A Florida family says their 18-year-old daughter was charged with a felony and expelled from high school as a result of a consensual, same-sex relationship with another student.
Kaitlyn Hunt started dating a female classmate at the beginning of the school year when she had just turned 18 and the girl she was dating was about three-and-a-half years younger. According to an account posted to Facebook by Kaitlyn’s mother, in February, she was arrested on felony charges at the behest of her girlfriend’s parents. The specific crime was “sexual battery on a person 12–16 years old.”
Kaitlyn’s mother believes the charges were motivated by anti-gay animus:
They were out to destroy my daughter, they feel like my daughter “made” their daughter gay. They are bigoted, religious zeolites [sic] that see being gay as a sin and wrong, and they blame my daughter.
But Kaitlyn’s problems did not end there. Her girlfriends’s parents appealed to the school board and had her expelled from Sebastian River High School. Kaitlyn’s mom reports that the State Attorney, Brian Workman, has offered Kaitlyn a plea deal “of two years house arrest and one year probation.” Kaitlyn has until next Friday to accept the plea deal or face a trial.
The family has started a petition calling on the state attorney to drop the charges against Kaitlyn.
Kaitlyn’s birthday is in August. This piece has been updated to reflect the fact that she had turned 18 at the beginning of the school year.