Stand Back, I’m About to Do Science!
This Kiera Wilmot story cracks me up. It went viral yesterday, and today people all over the country are coming to her defense. It’s ludicrous. Scientists are even defending her now.
First of all, let’s not call what she was doing a “science experiment”. She made a toilet cleaner bomb, just like I did when I was a kid. I didn’t even have Google back then and I knew what was going to happen.
A science experiment, to borrow a definition from Wikipedia, is “an orderly procedure carried out with the goal of verifying, falsifying, or establishing the validity of a hypothesis.” She made a toilet cleaner bomb, got busted, and said it was for science.
I did the same kind of stuff when I was in high school, though I was at least smart enough not to do it on the playground. She doesn’t deserve two felonies for it certainly. She maybe deserves the expulsion, if for no other reason than being dumb enough to do it at school.
I’m just upset that I keep seeing what was obviously a teenager dicking around reported as a science experiment. There’s a big difference between “teenager excessively charged for toilet cleaner bomb” and “teenager arrested for science experiment” and it’s sad to me that even mainstream news outlets resort to the latter for ratings.
I suppose if I used this blog to lament every instance of bad journalism I came across I’d never get anything else done (and I would publish more words than the New York Times) but this one just seems especially heinous.