The Polk County teen arrested after making a so-called bomb at Bartow High School last month just spoke on Wednesday for the first time in public.
Kiera Wilmot, 16, told reporters she had no idea the incident would get as big as it has.
Minutes after she put toilet bowl cleaner and aluminum foil into a bottle, they reacted and police handcuffed her.
"I actually cried and wondered what my mother would think. How long would it be? I was just really scared," Kiera said.
Her mom, who was also at the press conference, was devastated.
"The tears flowed. I left work bawling," said Marie Wilmot. "And life has not been the same since."
Nearly 200,000 people signed petitions online to show Kiera their support. Eventually, the state attorney's office dropped the case.
Her attorney says the system overreacted, and said they are still negotiating with the Polk School District. It appears that Kiera will be allowed to go back to Bartow High in the fall, but her family has not decided if she will or not.
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No charges will be filed against Kiera Wilmot
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