BARTOW, Fla. (AP) - Nearly 30,000 people have signed an online petition asking the Bartow Police Department and the Polk County State Attorney to drop charges against a 16-year-old accused of detonating a bottle of explosive materials on school property.
The incident happened April 23. The girl has been charged as a juvenile with making, possessing or discharging a destructive device and with possessing or discharging weapons on school property. Prosecutors haven't decided whether to continue with the case.
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Lakeland lawyer Larry Hardaway, who's representing the teen, said she was conducting an experiment for a science class. The girl's science teacher wasn't aware of the experiment.
The Lakeland Ledger reports that the teen has been suspended from school for 10 days. A school investigation is also underway.