Thousands sign petition for central Fla. teen
Published: Saturday, May 4, 2013 at 9:51 p.m.
Last Modified: Saturday, May 4, 2013 at 9:51 p.m.
BARTOW — 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.
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 (http://bit.ly/10xig0b) reports that the teen has been suspended from school for 10 days. A school investigation is also underway.