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Kaitlyn Hunt Expulsion, Arrest For Same-Sex Relationship Inspires Facebook Campaign

Kaitlyn Hunt expulsion and arrest

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]

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13 Responses to “Kaitlyn Hunt Expulsion, Arrest For Same-Sex Relationship Inspires Facebook Campaign”

  1. Preston Pool

    In the state of Georgia we have a 4 year law. If people 1 being a minor up to 4 years older is allowed. 4 years and 1 day is a felony. a 2-3 year difference in sexually active kids and yes they are both kids should not be a felony even though I personnally do not condone same sex relationships it is their life and they should be able to make the choices themselves. beside both sets of parents already knew what was going on. this almost sounds like a classic case of bullying or a hate crime I have ever seen.

  2. Stop Online Vigilantism

    This tragic story is not about discrimination against gays, but our growing obsession with Predator Panic. Across the USA, children as young as age 9 found themselves listed on public sex offender registries. Behavior that may have been seen as nuisance behavior is now criminalized by an ever-growing industry whose sole mission is to place as many people on a public registry as possible. The sex offender registry was originally intended to be a private list for law-enforcement, with only those proven to be a high risk of re-offense listed in the event of a rare stranger abduction. Today, the registry has over 700,000 names, including thousands of kids under the age of 18 who have engaged in consensual relations with each other or sexting.

    We have proven that having a publicly accessible registry does nothing beneficial to society. This girl is charged with “sexual battery” for an obvious mutual sexual relationship. To use that term implies sexual violence. The registry does not differentiate between a case like this and somebody who has committed a real sexual offense. Florida is one of the worst states for the treatment of those on the registry, putting signs in yards, forcing registrants to live under bridges, and allowing a number of violent vigilante groups to exist.

    The commonsense solution would be to abolish the public registry and return it to its original intent, as a tool for law-enforcement agents than those who work primarily with children. Oncefallendotcom for sex offender facts and solutions.

  3. Christopher Koulouris

    Of course one wonders would there be so much hysteria had Kaitlyn Hunt being an 18 year old boy who would nonetheless be subjected to the same charges as well. Then again one wonders if any charges would have been brought in the first place had Kaitlyn’s 15 year old friend had been dating an 18 year old boy instead. Something that goes on without a second batting of the eyelid at most schools.

  4. Shane Mickey

    unfortunately this happens all the time, kids date for a year or so and one turns 18. the law is the law I agree. I feel this girl is being persecuted for being gay which is sad. We once persecuted people of color, we learned it was wrong. are we going to look back in years to come and think we should have changed our minds sooner?

  5. John Purple

    According to the Free Kate Facebook page, "At the beginning of the school year, Kaitlyn made friends with a 14-year-old freshmen girl…In September, shortly after Kaitlyn's 18th birthday, the girls began dating." In other words, an 18 year old was having sex with a 14 year old. A 4 year difference, unlike your biased journalism that tries to represent the age difference as 2 years.

  6. John Purple

    According to the Free Kate Facebook page, Kaitlyn turned 18 in September 2012. According to the Indian County Case Report Summary, charges were filed February 15th, 2013. According to this pathetic attempt at journalism, charges were filed immediately when she turned 18. Do you people here have any integrity? Because you sure don't have any credibility.

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