Kaitlyn Hunt’s expulsion and arrest have inspired a Facebook campaign to get criminal charges against her dropped. Her crime? Staying with her minor girlfriend after she herself turned 18.
Hunt, a Florida teen, was 17-years-old when she began a same-sex relationship with another student, who is now 15. As soon as Hunt turned 18, her girlfriend’s parents pressed criminal charges against her, specifically sexual battery of a minor.
Instead of preparing for graduation, Hunt was led away from her home in handcuffs and expelled from school.
But Kaitlyn Hunt’s expulsion and arrest have sparked a massive outpouring of sympathy for the teen on social media after her parents started a Facebook campaign in an attempt to get the state attorney’s office to drop the charges against their daughter.
Hunt’s mother, Kelley Hunt Smith, says that the other parents “are full of hate and bigotry” and that they have made it their personal mission to destroy Kaitlyn’s life because they can’t accept that their own child might be gay. She explains:
“They are out to destroy my daughter, because they feel like she ‘made’ their daughter gay. They see being gay as wrong and they blame my daughter. Of course, I see it 100% differently. I don’t see or label these girls as gay. They are teenagers in high school experimenting with their sexuality – with mutual consent. And even if their daughter is gay, who cares? She is still their daughter.”
So far as we know, no one has reached out to the other family for their side (not like it would help their case).
Anyway, Kaitlyn has been offered a plea deal: Two years of house arrest. Her parents want the case dropped entirely.
They’ve gotten a groundswell of support by taking their case to Facebook. Their “Free Kate” Facebook page picked up more than 3,000 followers in its first day.
What do you think of Kaitlyn Hunt’s expulsion? Should the charges against her be dropped?
[Image via: Facebook]