robbery.
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29. Steven Gregory Grich
Grich, a engineering student at Clemson State University, was murdered when four men broke into his off campus home and killed him.
Source:Family of Joshua Wood
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30. Joshua Wood
The Houston native was just 16 when he was gunned down for his new Air Jordan sneakers he bought just minutes before.