18-year-old Florida Teen Kaitlyn Hunt Arrested and Expelled From High School Over Gay Relationship; Charges Pressed By Her Girlfriend’s Homophobic Parents

In a modern day Romeo and Juliet family feud, a family has been torn apart by the homophobia of their daughter’s girlfriends parents who pressed “lewd and lascivious battery” felony charges on her after finding out about their gay relationship. Earlier this school year, Florida’s Sebastian River High School senior Kaitlyn Hunt, who at the time was 17, began a relationship with her classmate, a 15-year old girl.

On February 16, Police arrived at the family’s home and put her daughter in handcuffs, charged with two felony counts of lewd and lascivious battery on a child 12–16 years of age, according to Examiner.

“These people never came to us as parents, never tried to speak to us… and tell us they had a problem with the girls dating,” Kaitlyn Hunt’s mother, Kelley Hunt-Smith, wrote in a statement posted to Facebook. “…They were out to destroy my daughter. [They] feel like my daughter ‘made’ their daughter gay.”

According to the HuffPost:

But the trouble didn’t stop there. The other girl’s parents repeatedly tried to have Kaitlyn, a senior, expelled from school. Despite the Sebastian River High School administration’s denial of their request, and a judge’s order allowing Kaitlyn to remain in school (so long as the girls had no contact), the 15-year-old’s parents successfully petitioned the school board to have Hunt removed from school weeks prior to graduation.

According to Hunt-Smith’s statement, Kaitlyn attended an “alternative school” for the remainder of her senior year, but will be allowed to attend senior events and graduate from Sebastian River High School. The Huffington Post reached out to Sebastian River High School administration for comment, but requests were not returned as of press time.

According to Examiner, the state attorney’s office has offered Kaitlyn Hunt a plea deal which includes two years of house arrest and a year of probation, which would stay on her adult record and limit her career choices.

Kaitlyn’s Mother also wrote the following statement on a Change.org petition, which has over 39,000 signatures, urging Florida State Attorney Brian Workman to “Stop the prosecution of an 18 year old girl in a same-sex relationship.” Her statement reads:

My daughter Kaitlyn is a wonderful 18-year-old who is not guilty of anything other than a high school romance, but is being prosecuted for 2 felony counts of “lewd and lascivious battery on a child 12–16 years of age,” because she has a girlfriend who is 15.

Kailtyn’s girlfriend’s parents are pressing charges because they are against the same-sex relationship, even though their daughter has stated that this is a consensual relationship. The two girls began dating while Kaitlyn was 17 but her girlfriend’s parents blamed Kailtyn for their daughter’s homosexuality. They waited until after Kaitlyn turned 18 and went to the police to have charges brought against her.

Kaitlyn was a highly respected student at Florida’s Sebastian River High School with good grades and participation in cheerleading, basketball and chorus. She was even voted “most school spirit.” Now she’s been expelled from school and is facing serious felonies – all because she is in love. If convicted, she could end up in jail or live under house arrest, will have to register as a sex offender, and live her life as a convicted felon.

Our family will do everything we can to stop these people from ruining our daughter’s promising life. This is unjust and unfair – and we need your help to stop it.

Kaitlyn’s Mother also created a Facebook page where she wrote the following heart-felt plea to free her daughter from this nightmare:

Posted by Kelly Kelley Hunt Smith – What I’m about to share with you is extremely private and difficult on myself and my family, but mostly my daughter Kaitlyn. However im at a point where I don’t know what else to do. Sharing personal family matters with anyone, let alone total strangers is extremely scary but my daughters life is at risk, so im willing to do whatever it takes, no matter how difficult. Anyone who knows me, even a little, knows what kind of person I am. Anyone who knows my daughter Kate, knows how wonderful she is. Kate is an 18 year old senior about to graduate from SRHS. She has an exemplary record at school and home. She has always been a wonderful student, respected and well liked. She has cheered on the varsity cheer team all throughout high school, shes sung in chorus and was voted most school spirited. She has never been in trouble, ever, she truly is the model student and child. At the beginning of this school year, she started dating a fellow student, who happened to be another female.

This girl also played varsity sports, was in the IB program, so she was in classes with upperclassman. There was an age difference between my daughter and the other girl, of 3 years, my daughter was older, however you would have thought it was the opposite by just looking at the girls. My daughter is tiny, looks very young, and the other girl looks much older and is much taller, either way there was a 3 year age gap. They were both students in the same high school, it was a mutual consenting relationship on both parts. This was unusual for Kate, she has always dated boys, but being the kind of mother I am, I didn’t want to make it a big deal. I talked to her about it, and figured it was just a social thing, times have changed and a lot of kids are experimenting, so I didn’t make much of it. This girl came to my home, hang out with our family before sporting events at the school, etc. The girls would hang out together at after school activities, I was there, I saw the other girls father there several times, he saw them together as well, so I assumed her family was aware of it and didn’t have any issues either. On Saturday February 16th our families world was shattered and our daughters nightmare begun.

The police came to our home and arrested my daughter, put her in hand cuffs and we had no idea why. They refused to tell us anything at first because she had turned 18. Kate was ripped out of our arms, terrified, crying hysterically. My younger daughter was there at the time, my husband and myself, we were mortified. They finally told us she was being arrested on “probable cause”. I asked them probable cause of what, they said sexual battery on a person 12-16 years old. My heart dropped, I knew then that it had to have been her girlfriend’s parents. These people never came to us as parents, never tried to speak to us, didn’t try to get the school involved to speak to us and tell us they had a problem with the girls dating, not one single word. Instead, they set out their vengeance and had my child arrested on FELONY charges. The nightmare continued. Kate was bailed out and sat in front of a Judge. He told her she could continue going to school, but was to have no contact with her girlfriend. I went to the school and spoke to them, let them know what was going on, I wanted to make sure there was no issues or problems. It is Kate’s senior year, she only had a few months until graduation and we wanted her to finish.

The school was very supportive, they all know and loved Kate. They told us that the other girls parents had already come in and wanted Kate to be expelled, they told them no, they wouldn’t do that. The parents didn’t like that, so that petitioned the court and asked the judge to remove Kate from school, even though the Judge already ruled Kate could continue school. We sat in front of the Judge again, and the judge ruled yet again that Kate could continue going to school, he didn’t feel like Kate was any threat at all. Those parents wouldn’t give up. They were out to destroy my daughter, they feel like my daughter “made” their daughter gay. They are bigoted, religious zeolites that see being gay as a sin and wrong, and they blame my daughter. Of course I see it 100% different. I don’t see or label these girls as gay. They are teenagers in high school experimenting with their sexuality, all teens do it in one form or another. They are teens, its healthy and normal. And even if their daughter is gay, who cares, she is still their daughter. But, the fight continued. the parents fought dirty, we pushed back and tried everything we could. I went to the school board with not one but two orders from Indian River County Judges saying Kate could continue going to school, but the school board sided with the parents, and expelled my daughter. Kate was forced to go to the alternative school. The school board made one concession and allowed Kate to attend her senior events like grad bash, and senior fun day at the school and she will be able to walk at her graduation at the high school and actually graduate from SRHS. But her senior year was ruined, she was taken away from her normal life, her friends and her school activities because of those parents. It was still blantenlty wrong, and discriminative. Those parents have forced the State Attorneys office to go thru with felony charges and are trying to ruin my daughters life. This is insane. This should have never been a legal matter, it is a family matter.

They are trying to send an innocent young girl to prison because they are full of hate and bigotry. These girls are teenagers in high school, who had ONE mutual consenting sexual experience. My daughter isn’t a criminal, she isn’t a predator. The parents daughter has said from day one, she cares about my daughter, she never wanted her parents to do this, she was 100% consenting and it was by her own choice that she was with my daughter. She doesn’t want Kate to be punished at all, and feels like they did nothing wrong. Unfortunately by the letter of the law, this girl has NO voice. Her parents can play the “victims” and ruin my daughters life. We have written letters through our attorneys trying to appeal to these people as parents, talk through it and come to some agreement or understanding but the parents refuse. These people’s delusional stand, their hate and bigotry is tearing our daughter apart. Kate is having night terrors, she is in depression, its horrible to watch. Kate was the happiest child, always smiling, always happy and uplifting and now she has to push through the tears to get through every day. I need the communities help. I need people to stand and fight with me for my daughters life. Should the girls have made better choices, YES. I agree, but is this criminal, no. Does my daughter deserve to lose her life for 15 years, or 3 years, or to have no life, because of one choice she made in high school, absolutely not!!

The state attorney, Brian Workman needs to use taxpayers money to prosecute REAL criminals, not a high school student who has never been in trouble a day in her young life, all because she had a mutual consenting relationship with someone who has bigoted parents. I had bracelets made that say STOP THE HATE, FREE KATE. I want everyone in Indian River county to wear one in support of my daughter. I need people to come forward and show the state that this is totally ridiculous and wrong. I will fight till im dead for my children. Kate is such a beautiful person this is just so incredible wrong. This is a mothers nightmare. No one could possibly fully understand how painful this is, we feel powerless. The letter of the law, vs. reality in this situation is horrifying. I cant lose my child, I just cant. We as a community cant allow this to happen. We have until next Friday to either agree with an outrageous plea offer, or start trial. The state offered a plea of two years house arrest and one year probation. Kate wont be able to get a job, start her life, ever leave the house for an entire two years, then another year on probation. That is absolutely ludicrous. We need justice in this situation, not to feed into these parents hates and insanity. Will you help support Kate? Will you write a letter to the state attorney, will you come sit in the court room and show your support, will you wear Kate’s bracelet in support of her? Will you pray, will you speak your mind to these other parents in regards to their actions? Will you help our family?

Florida’s WPTV News Reports:

Update: May 21, 2013 at 10:15 pm EST

In an interview with the Examiner, Kaitlyn Hunt’s unlce, Andrew Gay, cleared up some rumors:

“We are arguing that it is unfair to expect high school students in the same school not to fraternize. It certainly shouldn’t be grounds for criminal prosecution” Gay said.

Kaitlyn was a senior and her girlfriend was a freshman. Gay says the family isn’t claiming the age difference isn’t significant; however, the younger student was “enrolled in courses with upper classmen, and played on the same Varsity basketball team as Kate. They were peers in the same social circle with the same friends. I’m not sure age ever entered into either of their minds.”

Finally, it has incorrectly been reported that Kaitlyn Hunt was arrested on her just after her 18th birthday. She actually turned 18 around the same time they began dating and the girl’s parents didn’t press charges until several months later.

The Hunt family was reportedly devastated by the Indian River County Sherriff Department’s decision to release Hunt’s arrest affidavit, especially since it included Kate’s home address. The report gave very personal details about the sexual encounters between the two girls.

Kaitlyn’s uncle, Andrew Gay, said:

Our family is disgusted with the Indian River County Sheriff Office’s decision today to release the full arrest affidavit without the courtesy of redacting Kate’s home address, which was clearly a retaliatory move for the negative media attention they’ve received today. Releasing the affidavit will also result in unnecessary humiliation for the other teen involved in this case, whose friends, teachers, and neighbors will now be able read in explicit detail her private behavior, which is tragic. Shame on Sheriff Loar! As for Kate’s age at the time of the alleged incidents, the family has always maintained that age is not a relevant question in this case. These were two high school girls on the same Varsity basketball team, in the same social circle, who fell in love. If the parents had a problem with that relationship, they should have approached Kate or her parents to discuss it. That’s common sense. Instead they went to the police. Look where we are now.

Kelly Osbourne and Evan Rachel Wood have both posted their support of Kaitlyn Hunt on Twitter. The group Anonymous has stepped in to fight in Kate’s honor, declaring war on the Indian River County State Attorney’s office. Author Anne Rice also showed support for Kate by posting a link to the original article about the “Free Kate” movement on Facebook.

An anonymous reader left the following comment and I thought It was worthy of featuring:

I got together with my husband in high school. He was 15 and I was 18. So now 14 years and 2 children later I feel for these people. 18 is still a child. I would have hated to go through that for true love!

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  1. Daniel Keeton on May 19, 2013

    I will support you and your family all the way. I would not ever take a plea deal in this case!

  2. Jenni on May 19, 2013

    If those hateful excuses for parents want their daughter to not date Kate, why didn’t they say something in the first place? Also, why expel Kate months before graduation? Move your daughter to the alternative school for the remainder of the year instead! If they wouldn’t have trouble with the daughter dating a senior boy, they shouldn’t have problem with a senior girl. Way to go, Florida. Nice to see how horrible the people there really are.

  3. XLent on May 19, 2013

    Talk about a set up! The parents displayed no issues with the relationship until the day she turned 18. This was nothing but a strategically planned & vengeful retaliation for “turning their kid gay.” How are these parents going to approach the rest of their daughter’s gay relationships after she turns 18 and they suddenly realize that having a gay relationship wasn’t the cause but rather the result of their kid being gay? Meanwhile, this poor kid’s life is destroyed simply because these parents are angry & can’t accept the fact that their daughter is a lesbian.

  4. Tiffany on May 21, 2013

    I am a senior at a school in dover delaware, and i see a lot of this here. if that happened here,there would be no controversy. i find that if u really love someone,you should be with them,no matter what anybody says. what i think on this matter,is purely pathetic and frowned upon in certain societies,of not being fair. Welp,i guess thats one state im not goin to.

  5. KEllison on May 21, 2013

    The reality is, she broke a law, and is using gay rights as an excuse for her illegal behavior. I’m as open-minded as they come, I’m proudly a supporter of the LGBT community, but I cannot be supportive of someone who committed a crime and is looking for a reason to get out of it. Bad adult decisions breed adult consequences. That’s the way it goes, and the law won’t change for her.

    • Anonymous on May 22, 2013

      Honestly, breaking the law or not; if we arrested teens having relationships under the age of 16, there would be no students left. They’d all be in jail :( Yes she broke the law but two years house arrest or jail; must be nice to live in a state that can afford to jail innocent victims of circumstance.

    • Anonymous on July 11, 2014

      Are you kidding? Using gay rights? What gay right would that be? She’s a teenager who did what many other teens do including heterosexuals – date a younger high schooler. Do you know how many other teens are “breaking the law”? A lot! I guess we should go into all the schools and arrest every 18 yr old who is dating someone younger since they’re breaking the law too.

    • Clicint on July 12, 2014

      Are you serious right now? These are high schoolers! High schoolers! In no way is this girl any kind of sexual predator and in no way is her girlfriend any kind of victim. This all boils down to hatred by that girl’s parents.

    • Anonymous on July 12, 2014

      Relationship started while she was considered a minor. This does not a law break. I also do not see anything that says she is using gay rights as a defense or excuse. People put into a story they think makes their comment seem smarter. Truth is, makes you look stupid for your comments. “I support LGBT community” If that were true you would not be imposing your personal thoughts of “she is using this to support her illegal behavior”. I hope that the law sees it for what it was and that is a high school experience.

      • Anonymous on July 12, 2014

        you do know that that law doesn’t care even a little bit about when they’re relation ship started right? she still broke the law.

    • Alleah on July 13, 2014

      There was no law broken, the relationship started while she was 17, a minor, they waited until she was 18 to press charges. I bet if their daughter was dating an older guy they wouldn’t have a problem though.

    • Irony on July 13, 2014

      Reality is, she’s just an unfortunate scape goat for the bigoted parents hate and fear. If she had broken a law why didn’t they have her arrested from the start? Oh wait, they can’t, she was a minor too. If we allow this charge to stick then why not go a step further. Keep all the juvenile offenders on a string until they turn 18 then charge them as adults and just get rid of the juvenile corrective system. Heck, why not just put them all on death roll and get rid of the corrective system all together.

    • Monty Buchanan on July 13, 2014

      Well aren’t you perfect. Anyone that rigid and confident in the working of the judicial system has obviously not experienced the imbalance and unfairness of the US Justice system. One of these days, I hope you step into a situation that forces you to reevaluate and eat those words.

      If the sexual relationship did not continue passed Kate’s 18th birthday (which is never indicated) then statuatory rape does not apply in this case and even if it did, the law has no purpose but to give prosecutors a crime to latch onto when nothing else will stick. It is most often used as a tool of revenge. Revenge has no place in the justice system.

    • matt on July 13, 2014

      Florida law has a romeo and juliet provision, relationships for ages as law as 14 are covered as long as there’s no more then a 4 year difference.

    • anonymous on July 21, 2014

      children who are as young as 12 or 13 and now a days even younger have seuxal relationships, even get pregnant! does it make it right no, BUT does that mean they need to be arrested go on house arrest or probation, NO not at all. As the family expressed this should be a family matter, grounding, punishment, ending the relationship if the parents had an issue. This is being handled alllll wrong.

    • Anonymous on July 29, 2014

      You would be right, if her orientation wasn’t the reason for the charges being filed. Violation of Human Rights trumps “lavicious and lewd battery”. and using “battery” as an excuse for infringing on rights is illegal regardless of whether or not the definition of the crime applies.

  6. Rachel on May 21, 2013

    I have never heard of something so horrible in my life, love is love. This girl is just doing the same thing all teenagers in high school do its called DATING and there is nothing wrong with it, doesn’t matter if its two girls or two guys or a girl and a guy. Everyone should be aloud to be happy and find love FREE KATE, she’s clearly a good girl and has a bright future ahead of her but if the parents of the other child get their way Kate will never get to have a normal life.

    • Max76 on May 22, 2013

      There is nothing wrong with dating, but there is something wrong with it if you are breaking the law while doing it. If she doesn’t have a normal life that will be because of the decisions she made, no one is to blame but herself. Unfortunately she’s now seeing what it means to be an adult.

      Reality check: You don’t get to pick and choose which laws you choose to abide by.

      • Manny on May 22, 2013

        Only Idiots don’t question laws and accept them regardless of prejudice. If everyone thought like you, we would still have slavery and segregation. If we’re going to jail everyone for a 18-15 year old relationship, you might as well go down the line and Jail every adult couple with a 3 year difference as well. There is some truth behind this law, however for a consensual relationship its ridiculous, it needs to be rewritten. To better prosecute those its targeted toward (Older people who lure younger women into relationships).

        • Madonna on July 14, 2014

          If you are serious then breaking the law should be enforced on ALL such relationships in that school and on all in the jurisdiction. Somehow I doubt they are doing so……..

      • Anonymous on July 13, 2014

        So my friends in high school are like two, almost three years apart in age. They knew each other since they wore diapers. They’re married now while still in high school and their parents are ok with that. He was a senior, turned 18 on January and just graduated this june. She was a freshman, and is going to turn 16 in December. Parents and mutual consensual aside wouldn’t he be in the same boat as Kate? But I bet he wouldn’t get arrested for it. The only difference is my friends parents are cool, they love their children and respect their choices.

    • Josh on July 12, 2014

      Are you kidding? Guys all over the country go to jail for a lot longer for the exact same thing and there is no outrage. Is it only the most horrible thing because it’s happening to a girl? Where is all the outrage for the guys?

  7. SarahJ on May 21, 2013

    She should absolutely take the plea bargain. She committed two felonies, admitted to them, and could face serious repercussions if she allows this to go to trial. This isn’t Hollywood; Just because she has a loyal fan base of supporters doesn’t mean Florida will be any less strict when sentencing her for the felonious acts. I don’t want to see this girl’s life get ruined, but the legal system has to treat all individuals, who have committed the same crimes, equally. I also wish this hadn’t turned into a gay rights issue. Whether she were gay, straight, transgender, Black, White, Buddhist, etc… she *still* would have been charged. It’s an age of consent issue, not a gay rights issue.

  8. MarianaG on May 22, 2013

    What I think on the matter is, that it is the year 2013!!!! People need to lighten up with their own ways of thinking, and start opening their minds. This isn’t the 1800’s to whereas people couldn’t show their true feeling about other people, meaning gay, lesbian, and transgendered. First off we are not a society, there is no “gay social club”, or whatever you wanna call it. I believe some of us are born gay, or lesbian. I dont believe in the term “Bisexual” because these are the people who are experimenting in high school, or even after high school. Who are confused, or got hurt by a certain girl or boy, and decided to date the same sex as they are because they believe it’s less complicated. There is no way around your own problems with your relationships. Your either gay or lesbian. I myself have been a lesbian ever since I can member, sure I dated boys in school and after high school ended to please my parents because I felt they would disapprove of my relationships with girls. But I eventually had to talk to parents about my life and what’s evolving around it. Because I can not be living a lie just to please them longer. It took guts, but I came out to them. Now my mom is very religious unlike my dad, he is a subtle man. He believes in everything I do, and accepts me for who I am. My mom on the other hand, does not accept who I am. But does not discriminate my sexuality when I visit her. I am a proud and out lesbian, and I totally support Kaitlyn in this matter because her situation being she is 3 years older then her girlfriend is no different then a boy who is 18 years old dating a girl who is 15 years old. There is no difference. Whether it’s in a straight boy/girl relationship or not. Get over it!!! These parents maybe be able to control their daughters life right now since she’s under age but when she turns 18 years old then what are they gonna do? Are they gonna stone their child like they did back then to those who committed adultery? The girlfriends parents need to know, what’s right in all aspects not just their own. CASE CLOSED!

    • pride14 on July 11, 2014

      It has nothing to do with being LGBT, she broke the law! It happens to hetro males all the time where is the outrage for them? Answer there is none they are looked down upon as taking advantage of a minor this should be no different. She doesnt deserve ecial treatment because she is lesbian. That wouldn’t be the equality that LGBT community is always screaming for. Equality is only wanted when it is beneficial.

  9. MarianaG on May 22, 2013

    Here’s what I think on the matter of Kaitlyn’s situation. Her parents need to GET OVER IT!!!! ITS THE YEAR 2013!!!! This isn’t the 1800’s where people had to hide their true self’s from their families to please them. That is nonsense! Kaitlyns parents have to get more open minded on matter because, its not like they have never seen gays and lesbians before, and sure I understand on why they feel that way. Its because it’s their own daughter. But to jeopardize an 18 year olds life, and future over some nonsense is totally unnecessary, why ruin a persons life like that. The matter is not that serious, and im sure they were aware of their relationship, but were too ignorant and bigot to say something to Kaitlyns parents. That just shows how humane they can be, and for being religious people who are they to judge on anyone life… That is gods judgment, not theirs to make. Now what is going to happen once their daughter turns 18 years of age, after that they will no longer be in control of their daughters life. And because of their ignorance, they are going to lose their in the long run after this, and I wonder how they would be able to live with that guilt!!!! Lighten up!!!!! CASE CLOSED

  10. Hannah Allen on May 22, 2013

    Ok, I would totally agree with the fact that maybe they shouldn’t date if they are underage but it’s not like the girl is in middle school and dating a senior in high school. This girl IS in high school and she can make her own damn decisions. This is 100% because the girls parents do not want to admit that their daughter is gay. Shame on them.

  11. Anonymous on May 22, 2013

    the article doesn’t say they were having SEX, only that they were dating. Sex with a minor is a crime. (although most states don’t call female-female sexual contact rape. just assault.) Most states have an exceptionfor those who just turned 18. a relationship with an age difference of four years is not prosecuted even if one is 18. Guess Florida isn’t so reasonable.

  12. Bohawk on May 22, 2013

    As unfortunate as this story is, it happens all the time to guys in straight relationships with girls all over the country. And these guys never get the kind of support and empathy Kate has gotten. They being said, I hope she does get all of this expunged from her record. And that purple are smart enough to use her situation as a cornerstone to get their own similar cases changed to help their lives.

  13. Anonymous on May 22, 2013

    That’s is horrible! Kate does not deserve that. it is actually mind blowing how cruel people can be! I hope these other parents wake up and realize that they have no right to ruin this girls life.

    • tom on July 12, 2014

      What if it were an 18 year old boy. It . Would be against the law . If gays just want to be treated the same then the law must be blind as to gender. This proves they don’t want equal status but a desperate one.

  14. Anonymous on May 22, 2013

    You gave life to your daughter not to dicate how and who she will be in life. It’s not up to you to judge people about there sexuality. Kaitlyn believe in your self don’t let a any one with such ignorance belittle you. Be proud of your parents for standing up for you. Being gay is not a diease. It’s ignoriate people who choose to like the other way. Weather it has to do with there religion the god I know would never condemed anyone for being Gay. Kaitlyn your life is a journey and what you do with it is up to you and lknow one else. I sincerly wish you all the best.

  15. Katie Whitaker on May 22, 2013

    This is absolutely insane! I cannot believe they would actually consider prosecuting her guilty. Clearly it was a simple high school romance. Those religious hypocritical parents need to realize this is different times. And no God is going to damn you to hell because you are attracted to the opposite sex. That’s ludicrous!

    • Noah on July 20, 2014

      i agree with you on that

  16. Manda on May 22, 2013

    18 and 14 is not okay, regardless of the gender/sex of the people in the relationship.

  17. Ky on May 22, 2013

    talk about the land of the free.. this is so sad

  18. Anonymous on May 22, 2013

    To those of you claiming this is a matter of breaking the law and not a LGBT matter are completely missing the point. The girlfriends parents blamed Kate for making her daughter gay. Which i would assume would mean some tension was there, but no more than the understanding that the gf’s parents hate the idea. If it were that extreme of an issue for them they would’ve put a stop to it BEFORE Kate turned 18. Kate’s mother even stated that no discussion to end the relationship was brought up. They simply waited until it was technically illegal in attempts for some sick sort of vengence for ‘making’ their daughter gay. They wanted Kate to suffer. Multiple attempts to expel an active high school girl her senior year on top of felony charges is disgusting and unjust. Now my question for those who deem this a legal issue, if Kate were an 18 year old boy do you think the parents would have reacted the same way?

    • filcrawl on May 23, 2013

      My comments about the situation not being about LGBTQ issue are strictly about the legal side of things. In reality there are three sides to this. One: legal. Two: crazed society. Three: bad parenting. All in all, there would not have been an arrest had there not been intercourse and the age issue. That’s cut and dry. Now, I think that both sets of parents are shameless in this situation. It appears as though both sides have exploited one aspect or another as it relates to this story. The victim’s parents probably didn’t know that much about what their daughter was doing (typical), and the offender’s parents failed to teach her to follow the law…the police report clearly indicated that the offender had sexual intercourse with the victim after she turned 18. Ergo, the arrest. And, yes, the parents of the victim would have probably acted the same way. Having seen it time and time again on the job. Parents also push the envelope in other ways: one case I recall involved a 17 year old girl, who was privileged, and was trawling the bars with her fake ID, going to wine tasting events, and pretending to be 22 (parents probably weren’t even in the country). In the state where the activities happened, it was legal for her to have intercourse with someone who was up to 10 years older or 30 in some cases (which her behavior alone would have allowed for)…So, the girl spots a dude at a bar, starts messing with him, dating, and after 4 months of lies finally told him that she was only 17. He was 28 (kind of delayed fella)…her parents ended up pulling strings and getting the case moved to another state, where they alleged that the two had sex once, and filed charges there because in that state the cut off would have been 27. Yeah, she was a tramp, running the bars, a disgrace…but her parents made sure that the offender, whom she took advantage of, was made the example. Really, that’s what society is now? Yes. We are despicable. Those parents should have taken away her credit cards and her beemer….instead, they took his life away. True story. Case I worked. Shameless. So, yes, this sort of thing happens all over, with all gender groupings, and class differences (wonder if that was part of the equation here too?)

  19. Anonymous on May 23, 2013

    The legality of this situation is irrelevant. If every parent arrested their child’s significant other in high school, nearly everyone would have a crimimal record! This is a case of vengeful, spiteful, ignorant people taking out their archaic beliefs on innocents.

  20. Anonymous on May 23, 2013

    If it were a older boy and younger girl would you want him set free, or punished? It’s sad, but its still wrong according yo the law,

  21. filcrawl on May 23, 2013

    You know what the problem is…and I say this as a staunch LGBTQ supporter…and feminist: this is what happens when we, as women, want equal rights…WE GET TREATED EQUALLY. If anyone looked at the police report they’d see that the offender was 18 when she met the standards of the law that classified said act as ILLEGAL. So, DUH people…the female gets arrested if she does something illegal (that may have been ignored before, brushed off as harmless or embarrassing behavior) because that’s what women’s suffrage was about…equal rights . So if she was a HE & there was intercourse (regardless of the consent issue) between them & one was 18 and one was under 16 then HE’D be arrested and the story would be all over the paper….But, to the cake and eat it crowd: the issue isn’t about gay rights, the issue is that people want to have it their way….not be accountable….and if she were my kid I would punish her FOR BEING SO DUMB as to boink her GF in the bathroom after she turned 18. The bottom line: ITS ILLEGAL…so get over it…she should not be excused because she’s a female who had sex with her underage girlfriend…that is just corrupting the tenets of the law…if she was a he….of if she were the victim, then….her parents would be outraged if her perpetrator did this. Society is messed up. People don’t want to accept the female sex offender….for all we know, this offender (yes, she is an offender) could be predatory and this was just the first victim…it won’t be funny when she’s 35 and trying to boink our 14 year old little lesbian angels…they need protecting. And the LGBTQ community needs to work a lot harder to ensure that kids growing up understand that JAIL BAIT is and EQUAL OPPORTUNITY ISSUE. In fact, this situation has made me realize that my daughter’s LGBTQ club at her middle school needs to talk about this issue. They need to be informed and they need to be empowered to make safe choices. So, next week, we’re gonna talk about it. Again: if she were a he there wouldn’t be this big outrage & refusal to take responsibility for one’s egregiousness & illegal behavior by playing the GAY CARD…..as a feminist, and LGBTQ support person….I think she needs to be made an example…. Her parents ought to be fighting to get the message out that teens need to think first, boink later…how old is your partner? Those are the things they obviously didn’t teach their daughter. The whole issue makes me want to wretch. So many women have worked tirelessly for generations, striving for equality, and these parents have done nothing more than crap all over that work…Having worked in law enforcement, with sex crimes, and as a feminist female, I am really annoyed that people can’t see what’s going on here. The offender should have boinked an older girl in the bathroom. Same thing everyone would say to her if she was named Johnny. Having been in the position of learning that one of my children was victimized (totally different situation)…the first thing a parent does is call the police…you don’t sit around wondering how you can delay things just to stick it to someone. That’s such b.s.

    • Keith Johnson on July 11, 2014

      Emotionally saddened by this, I completely agree.

      Taking gender out of it you get:
      18y/o and 15y/o “doing stuff”
      parents of 15y/o complain to the cops
      18y/o arrested

      This happens a lot.

      Having said that, if I were Kaitlyn’s parents, I’d encourage her to *not* take the plea deal. I’d hire a shark of a lawyer who would then go to the 15-year-old’s parents and let them know exactly what he would do to their daughter when he got her up on the witness stand… the humiliation, the degradation, the mental torture in the hopes of pushing her to suicide… then tell the parents what he’d do to them when he put them on the witness stand… force them to recount how much the hate what their daughter is, how loathsome she and he behaviors are to them… drive a spike straight down the middle of that family… let them know he planned on days and days of torturous testimony… let them know he planned on utterly destroying their family…

      Then giving them some friendly advice… drop the charges and he won’t have to do that…

      That’s what I’d do if I were the parent of a sweet, beautiful, intelligent person who was in love with another person whose family hated their relationship.

  22. Nicole on May 23, 2013

    They started dating at 15-17….

    have you even been to high school. Seniors date freshmans all the time. They should go arrest everyone in the damn school, i bet half of them are dating someone too young for them… I bet there are some more gays as well.

    Like come’on this poor girl shouldn’t have to pay for the rest of her life because her and another girl were dating. I’ve seen adults 30 years old dating 20 year old… and no one says shit.

    Let this girl, move on with her life.

    • Les on June 2, 2013

      They didn’t even MEET until after Kaitlyn turned 18, the younger girl didn’t turn 15 until AFTER the arrest. Kaitlyn ADMITTED to fingering this child in the SCHOOL BATHROOM, on TWO separate occasions AND after being told to stay away from their daughter, picked her up when she ran away, took this child BACK to her house and proceeded to use a vibrator on her. I’m sorry, as a parent, that is NOT “dating”.

      A 14 year old isn’t old enough to consent, and there are reasons for that.

      Read the arrest affidavit, read supporthonesty.net to gain some actual perspective on this.

  23. Anonymous on May 23, 2013

    They’re not necessarily “homophobic” for wanting to protect their daughter from being taken advantage of by (any gender!) this is technically statutory rape- any way you cut it- even if you live in a state which has legalized gay marriage or whether you personally support it. You have to be 16 (in some states) to date any one under 25. If the person the minor wants to date is in the military or older than 25 the minor cant be with that person until legal adulthood 18!

    • Anonymous on July 11, 2014

      she was 17 when they were dating though. if you’re seventeen you may be sexually active with partners as young as 14 and it is totally legal in most states.

  24. Anonymous on May 23, 2013

    I got together with my husband in high school. He was 15 and I was 18. So now 14 years and 2 children later I feel for these people. 18 is still a child. I would have hated to go through that for true love!

    • Adrian Garcia Author on May 23, 2013

      I hope everyone gets a chance to read your comment. This is the irony of the situation, that the government has set up a situation where they put kids that are 13 through 18 years of age in the same school and then prosecutes them to the fullest extent of the law if they happen to fall in love with each other. The laws need to change or they need to start removing 18-year-olds from high school’s on their 18th birthday.

      • Chad Xee on July 9, 2013

        would you say the same if it was a 18 year old guy dating a 13 year old girl?

  25. Brynna Lynn on May 23, 2013

    This is disgusting. If a parent has an issue with a same-sex relationship their child is having, SPEAK TO THE CHILDREN AND THE OTHER PARENTS. This is not a difficult decision. Regardless of your religion or beliefs, the morality of the situation is the same. Being a parent means taking care of your child. This is not how you take care of your child. I am a religious person. And yet, I am accepting of other people’s sexual orientation. The heart wants what it wants, you can’t help who you fall in love with. My heart and prayers go out to Kaitlyn Hunt and her family as well as her girlfriend who i am sure is going through Hell dealing with the unneeded torment her parents are thrusting on the Hunt family.

  26. Anonymous on May 24, 2013

    I honestly don’t understand how a person can look at themselves in the mirror everyday and tell themselves that they are good, godly or just people. I feel for Kaitlyn and her family, and I am disgusted that anyone would support the parents of the other girl and see their behavior as anything other than ignorant, vindictive and vicious. These girls have “done” NOTHING wrong. It is time for people like that other girls parents to wake up and focus on real problems. There should also be an exception to such a ridiculous law like taking into consideration the fact that when they got together she was breaking no laws. How can anyone stand there and say ” well it was okay for you to date her yesterday but today it’s not.” Use your heads, the age gap didn’t change it was the same when they started dating as it was when she turned 18. Maybe you should look at it as days different than “years” different. I honestly don’t understand this kind of behavior and am shocked that in this day and age with all of our advancements and insight and so called wisdom and knowledge and experiences and everything else that the human race has dealt with and been through to get to this point and time, I can still find myself being so DISGUSTED in the human race.

  27. Chad Xee on July 9, 2013

    to radical gay rights supporters who believe that this is all about the girls being gay. Yes, of course the parents did not support that type of relationship, but yet that does not make them Hateful towards homosexuals. This is a case of the parents protecting THEIR OWN daughter. You’ll on here need to recognize that this is NOT your daughter. Just because you agree with gay rights and all does not mean that everyone else has to, and if they don’t that they are Homophobic. Incase many of you radical protestors did not know, homophobic means hatred toward homosexuals. You guys use this word to play the victim when really the parents did not say or show they hated homosexuals, they just were protecting their OWN family member which is still young and naïve. If this was a boy many people would be agreeing with the statement that she is young and naïve, and blaming the boy for “supposedly” taking advantage of her. I am not agreeing with the fact that the girl got arrested because I simply did not see the whole situation play out, nor did I go through what the family might have gone through. People please Stop calling people homophobic for trying to protect their Own family, Stop calling them disgusting because they did not agree with this type of relationship, and Stop being one sided with your arguments simply trying to agree with this young girl just because she was gay.

  28. Chad Xee on July 9, 2013

    repost: You know it seems many people have strong feelings toward this topic, and yet many people are commenting in their biased opinions, and in one sided statements. First off, this girl did turn 18 and legally having a relationship with a minor at that age, and being physically engaged with each other is illegal. This is not a matter about whether the girls were gay, if it was a guy many people would feel much stronger towards this topic either not caring, or agreeing with the fact that he got arrested. That is honestly a fact. Most of the anger and outrage in this topic is due

  29. Jim on July 8, 2014

    From tampabay.com:
    “Florida’s age of consent is 18, though the law contains a provision allowing 16- and 17-year-olds to consent to having sex with someone age 16 to 23. To qualify for removal under “Romeo and Juliet,” the victim must have been at least 14 years old and the offender no more than four years older.”
    So, according to this, they did not violate any law. The ‘victim’ was over 14 and they are less than 4 years apart. If this were a boy-girl relationship they would not be prosecuted. The ‘lewd’ and ‘lascivious’ acts are simply because they are same sex. Completely and utter bogus! This is definitely a gay witch hunt.

  30. mykael on July 10, 2014

    she did not do anything wrong by no means necessary all it is is the other parents didn’t have the common courtesy or respect to be an adult about the situation .

  31. meaux on July 11, 2014

    I’m a guy, I dated a girl who was 15 when I was 17 but then she turned 16 and I was still 17. I turned 18 she stayed 16 for a while but turned 17. The same thing could have happened to me. You don’t consider things like that when your that young especially if you started dating before you were 18. If she was 18 and immediatly started dating a 15 year old it might be a little questionable but given the circumstances this is just a girl who never expected this to happen to her and parents that want a girl to suffer because they blame her for “turning there daughter gay” . No parent in their right mind would ruin a child’s life and their own childs life at the same time. It’s pure stupidity and ignorance.

  32. hollyas1756 on July 11, 2014

    Homosexuals want the same rights as heterosexuals but apparently feel that they are above the same laws. THIS IS STATUTORY RAPE!!! Yes, the law is dumb when applied to high schoolers so close in age. However, boys have been punished for this very things for YEARS and no one has petitioned for their release. Don’t use this story to push the gay agenda when it’s simple equal enforcement of the law.

  33. Ron White on July 11, 2014

    Well this certainly puts Florida over Miss., Alabama, and La. as well as many of the Middle East countries. Florida the state that has more morons, really stupid people, and just plain freaking fools than anywhere else. What is it? The hot sun, mosquito virus, or the universes depository for the mentally ill. Vacation here and say goodbye to any common sense that you ever had.

  34. Allie on July 11, 2014

    Where can we sign the petition to help?? This is ridiculous! I support you, Kate & family!

  35. Atima Kim on July 11, 2014

    I’ve been against that law ever since I was in highschool. In cases where the older partner is like 30 and the younger is still in highschool, that’s understandable, but for a couple that are three years apart and are consenting? That’s just ridiculously stupid. My husband is five years older than me, had we met in highschool I would’ve still been in middle school when he was a senior, yet as a adults we don’t even consider the age difference. People trying to say she broke a law, technically she didnt, as the mother stated the girl was 17 when they started dating and her girlfriends parents just waited till she turned 18 to charge her. This is nothing more than a case of disgusting ignorant religious intolerance, people so hateful shouldn’t even be allowed to have children. What I think is that the law should be changed for everyone, not just same sex couples. To completely ignore a teenagers voice just because she’s underage is so degrading as well, what kind if country is this and where is that freedom we like to brag so freely about? Despicable. And shame on the state of Florida.

  36. Kimmie Michals on July 11, 2014

    i hate people who cares if your gay, I’m bisexual and i have had many problems in the past with dating the same sex but people shouldn’t be so cruel. we are all human and we are all different but just because your daughter doesn’t like men does not if anyone the right to ruin someones life. people honestly disgust me.

  37. Brooke on July 11, 2014

    This is ridiculous. My mom was to the extent for calling the cops on me cuz she didn’t like that I was gay. So I would get in trouble for dating a girl a grade younger than me and that would just magically make me not gay. Freshmen date seniors all the time. People don’t have a problem woth it until they find out their kid is gay. These parents are absolutely insane and close minded and unaccepting.

  38. Anonymous on July 11, 2014

    I’m sorry but I did a whole lot worse when I was in high school and shame on the mom who turned it in who cares if your Christian or not u can not control your kids life they do what they want and if u try and stop them they will do it behind your back you are a complete dumbass you couldn’t even settle it as an adult u had to go run your mouth to authorities please woman grow the f up

  39. rgurl on July 11, 2014

    As a freshman in HS, I dated a boy who was a junior. The following year he turned 18 and told me we could only be friends until I turned 18 (2 years later!!). We spent tons of time together with friends but not alone. I thought he was ridiculous and if I hadn’t known him my whole life I would have thought he wanted to see someone else, but he just wasn’t going to chance a felony charge, even knowing my parents, who had known him since childhood, approved of our dating. Of course, I was not the one who would have been in trouble, so this was tough to understand. When I turned 18, he was there waiting for me, love still in the air.

    I still think it is ridiculous that the law applies in certain situations and I don’t know many boys/men with the strength and fortitude of my high school sweetie, but as a mother of teens I agree that I wouldn’t want them to be preyed upon or manipulated by a much older student.

    It doesn’t sound like Kate was preying on her partner. It doesn’t sound like either set of parents had a problem with the relationship. I don’t believe charges should have been filed in an existing relationship between classmates until, at the very least, the parents had communicated to her that she needed to back off when she turned 18. Ridiculous.

  40. luis on July 11, 2014

    I personally think both parents should have talked first instead of making such a dramatic descion.

  41. stephanie on July 11, 2014

    This is so sad and ridiculous! People need to relax and love their kids for who they are. Free Kate!!! You didn’t do anything wrong dear and I’m sorry you have to experience the ugliest of people in the world so early in life. Keep your chin up. Prayers for kate and her entire family.

  42. Patricia on July 11, 2014

    Go Kate, you did nothing wrong. I’m sure if she was dating a boy that they wouldn’t have a problem with it at all! I support you and your family. My you beat this and have a wonderful life. Keep your head up sweetie!

  43. Amanda on July 11, 2014

    I support your family! They did nothing wrong! Her life should not get ruined over love! You can’t help who you fall in love with! I’m sorry you guys are going through all this

  44. Cathy Spicer on July 11, 2014

    Please tell me how I can help. A letter I can write something!!! My husband went through something very similar and it not only ruined his lives, but my children and I are punished as well. Please please please tell me how I can help!!!! Stay strong sweet girl you did NOTHING wrong.

  45. Victoria on July 11, 2014

    I am so glad that I am not Anerican. Your system is messed up.

  46. Delisa Sullins on July 11, 2014

    I support Kaitlyn Hunt!! It’s a shame what her consenting girlfriends parents are doing, they are sorry as hell to do that to her so I hope and pray that everything turns out for the best for Kaitlyn and they set her free!!!!

  47. steven on July 11, 2014

    Free kate no harm in two girls dating

  48. Danna Scranton on July 11, 2014

    90% of the student population do not realize that it’s illegal to date someone 2 years younger….(17 and 15). If they were 12 and 14, it would not be illegal. I do not believe she should be fine or bound to her house. There are far worse people in the world, committing crimes that are unspeakable. That’s where are focus should be. As a teacher of 22 years, I think the law needs to reconsider these age differences. So many boys date older girls and vice versa. It’s based on maturity levels and interest. If they are not intentionally persuading sexual behaviors that are not consentual then I do not believe it should be against the law. I am so sorry Kate that you are going through this.

  49. Anonymous on July 11, 2014

    Kaitlyn’s parents should have just moved away from Kate instead of ruining her life.
    It could of been that easy.

  50. Jessie on July 11, 2014

    I will support kate and ur family all the way!! There is no way I would take the plea!! Kate deserves to live her life as she chooses!! Im behind kate and her family all the way!! Send me some bracelets and ill wear them!!

  51. Branden on July 11, 2014

    People say that you shouldn’t listen to what others say you love who you love. But as a Christian family, they are following their beliefs. They’re not budging because the lgbt doesn’t back down from their beliefs, why should Christians? Everyone is for equal rights as long as it’s not for Christianity. Christians have set quietly too long and now it’s wrong for them to express our beliefs. I think it’s wrong and I would do the same thing as the parents are. Not as a hate crime but as following my beliefs.

  52. Jarvona kelley on July 11, 2014

    FREE KATE!!! Stay strong and know that you have ppl here in California supporting you all the way!!

  53. Jpbody on July 11, 2014

    This is the stupidest thing I’ve seen in a while. The girl didn’t commit ANY crime! She dated a girl 2 years younger than her..it wouldn’t mean a damn thing if they were 20 and 22… Now she’s possibly going to be a FELON over it?! That’s literally ridiculous. Felons are murders crack dealers rapist not young girls in kitty love… (Puppy love just didn’t sound right).. The parents of the gf should get their head out of their asses and realize what their really about to do to this young girl. What happens when their precious lil lesbian grows up two more years and SHES the one dating a girl two years younger…they gonna have their own daughter arrested and labeled a felon for the rest of her life too?!
    Wish ya the best of luck Kate!

  54. RS on July 11, 2014

    The romeo and juliet law that the state of Florida recognizes will most likely save this girl from any offenses as long as she was 17 when they started dating.

  55. Dan on July 12, 2014

    If Kate and her family were to get the support of her girlfriend as well as witnesses to attest to a consensual relationship, then they should never be charged for statutory rape under the Romeo and Juliet Laws


  56. Heather Elizabeth Boring on July 12, 2014

    I and my family are Christian. What is said to be sin? Omgoodness I am horrified that this family would go to such lengths to humiliate and lie. They are embarrassed their daughter is who she is so they blame your daughter. This is why Christians get a bad name….. God put us all here for a reason. God made your daughter as he made everyone else , different… All with our own written plan. Fight for her!!!!! Your a strong mom, strong family. I for one am with you. On your side and the two girls side. I am not gay, but I just understand right from wrong. Sometimes god puts extra different people on this earth as a test of faith to see how others will treat his child. Well this family failed epically….. No one is without sin. To count one sin against another lol sin is sin and well that’s why Christ went to the cross. Your daughter and your family do not deserve this, but god please help this family fight against the evil ways of society

  57. Anonymous on July 12, 2014

    This is absolutely horrible and I feel yr pain. This happened to my son and he was made an example of in the state that we live in and while I’m not pleased with the actions between him and the young lady I do not feel that the punishment fit the actions. My son is not a sexual predator but because I didn’t have money to fight his life was ruined. He met the girl while hanging out with friends at a tennis court in another subdivision around 2 in the morning. They were apparently boyfriend/girlfriend for a few months. He was 17, she looked like she was 18 in the pics, she told him she was 15 but in truth she was 12 almost 13. The file is more like a novel that includes pictures from I believe her phone of her hanging on him as if they were a couple. I was not made aware of the situation until the night the police came to my door which was a few months after she had performed oral sex on him. My son was arrested 8 days before his 18th birthday. He was waiting to leave for basic training for his 8 year enlistment for the National Guard. My child was badgered and intimidated by law enforcement and scared by being told things like he was a child molester and what happens to child molesters in prison. We had the worst court appointed attorney possible that visited him 3 times during the 10 months he was in the county jail awaiting a resolution. My daughter who was 15 and actually turned 16 1 month before the final hearing begged to be put on the stand by our attorney and altho he said he would he didn’t. My son’s busdriver even came to testify on his behalf but again our attorney did nothing. He screwed things up so bad and told us if we went to trial he would get worse so all we could hope for was a decent plea offer. While the other girl’s dad got on the stand and played the fiddle that my son stole his daughter’s innocence and one of my neighbors who did nothing but lie our attorney did nothing to include not question them on anything that he had proof that they were lying about. Not once did he question if the girl was so innocent what was she doing out meeting boys at 2am. After all was said and done I along with his sister (16), his brother (12) and his busdriver sat there helpless as the hearing ended with the judge passing a sentence of 20 years, serve 8, must register as a sex offender for the rest of his life and when released can no longer live in the county he grew up in as long as the girl lived in the county. Not only did this destroy our family losing him to this but my child lost the career to serve his country he was about to start, went to prison and had to learn how to survive. They put him 4 1/2 hrs away making it very difficult for us to visit. After serving 5 years he finally came home to start a life with a young lady who he had known for several years and had stood by him the past year. She has a 2 year old daughter that has a non existent father, she calls my son daddy and he loves her as if she were his biological child. He married this young lady 1 month and 7 days after getting out and wanted to adopt her daughter but because his parole officer had only 1 goal which was to send him back she would not even allow the child to be at the house without my being there to chaperone and said she would never allow the child to live there with him. Because of all the household expenses as well as his ankle monitor and parole costs I could not afford to help him get a car so he asked if I could get him a bicycle which I did. With that bike because of sex offender restrictions he rode quite a ways everyday in cold and rain trying to get a job. He ended up getting 2 jobs but lost 1 because a mother of a 14 yo girl that worked there but had never worked with him found out about him and complained so they regretfully let him go. My daughter n law working in another state to try and help with costs drove over on the weekends where my granddaughter stayed with me so she could see her husband and the only time they could be a family was when I took the baby over and chaperoned. When I complained to the parole officers supervisor with proof of her unfair treatment compared to her other parolees I was told he didn’t care what she did he would back her and even threatened me if I continued to push things. 3 days after my meeting with her supervisor my son had to take a polygraph that she had scheduled for him. During the exam he admitted to my granddaughter being at the house without my being there. When he finished the test he called his parole officer and told her and explained that it was late when his wife and daughter got to town, that she was waiting for me to get off work and that the baby started projectile vomiting all over her car seat, the car and because my daughter n law had nowhere else to take her she took her to their house. That the baby finally stopped throwing up long enough and fell asleep on the couch so she waited until she woke up before she brought her to me. 1 day before his 1st birthday in 6 years that he would have been home, 2 months and 12 days after being released on parole, 1 month and 5 days after getting married his parole officer had him violated and arrested. As happened in the beginning she scared him into thinking if he were to request a hearing before the parole board he would be sent back to prison for the rest of his 20 year sentence so he took her offer to send him to boot camp for 6 months. After waiting a total of 45 days after being arrested he has found out boot camp is not what he thought it was going to be. While it’s not 4 1/2 hrs away it’s still just over 3 hrs and it’s back in prison for the 6 month duration. He can be home as early as Nov but at the latest Dec so unless she screws him again he will be home for Christmas for the 1st time in 6 years. The morale of my story is fight with every dime and every breath that you have! The stories I could tell you but won’t about not just what yr child can and probably will experience but the things as a parent you will experience, the detriment to yr family as a whole and the scar that is so deeply in bedded into you, yr child, yr entire family, everything is just heart wrenching…now add the aftermath of when yr child comes home and has to try and start their life. Our society is totally screwed up and failing our children, our society of tomorrow. You are yr child’s voice so grabbed deep in yr moma heart and make it be heard! Hopefully Florida is not like Georgia and yr child will not suffer as mine has. Best wishes and prayers from one mother to another. I will monitor this site should you choose to want to speak with me offline at which time I will make my contact info available to you. Hang in there!!

  58. Jack on July 12, 2014

    Their daughter will be 18 and maybe meet someone younger and Karma would hurt the girl but do the parents justice.

  59. Danielle on July 12, 2014

    Similar thing happened to my boyfriend with his ex. They dated for a few months, he met her parents, they didn’t like him and told her to break up with him or they would pull her out of college(they had about a 3 year gap too.) she then told them he had been harassing her and stalking her to get herself out if the situation. He was arrested and had a trespassing charge to the campus. He showed up to court and she didn’t and he still ended up in jail for almost a month. It was a load of made up bullshit and he still has to suffer from it. It has affected his jobs and professional career over something he didn’t even do.

    These parents need to fight as hard as they possibly can or their daughters life will be ruined over a misunderstanding.

  60. Cody Aho on July 12, 2014

    This is absolutaley rediculous. I have never heard of something so stupid. These people are taking this poor girls life away?! For what purpose?! Their own stupid religious beliefs. Please. Your daughter is gay! Get over it! How about supporting your daughter in her decision to be gay instead of blaming Kate. All Kate did was love your daughter. As for the Hunt family keep fighting for your daughter and continue to support her. I am a 23 year old father from Grand Rapids, Michigan and I’ll stand behind her with you. Because if this same thing happened to my daughter I would fight until the day I died to make this right. My heart goes out to you.

  61. lindsey on July 12, 2014

    I dated a guy and lost my virginity to him when i was 15 and he was 18 i honestly dont see the difference my mom was mad but it was my decision not hers and she knew what it would do to him if she wanted to press charges it wouldnt be fair to penilize him for a decision we made togather i wasnt raped and neith was ths youg girl noone should have to pay for a mutual decision that harmed noone just because their parents dont approve its not fair nor is it right and i dont think the state of flordia should allow that kind of desrimination so what shes gay big deal i bet it wouldn’t have gotten a second glance if kate was a boy

  62. Anonymous on July 12, 2014

    As a father of a gay senior in HS this disgusts me. In this day and age this shouldn’t happen and my heart breaks for you and your family.

  63. Anonymous on July 12, 2014

    Law is a law hope she gets maximum sentence

  64. M. on July 12, 2014

    This new made me cry, is horrible how people can be so cruel and don’t think in the consecuences of their acts. I hope this injustice changes and liberates kate, your daughter is really brave. I am sure you are gonna win this case. If the other girl loved you she should defend you because she is the one spendin time with you.If she did ‘nt want to spend it she would have reject you but she love you . this parents are spendin their lives in shitting a teeanager life this is riddiculous this people is very crazzy if there are so religious and good they should not do this shit seriously. This people should be doing charities with other people not taking someones lives. The worst thing is that also they are rejecting their own daugther for being atracted by a girl is horrible this people makes me really mad. They are wasting their time and the time of others .Hoppefully karma helps your daugther i m really sure she will get a job and everything she purpose in life seems like she fights so kate BE STRONG! Support from spain!!

  65. Anonymous on July 12, 2014

    Just curious how people would see a 18 year old boy dating a 15 year old girl? Different story but a lot of people would see that as wrong. It’s a shame her life is ruined.

  66. Becky on July 12, 2014

    My goodness this is horrible! I know sooo many people with even bigger age gaps! My boyfriend is only 17 and I am 20 and I rarely even get questioned about it. It’s a normal age difference! Also your sexuality isn’t affecting anyone else and I find it ridiculous that those parents can’t even accept their daughter for who she really is! No one can make anyone do anything! She chose to be with a girl and that’s her decision! I would hate to have gone through what she did, I feel so bad for her!! I support Kate! FREE KATE!!!

  67. Carla Gutierrez on July 12, 2014

    This is ridiculous what if the tables were turned you see in high school where a freshman girl dates a senior guy all the time what makes the difference of two girls? Kate’s girlfriend parents took the wrong approach and set a bad example for other teens . The world has much bigger criminals to lock up rather then a high school romance. Kate should stand tall and dont let this break her. She has a bright future ! They need to let this go!

  68. Devin on July 12, 2014

    Max 76 and Kellison. It dont matter that she is 18 and he girlfriend at the time was 15. If she had been dating a boy that was 18 instead of Kate her parents wouldnt of had a problem. Its all because her parents dont like gays. And for that and putting them through all that if I was the parents off Kate after this is all said and done and Kate if found innocent I would sue the other girls parents for all they got for slander. Emotional embarassment. Pain and suffering. I support you Kate and family. Ill send prayers your way.

  69. Qiana Lambert on July 12, 2014

    Free kate , ive played ball all my life all though ive never been gay i saw it everyday . When you spend that much time with a person you get a bond i see nothing wrong with kate datin the other girl , they made a bond wether it was a friendship bond sister bond or lovers bond , they were together everyday and your daughter admitted to them having mutual feelings so really you just ruined two peoples lives you can never get your senior year bk and you took it away , now hope your daughter doesnt hate you nd stray away with older guys bc you wont except her for who she really is , dumb ass parents smh !

  70. Mrs.baja on July 12, 2014

    If this was a hetero relationship the older party could and probably would get in trouble for stagattory rape. The fact that the mom of the girl that got into trouble thinks it’s a gay thing is just her opinion. You can’t date 3 years younger and have sex. Teenage years age difference and maturity is huge! Sorry she dated a girl with crapy parents but she did break the law

  71. Kevon on July 12, 2014

    Florida- the state prosecuting a girl for having a relationship with a 15 year old that goes to her school that was mutually consenting, but not convicting Casey Anthony for brutally murdering her daughter. Good to know they have their priorities in line.

  72. Kelli on July 12, 2014

    Fuck those homophobic people what the hell is wrong with them. I support Kate all the way and I’m sorry you have to go through with this you dont deserve this. Those are bad people. You should have the right to date a male or a female.

  73. Nancy on July 12, 2014

    These girls began dating when they 17-15 and neither were 18 yrs old. This mother said that the girls had ONE mutual consenting sexual experience. It was not said when this took place….whether it was before or after her 18th birthday. However, immediately people accuse this girl of breaking the law. Maybe she wasn’t 18 at the time. I personally feel that homosexuality is wrong and that sex outside of marriage is wrong,

  74. J. G. on July 12, 2014

    I’m all for gay rights, but if I found out someone was having sex with my 15 yr old child, I would be protective and probably outraged, especially if that someone were 18, regardless of gender. Kaitlyn doesn’t sound like a dumb person and everyone knows 18 is an adult by law and 15 is a minor. It’s true that you don’t get to choose which laws you want to keep. If the 15 yr. old’s parents are religious, they probably would have issue with it having been a boy, too, but the gay issue stands out because that’s just what it is. 15 is too young to be having sex at all. I know kids do it, but it’s too young. It’s too young to be taking on the adult responsibilities and consequences of being sexually active. Obviously.

  75. Kim Wilcox on July 12, 2014

    This is ridiculous. I was 17 when I started dating my girlfriend and she was 13. Anf luckily her parents had no problem with me and accepted us for who we are. 7 yrs later were still together. This story is outrageous . That girl could have her life ruined. I support you Kate and family.

  76. Scott on July 12, 2014

    I was in a similar case. I was expelled from a private “christian” school because I was in a homosexual relationship. My boyfriend at the time was 3 years older than me as well. My parents (mainly my dad) blamed him for me getting expelled. My mom has been very supportive over me and my bisexuality. I ended up going to public school for the first time and I started to be a lot more open about my sexuality. I ran into several other people who were like me (sexuality wise).
    This kind of bigotry is unforgivable!

  77. Jennifer on July 12, 2014

    For those stating a law was broken, please explain what law was broken. If she was not eighteen when this “encounter” occurred, it is not statutory rape. There are parts of this story people don’t know, and I don’t claim to, but when it is consensual, most of the time, it will get thrown out. I was raped when I was fifteen, and he went free because it was my word against his. It had also been too long and I had no proof. That is lack of justice! Not this! You wait until she turns eighteen to do anything? And nothing beforehand? That isn’t a concerned parent. A concerned parent would have been there five minutes after they found out about the relationship, talking with the teen and parents and ending it like adults, not the path they have taken.

  78. sammi on July 12, 2014

    Im personaly against same sex relationships but I would never judge or dislike someone for it. Idefinitely wouldn’t try and ruin someones life over it. This is just sad, these parents need a life.

  79. Jacqueline Draper on July 12, 2014

    It wouldn’t be that huge of a deal about the statutory rape charge, but those parents are doing it out of anger because their daughter is gay, not because she is 18. I find it pathetic and absolutely ridiculous. All over their daughter being gay. Those parents should be charged with a hate crime. People will do anything these days. Smh

  80. Marie on July 12, 2014

    I am 15 and I was with a girl who was 5 years older than me. We were never official because we were afraid of something stupid like this happening. Her parents didn’t support it so we were never together around them. It was really hard for us so we ended things. I hope everything works out for you all and that Kate can get back to being her fun-loving self soon! Stop the hate and free Kate!

  81. JD on July 12, 2014

    I think if the law doesn’t want 18 year olds and 14 or 15 year olds fraternizing with each other in such a way on the daily basis, then the school system needs to seperate 12th (senior) year into a different school or start a system where the over age kids are taught vigorously in some way that dating anyone else not 18 or older in their school will ruin their lives and the younger kids are taught not to associate with their older peers.

    Which by the way will NOT BE POSSIBLE. As it is now, kids in highschool make friends, date, and associate with each other in all grades regardless of age. Most don’t even think about the danger of dating in school because as high schoolers they still consider themselves and are treated like kids (unless they’ve been in trouble with the law before) and will continue to be treated like kids for years to come. I think its cruel to punish kids in highschool in such a way. I think it’s cruel to consider 18 year olds competent enough to sign up and die for their country, vote, buy cigarettes, and be tried as an adult for crimes but not adult enough to drink, join law enforcement, or rent a car. I think it’s cruel to put a bunch of kids in one place and expect them not to experiment or ‘get into trouble’. Highschool is a cesspool of hormones and firsts of many. Even the best kids associate with older or younger kids, freshmen have crushes on seniors and seniors think the new freshmen are cute. Shallow and fickle relationships and deep and profound relationships.

    What doesn’t make sense is a teenager being considered an adult by legal standars. Why are 18 and 19 year olds suddenly more competent? They aren’t. They need to raise the legal age of being considered an adult to 20 or maybe 21 if that is when regular society deems you eligible to all of your rights.

  82. vienna on July 12, 2014

    This is completely outrageous!! I believe that gay people have a right to express their love for one another no matter the age! I live in michigan and i want to know what i can do to help.

  83. rob on July 12, 2014

    If this was a 18 year boy, people would want to convict him. In high school these days they do tell you over and over again not to date underage students. I do not believe she should have got expelled from school. I also saw it on the fact that the other parents should have came to them first

  84. Becky Przybyszewski on July 12, 2014

    this is absolutely ridiculos if that was the case more than half of the teenagers in every high school would be arrested. This isn’t really about age difference this is about the other girls parents thinking that Kaitlin turned their daughter gay. These are just too high school girls experimenting in their sexuality just like the majority of all teenagers do. The other girls holy roller bigoted parents are ruining this girl’s life, another process ruining their own daughters life. I feel for these girls especially Kaitlin. This all could have been avoided if only the other girls parents would’ve been reasonable enough to speak wi Kaitlin’s parents because this is a family matter what doesn’t need be a legal matter.

  85. rob on July 12, 2014

    I feel sorry for her. Nonetheless I do not believe that she was unaware of this law. Once you’re 18 you are considered old enough to know the laws and abide by the laws. In high school when I was 17 I dated a 15 year old. The day I turned 18 I asked her parents. I did this because I knew the law and I was 18. What age do you think we should start abiding by the laws. These laws are here to protect our children not to bend them or break them. Again I feel sorry but she should have asked the parents. That is what do you do when you’re an adult, even a 18 to 17 relationship.

  86. kristen on July 12, 2014

    Terrible. That happened to me and someone I was with before and it was the worst thing ever. I was in love as we’re they. I pray they let her go it’s so ridiculous. Once your an adult age doesn’t matter. Why should it matter of a 3 yr difference when the one girl just turned 18. Geeze so so sorry. I know how it feels.

  87. raine on July 12, 2014

    if someone set out to ruin my life like that, I’d simply murder them. there is a line, and when crossed, you’re done. as a moral person, its hard to cross that line, but i think these people have crossed it. maybe i’d get away with it, maybe not. but why would i care? and that’s not a disregard for human life, its realizing that those lives aren’t worth the dirt they’ll be buried under, and the world would be better off without them.

    and honestly, there aren’t enough people dealing out justice these days. truely evil people aren’t getting their just deserts. if they realized there were consequences for their actions, they might thing twice before acting.

  88. doesn't matter on July 12, 2014

    Why is everyone say she broke the law? No she was 17, the other girl was 15. My parents are 10 years apart. That means my mother was 10 when my step father was born. So come on. An the mother even said she’s never dated girls before, so maybe the 15yr turned the 17yr girl gay? Fight back. I went threw the same with my gf when I was 17, an she was 15 but ya know what 6 great tears an we are still together! LOVE CONCOURS ALL! Im also a felon as well, an I can say its a horrible experience. Jobs, getting places to live, college. But luckily for me, mine get expunged. Theres no way she broke ANY LAW, THEY NEED PROOF! WITHOUT PROOF THETE IS NO CASE, IF THE 15 GIRL LOVED HER SHED KEEP HER DAMN MOUTH SHUT!

  89. Jess on July 12, 2014

    Ok, let’s look at this from a unbiased point of view and look at the facts. One side is trying to protect their child, a legal adult but more or less a teenager, and the other trying to have the girl’s life ruined due to prejudice. The “victim” is a teenage girl who had classes with upperclassmen, looked older than she was, and was on a sport’s team with the girl who “assaulted” her. Clearly, both sides have done something wrong. One by law, the other by morality. Kate may legally be an adult, but anyone who has a working brain knows that eighteen is still a child, as the mind doesn’t finish developing for a few more years. So, Kate, a legal adult with the mind, body and soul of a teenager, dated another teenager who happened to be a girl with prejudice parents. My verdict, this should never have gone to court. Kate is not innocent, but obviously does not deserve to be charged as a sex offender for being with a consenting partner near the same age. Would this case be different if Kate were male? Maybe. Would my opinion or too many of the facts change? Not really. Teenagers will be teenagers ’til they truly grow up. People need to figure this out.

  90. mk on July 12, 2014

    no one has heard from the parents of the younger girl, everyone is deciding the motivation based on the thoughts of the older girls’ family and their own beliefs. Do I think there were other ways to deal with this? yes. However, if this were a boy and a girl, it would still have been illegal. the laws of our country regarding minors are there for their protection and for good reason. (physiological development of the brain centers would be where to begin). sadly, these parents reacted before talking with the other parents, if what has been stated is true, and now things are out of control. I have been well aware all of my life about the law of sexual encounters with minors, that doesn’t change because they are girls. as a parent,I informed my teenage son about it as he approached 18 and warned him of the legal consequences, in detail. I talked with him about his life regularly so this wasn’t unusual. This is a poor choice by a set of parents. This is not a call to change the law. If my adult child is fooling around with an under aged child, regardless of the consequences, then they are risking bearing those consequences. I do not want an adult to have the freedom to fool around with my minor child simply because my child agrees with it. I am very sorry for Kaitlyn’s predicament. I agree with her mom, there should have been a first step between families. I pray the younger child’s parents will choose a different track in spite of being vilified by the public. with all of this said,I support their rights as parents. They will have to live with the results of their own choices. Here is the lesson: teach your children the law while you have the time to influence their lives. Final note: not agreeing with a homosexual lifestyle does not make one homophobic, just like not agreeing with smoking pot doesn’t make one afraid of marihuana

  91. Anonymous on July 12, 2014

    Where do I sign the petition to help? This is ridiculous!!

  92. C.B HINSON on July 12, 2014

    The Chargers and the remarks made about the case proves that we are all insane to some degree

  93. Anonymous on July 12, 2014

    Leviticus 20:13

  94. Hailey on July 12, 2014

    Would the “Romeo and Juliet Law” apply to this?

  95. Rodney Jones on July 12, 2014

    She should be stoned WYF

  96. mae on July 12, 2014

    so they will allow 14 year olds to have sex and get abortions but they will arrest someone for being who they are???? this WORLD IS MESSED UP…

  97. GB on July 12, 2014

    living in Hawai’i we see and live it all the time through friends as well as family. it is not our jobs as parents to ruin our childs life because of the choices they make due to their sexual preference. if you show your child the hate you have because of what you believe is wrong then expect your child to feel that hate you have toward them as well and know that you could even lose your child to suicide. if not then when they become an adult they will walk away from all the hate that you have and still be as gay as they choose to be because that is what makes them happy and you will no longer see or hear from them. i support Kate and i say Shame Shame to her girlfriends parents for being ignorant and not loving their own daughter even if she is gay!!

  98. The common Human on July 12, 2014

    Just incase you all were unaware, this was caused by religion.

  99. Sara on July 12, 2014

    They let them date for 7 months… really… they should have been arrested them selves for allowing if. that’s ridiculous. What are they being allowed to use the legal system and school to BULLY and harass Kate?

  100. Jessica A. on July 12, 2014

    This is completely unacceptable. Pressing chargers and ruining a persons life JUST BECAUSE she/he was dating your son/daughter is ridiculous. As a parent it may come as a shock that your child may go towards the same sex, but that doesn’t give e you the right as a parent to just simply press chargers without even talking with your child about the issue. It’s really sad in this day and age , same sex couples can’t even be happy and live their lives they way they choose because it’s against religion , it’s a sin. Why do we associate anything involving same sex to the bible? And what’s the harm of it to other people? If you don’t like it , that’s okay. Everyone deserves to be happy, not get demoralized because being gay is a sin/ wrong way to live. I support the hunt family and I hope Kate gets the justice she deserves. Note to the parents of gays/lesbians; the more you push your child away , the more you lose that relationship . You may not agree with their life and what makes them happy , but you’re suppose to give them love and support through think and thin. Free Kate !

  101. Thomas Kelly on July 12, 2014

    For those of you that are still saying she broke the law…YOU ARE DUMBASS CLOEMINDED PEOPLE! If you are 17 you can have a relationship with someone no more than 4 years younger than yourself. They were well within their rights to be together. That poor girl does not deserve to be persecuted against just because she was in love.

  102. Anonymous on July 12, 2014

    I’m 15, 16 in august, and my boyfriend is 18. My father is 9 years older than my mom and they are happily married and have been for 16 years with 3 daughters. . im not saying age doesn’t matter but its shouldnt be a crime if feelings are mutual in the relationship. This system now and days is messed up. There is no freedom and that’s not right. Why are cops pressing this issue when there are drug addicts and theives all over the world. And they want to go after a teen couple in love? It’s ridiculous.

  103. Quincie on July 12, 2014

    That is stupid same sec realationships are fine u r the way u are and none of these people sould be able to change that straight people can love other straight people but gay people can’t love gay people that is just wrong

  104. vernon on July 12, 2014

    I am a Christian and don’t agree with gay acts, But I have people that I know and have a friendship with that are gay but they know how I feel but know I don’t judge them.
    I will leave that to Christ . In know way do I feel this young girl should be treated like she committed a crime . Teens do try to find there way through a difficult time in history ! Its not the same has it used to be. We all know that and should support and teach them with every effort we have available . so before you judge look at your house and see if its made of glass and how you throw stones. Jesus said ye who is without sin cast the first stone !

  105. Anonymous on July 13, 2014

    This is so wrong. What gets at me the most is that they waited until she was 18 to even have a problem with it. These parents don’t like thw choices their daughter made, but can’t control her so they take it out on Kate. She doesn’t deserve to have her life ripped away for this! This other girls parents would feel this way if it was thier daughter who happend to be older, not the other way around. Shame on them for destroying a young girls life who has so much potential.

  106. Anonymous on July 13, 2014

    Kate I’m here for you . I’m a 16 year old lesbian dating an 18 year old. I’m sorry that her parents did not want to see her happy. I support you

  107. Anonymous on July 13, 2014

    If it were my kid I would do the same

  108. Anonymous on July 13, 2014

    She should go to jail

  109. Josef on July 13, 2014

    Florida’s age of consent is 18, though the law contains a provision allowing 16- and 17-year-olds to consent to having sex with someone age 16 to 23. To qualify for removal under “Romeo and Juliet,” the victim must have been at least 14 years old and the offender no more than four years older.

    Charges shouldn’t stick

  110. Rod Ashton on July 13, 2014

    How did love ever become a crime? There’s so much bad news on the airways and news papers, I can’t looking at either one. In every city, there are shootings and rapes and abuses going on. How about you do gooders go after those horrible crimes. I worked at the an organization where children couldn’t decorate a or celebrate a Christmas tree and couldn’t Pray before a game. We have lost thousand s of young men fighting for our rights. Shame on us for allowing this country to allow this. I think the “devil” has taken over. For give us God, we are about to lose everything you died for. We need more prayer and get together as a nation to stop all this.

    • sarah on July 13, 2014

      love isn’t a crime, but underage sex is. there has to be some law in place to protect children. in the eyes of the law their is no difference between and 18/15 relationship & a 30/15. many schools have started putting different grades on different floors, etc. freshman/sophomore look up to junior/seniors. their is a big age difference at that age, and 14/15 yr olds are more easily influenced by their older peers to have sex (drink & smoke) so its important to have laws.
      and if the other story is true that these 2 fingered each other in a bathroom stall at school, they both should be expelled

  111. Cory Allen on July 13, 2014


    Florida has a Romeo & Juliet law. They started dating when she was 17. Legally they can’t do anything.

  112. LAArmstrong on July 13, 2014

    It’s still Statutory rape if it were a guy abd a girl they’d nail him to a wall we strive for equal rights but as soon as a homosexual couple is involved it’s the end of the world. In not in any way against homosexuality in any way I’ve been accused and persecuted because people have assumed I am abd I know what it’s like to be attacked but the reality is that she had sexual relations with a minor and she has to live with the consequences closed case. No one’s civil rights were infringed upon abd unless she can prove that the parents did this as a hate crime she will just have to live with it.

  113. Aaron on July 13, 2014

    Land of the free… Wow. Florida is officially the stupidest state there can be.

  114. Destiny on July 13, 2014

    I am a bisexual teen and one one my parents is accepting but the other is against it. I currently have a girlfriend who is 16 and I’m 18. I dont know what I would do if this happened to me. I cant imagine what she is going through. I feel horrible for Kate and want to help. If I can still signer petition please let me know where I can sign this.

  115. Ann on July 13, 2014

    Unfortunately, that is the law. Would you all feel the same if the eldest person was MALE and age 18 and the youngest person was FEMALE and age 12-16? I think not. This has nothing to do with same sex relationships. It has to do with an ADULT have sex with a MINOR, who, in Male/female relationships cannot give consent, legally. Pester your legislators to change the law.

  116. Sarah Dench on July 13, 2014

    This is disgusting that it has been allowed to get this far! What a gross legal system! Poor girls. Also poor girl that was with Kaitlyn, at least she has amazing supportive parents, she will never be able to be herself if she is gay or I am sure she will lose her family.

  117. Anonymous on July 13, 2014

    Rules are rules kaitlyn deserves it.. If it was a guy and a younger girl he would be in jail already…

  118. Bob on July 13, 2014

    Welcome to America where parents don’t actually have to parent we just smash and slander little girls to meet our own convieniences. If you don’t want your daughter dating girls guess you probably had her in he wrong generation seriously I think we should brand these people like scarlet letter so we know who they are in public and they can suffer for their choices/views/lifestyle so they look as disgusting as they are on the inside. But most importantly so they realize they are the minority and we’ve just been tolerating their ignorance. I used to allow other people even ones like these two repulsive parents to express themselves in front of me. Now I think it’s just time to austrasize these people for the hated they have inside

  119. Anonymous on July 13, 2014

    I simpathize for her but am a little horrified by some of what I see. I’m not convinced most people read the entire article. It states that their only sexual encounter came after she turned 18 and the other parents reported her following that encounter.

    Considering that, we just have a legal adult and legal minor with no notice of sexual orientation, skin color, etc.

    This case is not a LGBT issue and anyone that takes exception should be promoting changing the age of consent.

  120. Dale on July 13, 2014

    At best mediation to resolve parents with young daughter would be appropriate. They gave appearance of accepting the relationship and were neglectful by not discussing with both girls and parents of their disapproval. At best it isn’t felony material. Was sex involved?

  121. Jenna on July 13, 2014

    wow can someone give out the homophobic parents names and address so we can all harass them to the point where they drop the charges?! Im a christian and you people are a fucking disgrace to God. YOU ARE SINNING JUST AS MUCH AS YOUR GAY DAUGHTER YOU PIECES OF SHIT.

  122. Katie on July 13, 2014

    I am so very sorry your daughter is going through this. People like your daughter’s girlfriend parents are what is wrong with the world. I hope the very best for Kate. No one at that age should have to go through this.

  123. Stephen on July 13, 2014

    I got to say that this story fascinates me, its funny in its own right (ironic). If this would have been any other people (Guy and a Girl) and if the guy was the older one they would have had his arse in prison with bubba faster than you could say “Darn It” and no one would have batted an eye at the issue. Now the parents from what I’ve read are/were against that relationship because they were gay, but the fact of the matter is that she (Kaitlyn) was breaking the law once she turned 18.

    Now I got to say that no matter what your sexual preference is that you need to FOLLOW THE LAW, if you don’t like the law or think it is wrong then work to change it, period, but outright ignoring it then crying pity me because you got caught breaking the law is stupid.

    Yeah it sucks that it seems the only reason she is going to jail for this is due to being gay, but if she could have restrained herself and waited the year or two so her partner was of legal consenting age then this wouldn’t have been an issue and her life wouldn’t have got thrown away.

    I’m in no way saying that the law is right or wrong, or the fact that she is Gay is right or wrong, I’m not the person to determine either of those. All I am saying is that she broke the law and is now paying the consequences for it.

  124. Theresa on July 13, 2014

    I am so sorry for everything your family has been through. That honestly sucks so much. The parents who are pressing charges, should be charged for a hate crime. This year I was a freshman, and I was 14, and dated a senior who was 17 then turned 18, we were both in theatre together and we were in the same group of friends, so age never really mattered to us. I never thought that this actually happened. I’m so sorry. I really hope that everything works out.

  125. Rev. Bob Johnnene OFD on July 13, 2014

    This sort of horrible homophobia is damaging to not only the teens involved but to society at large. God creates individuals with their sexual orientation, it is not something chosen. No person in their right mind would choose to live a life style that gets them rejected, discriminated against, beaten, and even killed because they are actracted to a person of the same sex. God’s reasons for creating someone with a same sex orientation should never be questioned because in doing so, one is committing the same sin that lucifer did, He questioned God and in doing so was cast out of heaven. To prosecute this girl would be a greater crime than if she had murdered someone. By prosecuting her, the government is committing murder of her entire adult life. God creates people with their sexual identity. Every thing that God creates is good, humans make it Bad. God loves everything he creates exactly as He created it. To try and change what God creates is the greatest sin of all.

  126. Maranda on July 13, 2014

    I am an 18 year old lesbian just out of high school , I’ve been through the bullying , harsh comments and a few relationships that didn’t work out because of the other girls parents but never in my life have I heard or seen any situation like this. This is rediculous , no teenager gay , straight, transgender, black , white, Asian , yellow and purple for that matter should have to go through something like this . Religious beliefs and how you view certain situations shouldn’t result into ruining a young girls life . All those parents had to do was share their feelings about the relationship to the girls and Kate’s parents , it could have been very simple . The world is changing but there will always be those few ignorent heartless individuals who hate their lives and want to destroy someone else’s . I solute you Kate , keep your head up don’t let people’s ignorance get in the way of your faith and how you choose to live your life . I’m praying for you and your family . I will support and stand by you until you are free ! #StopTheHate #FreeKate #OneWhenWon #NoTolerenceForZeroTolerence #support

  127. Kimberly Walters on July 13, 2014

    Kate my heart goes out to u and Yuri our family. The family of the other girl should be ashamed of then selves obviously their daughter is gay and hurting Kate will not change that. Why wait till now if they were so against it they could have spoken up. I have a feeling this girls family is looking for a lawsuit and payday by prosecuting Kate. Kate you did nothing wrong be strong hold your head high. There a 18 year old senior boys dating freshman 15 year-old girls but that ok. Really, it’s quite obvious that this is happening because it’s a same sex relationship. My daughter just married her girl friend of 3years, and I couldn’t be happier.this girls family needs to except their daughter for who she is and who she chooses to have a relationship with boy or girl. The state attorney handling this case needs to stop. Why not use you time state attorney for more serious issues. This is just a high school romance that upset parents that don’t except or love their daughter unconditionally. Kate you have my support and so does your family.

  128. Emerson on July 13, 2014

    It’s not fair on them, they’re young and younger, they try new things, experiment, and settle down. The girlfriends parents are clearly homophobic. If they were merely doubtful and didn’t think it was good for the kids, they would have had a heart to heart talk with the other parents and maybe even a social worker if it was too serious. I support you all the way

  129. TheJudge on July 13, 2014

    So an 18 year old had a sexual relationship with a 14 year old & they went to school together. There’s a private school in my town where middle school & high school students share the same few classrooms. They are all on the athletic teams together (kind of funny to see a small 12 yr old run beside a 17 yr old on the soccer field). If this had been a 13 yr old, would you feel different? How about 12? 11? 10? There’s a line some somewhere.

  130. Quintcy on July 13, 2014

    I dont think this necessarily had anything to do with the girls being . I think iy has to do with an archaic law that has been misused and abused as much as possible by parents who dont approve of what their kids do or the people they date. I think it this law should be fought and redefined not JUST because this situation has gone so far out of whack, but, for those teens who have long lasting relationships and experience love at an early age. Boy boy, girl girl, boy girl whatever! My grandma was married by the time she was 15 and my grandpa was already a legal adult. Doesnt mean what he did was sick or wrong. This law show be delved in for situations where the sex was consensual. Parents should use the law as their own personal tool to punish their kids. Kate was still in high school for Pete’s sake. If she had skipped school she would have gotten in trouble for truancy even though she’s supposd to be an ‘ADULT’. Kids are understanding more and more these days and dont get the information they need about sex and relationships from their parents. They get it from friends and their own experiences juat like we all did. The felony charge just shows how vindictive and selfish these parents are. I dont think these kinds of cases involving 18 year old males who are still in high school since so many people want to bring up the “excuse” issue are given felony charges and are tagged as sex offenders the rest of their lives are they. No most are settled outside of court or taken to family court. This shows me just how much of a vendetta these people have against kate. They are just showing their daughter how much they hate her and dont care enough about her to love who she chooses to be or who she chooses to be with.

  131. Anonymous on July 13, 2014

    I think it is wrong for 15 and 18 to date of any sexual origin it is against the law and the law should not be changed

  132. anonymous on July 13, 2014

    Bottom line weather it be a male or female as soon as one turns 18 and the other is under the age of 18 right at that point and time anyone knows that presents a problem so she should have cut the relationship off
    They both knew as does any one over the age of 18 a sexual relationship can not exist between a adult and a minor!!!!!!
    Once she turned 18 and was still in a sexual relationship with this minor consensual or not she broke the law and the law is there for a reason and therefore she must suffer the consequences for her actions
    I have heard this quote a million times
    I am neither pro or anti gay it does not matter to me a crime has been committed and if they don’t prosecute her every adult (18+) will use this case in court to get away with the exact same thing all over the USA

  133. Anonymous on July 13, 2014

    If it was my child I would do the same it would have nothing to do with sexual origin but just because of the age and it is against the law

  134. Anonymous on July 13, 2014

    I’d really like to hear the story of the other girl’s parents. I mean, if Kate had sex with the girl after she turned 18, then technically it is a crime. HOWEVER, I defiantly feel like the other parents are seeking revenge rather than justice. Whether for the sex in general or the homosexual behavior, these parents are certainly expending a lot of energy trying to vilify and punish Kate. If Kate’s girlfriend claimed it was consensual, then any rational parent should discuss the relationship with Kate, her parents, and their daughter if they don’t like how their child is being sexually active. Again, I’d like to hear the other side of the story, but it just sounds like irrational, angry parents trying to get revenge, not justice over two girls’ impulsive but consensual action.

  135. Joel bullar on July 13, 2014

    Maybe they are worried about there daughters soul, it’s wrong/ a sin to be gay and as god said it is an abomination. Not only did she break the law by dating a minor, and it doesn’t matter what the girls think, you are not allowd to make your own decisions until your 18. Also she confused a little girl, with her homosexuality. You are not born gay so therefor she took advantage of a little girl and may have ruined the rest of her life. We are born a certain gender for a reason.

  136. Mg on July 13, 2014

    I hear so many people and showing their ignorance. We are in the age of gay relationships. If we as parents are going to put our children into situations that expose them to be surrounded by others that could cause a relationship , then the parents should stop and think and be adults about the problem. If the parents were against the two girls relationship then they should not of allowed her to go to Kate’s house. I think they are handling this very immaturely and acting like children. You first talk to the patents then if that doesn’t work them go to the next level. Kate did not rape this young girl and therefore I don’t believe she should go to jail. So many girls are raped by guys and nothing happens to them so why are you trying to ruin this young girls life. i support you Kate. I will pray for you in many ways

  137. timo on July 13, 2014

    Well I can probably help but there ur daughter has to have sex with me

  138. jamie on July 13, 2014

    Had the same experience when I was in high school (1990) There was a 2 year age difference between me and my girlfriend. She was 16 and I had just turned 18. Her parents tried to get me on statutory rape charges.

  139. Joe the plumber on July 13, 2014

    What’s the difference between this and when a 17 year old guy is dating a 15 year old and then he turns 18? Oh, right. Its a guy.

  140. Anonymous on July 13, 2014

    This is ridiculous and absurd. A young girl starting to live her life being charged for such felonies over a childish relationship. That is something that if the parents of the other girl didn’t agree to needed to control their daughter. If the girl is gay, maybe now she is controlled by her parents but when she is of age she will do as she pleases and Kate is suffering the consequences. Incredible

  141. usainsabah on July 13, 2014

    Probably looking for a payout. Just like the MJ case. Now a days its all about money.

  142. Abby on July 13, 2014

    This is not right.
    Everybody should have the right to be who they want to, experiment HOW they want to, and date who they want too!

    Experimenting with our sexuality is a part of all adolescents lives and throwing a completely innocent eighteen year old into jail because she dated a girl three years younger… Outrageous.

    I feel bad, though, mostly for the 15 year old. She gets no say and if she did, her say would change everything. Everybody should get to have their own say in this and our country needs to stop this now.

    I am 14. From my point of view, if i dated someone three years younger than me, someone 11 years old… .That, in my opinion would be weird. (Primarily because i don’t think its right for 11 year olds to date…) point being… Once your older, once your 8- freaking-teen the age gap might be the same but it seems smaller.

    Think about your parents, will you?
    Mine are 5 years apart.
    My neighbor is 53 and she has a wife who is 47.
    Neither of them are in jail and i’m glad of it.

  143. Anonymous on July 13, 2014

    Doesn’t matter what anyone says. It only maters what the two girls want. Age is only a number if one was 30 and the other 20 no one would say a thing. Live Free or die trying…

  144. Brittni on July 14, 2014

    When I was in high school I dated a guy 2 years older than me, he was 18 and I was 16. Once my parents found out we were sexually active they made me quit my job since I worked with him and grounded me for 3 months because I lied to them. They never once tried to convict him for anything. I think this is so sad and my heart goes out to Kaitlyn, her family, and her girlfriend. If they can stick together through all of this then that really shows something about true love. Screw the girlfriends parents, I don’t even know how they can live with themselves. Despicable.

  145. Dantheman on July 14, 2014

    People often wonder why Great Britain (my home country) has the age of consent 16. It is not to encourage younger and younger sex, or dilute the social expectation and responsibility of safe consensual sex. It is in fact, the government using “discretion” and not wanting to prosecute, brandish, and make young teens out to be sexual predators, ruin their lives, and have to bound themselves to a legal precedent that does nothing but make criminals out of sexually active teens. Before people jump into “well this is America, so F*ck off”, states, countries, and continents often emulate each others laws based on the success or failure of that law. I would suggest America follow Europe in this approach. The age of consent laws in America are failing it’s people. That and their is a huge difference between something being unethical, and illegal based on ridiculous religious expectations of moral code (that are mostly broken by christians themselves).

    Good luck Kaitlyn, and family.

  146. Troubled on July 14, 2014

    If I lived in this county and paid taxes I would be livid about money being wasted by both the county and those disgusting excuses for “parents” some back woods psycho homophobic hill billy fools. They outta be sued by taxpayers for this waste of time.

  147. Jay Mckenzie on July 14, 2014

    100% behind Kate. And yet the other girls parent claims they love thier daughter by putting her through so much depression, her life is totally ruined now, never minding Kate’s. If your child is doing something you don’t like deal with your child do not involve other families even worse the court. Kate has done nothing wrong like who hasn’t fallen inlove at high school. Those parent need to be Educated, they need to be schooled about the Adolosence stage, propobly their daughter was experiemancing and they have drove her far away into difussion.

  148. Anonymous on July 14, 2014

    I support you all the way! My boyfriend is 30 and I’m 21. I have a three year old son and he has a two year old daughter! We are happy with our age difference! If your daughter was a boy would they still press charges?

  149. Anonymous on July 14, 2014

    Since when is loving a sin? I am not bi or gay, I am straight. Have a loving hubby and a happy life. If you are reading this put yourself in her shoes on both sides of these children, look at that first.. You are in love, you are happy, and can’t see nothing wrong with that.. As for the other girl your young your happy, starting school with a great way, and then silenced behind your parents because you are young and loving someone older is apparently a sin.. I have had my share of age differences in a relationship.. But a family is suppose to be supporting, understanding, loving, and caring.. I do not see this with the young girls family.. They do not have to be religious because of what they are trying to do.. They are afriad of what others might say.. They are afriad of being looked at differently by family, friends, co works, ect. But to bring it out in this manner is uncalled for.. What I grew up knowing is age is only a number, the only numbers that are involving love comes with the years spent with one an other, or the distance apart but to know that time will heal or bring each other closer, love has no rules, love should have no boundaries.. it’s the heart acting for it’s self. To be punished by loving, that is what should be a sin.. Now to look at it threw the parents… Your child is now arrested over love.. There is nothing I can honestly say but why?! We can all say we have had our times of dating someone with this age as a difference or being the same sex.. Has that stopped any of us on loving?! No!! Love is uncontroling.. And for the young girls parents.. What is love to you? Being forced to love?! No!! I am quite sure you as well has had age difference in love as you grew older.. I see that there is a deal of some people call it “rocking the cradle” dating a minor. But to be in school and only 3 years apart is not deserving an of this.. When you are in school you are still considered a minor till the day you receive your diploma or drop out.. But to punish these young girls over love is not acceptable.. School should not drop a student like that.. Parents to the young girl, who taught you to love, and wherent you taught to consult about a problem you may have!? I know I serntly was.. We are all young at heart age is a number of celebrating how long we have lived on this earth or when we came in to this world… My life motto is live life to the fullest, you only get one year, one month, one date, one day a year, never is there a day repeated.. So why should numbers come into play by 3 years apart, and in school together.. You want to know why?! it schooldnt that is why.. No everyone who has read this article and is reading comments I hope you all look at both sides of everyone from the children to parents. I am not saying this is okay, but they took this in the wrong way of going it, consult each other would have been the best bet.. Cause now both children are going to be afriad of love, afriad of life, and afriad of caring.. And is not how they should live.. And to let everyone know how much I care about this, this is all coming from someone who is 20 years old and a female.. I know more about love and life than I should at this age.. I know my wrongs and rights.. And what’s happening to Kate is wrong..

  150. Anonymous on July 14, 2014

    I don’t believe in same sex marriage,dating or anything of that nature but she didn’t kill anyone or hurt anyone so leave her alone its her choice to be who she wants to be.

  151. Darcy Lee on July 14, 2014

    Wow!! this is crazy. Teens fall in love all the time. It should not matter whether they are boy girl or girl girl boy boy. This does not change who they are. Shame on the parents who are pushing this issue, all i can say…Listen to your daughter she was in a consensual relationship and happy. Does this not matter to you? Her words don’t matter? Sham on you!
    As for the Courts that are pursuing this. What is wrong with you? You are using dollars to prosecute a citizen that does not deserve prosecution and yet others murders, sex offenders thief’s walk free.
    FREE KATE NOW!!!!She deserves to have her life back. Stop making an example of her and let her be!!! She only deserves to be happy and so does the other teen involved. Just because the parents want to be hateful does not mean you need to continue to ruin the life of 2 young girls. My sincere hope is that you stop this madness before it gets any worse. Seems to be a media thing. maybe the parents are just looking for a payday of their story. But these two girls will be changed forever. This justice system is there to free the innocent so i expect it to happen quickly
    Concerned in Canada

  152. Adam on July 14, 2014

    Are you serious? “They are religious, bigoted zealots”. I am a Christian, I believe homosexuality is wrong, I would disagree with my daughter for having this kind of relationship. I wouldn’t have the girlfriend arrested though. People need to accept Christians just as much as the gays, because the way the world is working, gays have no closet they are expected to hide in, wheras Christians are hunted down for their faith and beliefs. Who’s viewpoint is accepted nowadays? Whatever is against the Church is golden in the eyes of society.

    • Aaren on July 18, 2014

      Christians are being hunted? What the f*ck are you talking?!
      I am sorry but I remember things like gays being chased out of towns, in the US.

      I don’t give a flying f* what you believe, but once you want to push your viewpoints on others and tell them who they can live with we got a problem. That is not “hunting down Christians” or not accepting them.

      And whether you believe it is wrong or not doesn’t change the fact that it is natural. Deal with it.

  153. sandy on July 14, 2014

    Some people are born with more male chromosones and female chromosones. Meaning, no one can make you become GAY. It is something that naturally happens on it’s own. As a parent you shouldn’t try to change who your child is but support them through this difficult sittuation. I beleive that involving the police was a coward and poor choice from the other girl’s parents. How could you sleep at night knowing you have ruined that childs life with such record. The father of my child is a register sex offender for the same situation except it was a female of 15 yrs of age and he was 18 yrs of age. Today he cant get a job any where without a background check and he has to report where he lives every 6 months. He can’t be near a park or school to spend time with his kid. I dont think people see the damage they are doing to this young teens. 15 years is old enough to make her own decision. She needs to speak up for her girlfriend and explain her side of the story. I wish you and your family the best. You have my support 100%.

  154. sandy on July 14, 2014

    One more thing. When I was 15 I lost my virginity with an 18 year old. My mother found out and decided to use the law to punish him. When the police came they asked me if he made me do anything unwillingly. I told the officer that I had been talking to this man for over a year and finally decided to give it up. At least because I said something he isn’t registering as a sex offender today. But I think parents should stop abusing the power of the law to get back at there kids. Im sure everyone had there first crush and puppy love. Speak to your kids and advise them as much as you can. But you can not control there every move. They have to make there own decisions and learn from them. It’s all part of life!

  155. Crystal on July 14, 2014


    These parents have no right to ruin a girls life without first discussing this issue

  156. Robert Jenis on July 14, 2014

    Not to poke fun at an immensely serious debacle, but her uncle’s name is Andrew Gay. Could that be any more fitting?!

  157. Ivory on July 14, 2014

    There really are victims in this case and they are not Kaitlyn Hunt or her parents, but the then 14 year old and her parents. This article is full of bad and misleading information. Anyone who followed this case in real time knows that the local LGBT and PFLAG communities of the Hunt’s own city denounced Kaitlyn Hunt and the entire FreeKate campaign. Why? Because it is NOT a gay issue – it was and is a felonious criminal case. Want to actually read and learn the truth then do so before you get sucked in by the lies and fraud. See supporthonesty.net

  158. Anonymous on July 14, 2014

    Regardless of the reasons the parents have gotten the police involved, she is 18 and the other girl is 15. It’s the law right? If it was a guy and girl would it be different?

  159. Zack Wilson on July 14, 2014

    I love how everyone one who aggress with kate being arrested is anomyous..dont have the guts to put your names up but you cant blast her..cowards…free kate..and screw all yall who are against her and see ya in hell

  160. elise on July 15, 2014

    I just want to show support and that I am behind this family 100% what happened to this child is horrendous. My prayers are with this family. May God’s will be done. I believe that we are created in his eyes and we are all perfect. Just how he created us to be. Shame on a parent for not accepting the child the lord gave to them. Gay or not no child should go thru this. My heart also goes out to the other girl her parents probably never give her the love she needs. For they are too full of hate and ugliness. It’s a shame. My god be with these teens and katylns family.

  161. Amanda Bradshaw on July 15, 2014

    Some big shot lawyer for gay rights should take this case!!!!! This is a travesty!

  162. Anonymous on July 15, 2014

    Can we please remember that this is the same state that freed Casey anthony? can we take off the blinders? if this is the case, all high schools kids will be detained AND half of u Fuckers would not be alive. My parents have a 7 year gap. so what about it? sheesh.

  163. Kristina on July 15, 2014

    I hope this girls parents are ready to prosecute every girl she ends up with. If she’s gay then she’s gay whether they like it or not. “Made” her gay….Lol. you’re either born gay out not. She may have been experimenting, but if parents had a problem with it then they should have said something. All these people who are writing about “if it were a guy” it’s nit the same. These parents are only prosecuting because they are bigots. They have been dating and it was consensual. So because of one act it seems that some people think this girl should have her entire life and future ruined….because of hate. They school board should be ashamed of itself. These parents were out to ruin this young girl. I hope this girl gets some justice of her own…after she files a case for deformation of character. And the person who said she should take a plea deal….you just sound stupid.

  164. anonymous on July 15, 2014

    i have some a questions. how many high school kids know this law?? are they taught this law in schools??? should it???? at what age??? i know i didnt know much about the law in highschool. im not condoning any actions made. just curious.

  165. Free Kate on July 15, 2014

    Does Florida have emancipation laws? Is it too late for the 15yr old girl to get emancipated so she can have a guardian ad litem who can represent her and her voice? YES the hard truth is this happens all the time to 18yr old boys who fall in love with a 16yr old girl and have consensual sex and its horrifying and disgusting parents can ruin a life all because they dont agree with who their child wants to be with. THAT LAW NEEDS TO BE FOR RAPE VICTIMS AND CASES ON FORCED SEXUAL ACTS not for parents to use because they want to feel power over their child’s choices . Praying for you Kate and your family. Who are we as sinners to judge someone who sins differently

  166. Tre on July 16, 2014

    This is just like those cases where the parents of a 16 year old girl don’t approve of her dating a 17 year old boy, and as soon as he turns 18, the parents press charges, label him as a sex offender, and ruin his life. This is FUCKS UP!!!!!!!!!! I would never do that to my daughter. If she told me she was a lesbian I would still love her NO MATTER WHAT. Do I like it, no, but that still doesn’t change the fact that she’s my daughter. Anyone who is gay I don’t agree with your lifestyle, but I am no one to intrude on your happiness. Anyone; including parents, who hate on a fellow human being just because of their sexual orientation deserve to BURN IN HELL!!!!!!!!

  167. zachary beagle on July 16, 2014

    this is so messed up these girls do not deserve to go through this just because parents are so closed minded and to ruin the rest of someones life is just heart less if you are religious then why would you do this to someone i guess evil is every where.

  168. Susan Goughs on July 16, 2014

    What a shame, this should never have got to court.

  169. Anonymous on July 16, 2014

    How many people end up dating someone a year older than you or younger and you graduate the year before or after them? how many seniors graduate at 18 and hoe many graduate at 17? my point is if any of you were dating a 17 yr old at the time you were 18 you broke the same laws Kate did. By your logic you need the same punishment because the law is the law. next time you people are in trouble you should go crying for help because you got yourself in that position. Kate shouldn’t even be going through this crap and the people willing to push this are fools.

  170. Ann on July 16, 2014

    I live in Canada. (not that it matters) and I just seen this on facebook.
    I think this whole thing is absolutely ridiculous. If the two girls want to be together , then LET THEM. !!
    It is there decision weather they want to date or not. not the parents. they made there sexual preference, now let them be HAPPY., you May not accept the fact that your child likes girls, but you should still be happy for her, that’s your child. it’ her decision, and under no circumstances is this right to charge Kate for liking a girl that is two years younger than her, I don’t see that a crime at all. I see to young girls, who look very happy with each other , and who look like they care for each other alot. You should accept the fact that YOUR daughter is HAPPY..!!!
    you think doing this to kates family is going to make things better because it won’t. and if I was Kates girlfriend, I would be absolutely livid at my parents for doing this to them…
    maybe you should think about your Daughter instead of your selfs.

    just my opinion

    To Kates Family:
    I hope you all find the justice you deserve , It must be really hard going through all this right now.
    but in the end I hope it all works out for you guys.!
    I completely support Gay relationships/marriages, they way I see it is, if you like the same sex there is absolutely no problem with that. people are different in this world, and there going to do what they want,. there’s so much I could say , but you get the point.
    Good luck.
    FREE KATE!!!!!!!

  171. Kevin Lintner on July 16, 2014

    Florida has a Romeo and Juliet Law. Section 943.04354 of the Florida Statutes states that as long as the “victim” is between 14 an 17 and be no more than 4 years younger than the accused and the sex was consensual, that the accused can not be forced to register as a sex offender. It doesn’t protect them from prosecution, but unless this poor girl gets tricked into a shoddy pleas deal, she should be able to stay off the sex offender’s list. I know it’s not much of a blessing, but it’s the only positive news I could come up with. I hope the “victim’s” family has a turn of heart.

  172. anonymous on July 16, 2014

    if it was a guy no one would care— he would burn!

    If its a “girl” — FREE HER!

    Laws are so messed up now! good job!

  173. MissM on July 17, 2014

    Live Strong Girl Killem 😉 No one can crush youuu!!

  174. Anonymous on July 17, 2014

    This kind of stuff pisses me off because people won’t let their children express themselves

  175. Anonymous on July 18, 2014

    I have a friend who made a similar error (error being that it was against the letter of the law, but was entirely consensual based on events I personally witnessed). However this friend also proceeded to have a sexual relationship with the individual, who was also 15 claiming to be 16 at the time of the events. Prior to these events as a friend I informed him in blatantly direct and absolutely clear terms that if she wasn’t over 18 and he was over 18, then he shouldn’t be dating her as the most effective way to prevent legal problems, however if he insisted on pursuing her then he should be staying out of her pants and she out of his. In my interactions with the couple, (he insisted on introducing his friends to her, not a bad move), I did try to keep it in his mind that she wasn’t of age and should keep everything in his pants until she was 18, in fact to be very honest I only ever referred to her by the name of jailbait, never once by her given name or nickname even to her face her name was jailbait. Neither party much bothered to listen to me, since when has a couple blithely hurtling towards a mine field ever listened to decent advice? (coughcough: romeo and juliet) My understanding of events that occurred outside of my experience, is such that he managed to say or do something to tick off her parents who were supposedly aware of their relationship and that it had become sexual, from this point things went downhill fast, he has since been convicted, is stuck on probation for decades, is a registered sex offender, he’s lost every job he’s managed to get hired to as soon as the background check went through. Whether he informed those employers about his situation I cannot confirm, however in my experience he is quite forthright about his situation. Do I believe that he should be going through effectively being forced into a status as a pariah and lose access to virtually all the work he is qualified to do because he and his consenting underage gf (based on personally witnessed events, no I didn’t watch them jump eachother’s bones, just watched a couple who has a highly sexual relationship, those who have witnessed such things know the signs) had sex, no. Do I believe that the laws about such things are incredibly harsh, yes, with good reason. In my experiences teenagers whether 13 or 19 display about as much common sense and self preservation instincts as a grenade with the pin long ago pulled, with rare exceptions.

    In my somewhat humble opinion, Kate’s parents should have informed their daughter to keep her and her gf’s pants on until the younger girl passed the legal age line for their district, the sheriff appears to be retaliating by releasing too much information (guy should get a clue about this newfangled doohickey called the interwebz [yes sarcasm right here] then maybe he wouldn’t have walked into the land mine field involving civil rights for non-traditional relationships [which i am all for personally]) and the parents of the younger girl appear to be pushing an agenda of intolerance (not sure if there is any behind the scenes political maneuvering being done there locally or not, but I wouldn’t be surprised if there was quite a bit of it going around). The school’s principal and the judge clearly knows how to use the internet, the school board on the other hand might want to think about getting someone who involved who knows how to check news sites without relying on bing. School board for Kate’s school, Indian River County School board?, welcome to PR hell, refusing to comply with a judge’s ruling that was appealed and the ruling upheld, genius move, getting your publicly funded school system associated with intolerance and attempting to place yourselves above the judicial arm of the government as though you are above the law.

    Please, Indian River County Board of Education, let me welcome you national public outrage, and the landmine field of civil rights, whether you like it or not, I think I see some political Dawinism heading your way soon, or at the very least someone is losing their job.

    If anyone else is in a similar situation as either the couple I knew, or Kate and her gf here, please take one bit of advice, if you as a couple straddle the age line of 18 or whatever your local districts statutes call for, don’t date or at the least don’t have sex until both parties are past it. Please remember what the sheriff in this news story hasn’t figured out yet, the world has changed from the one 20 or 30 years ago, information passes fast and spreads even faster, even a single slip somewhere will get caught, will get recorded by someone somewhere. As soon as even one person who doesn’t agree with your relationship for any reason catches that slip, they will push it and it will destroy your life and your partners life. I wouldn’t give great odds to the relationship surviving depending on who is pushing the legal issue. If you value your partner use the organ on your shoulders you know the one between your ears. To the couples who read this, ignore it and get caught, idiots, to those who don’t get caught, you got lucky, now just hope no one has any evidence proving you did it, felony charges have a nice long statute of limitations.

  176. Liv on July 18, 2014

    All of you that keep saying that katelyn deserves to go to jail because she broke the law and needs to be punished like an adult never fucking had a relationship in high school. Your lack of compassion is fueled by jealousy.

  177. craig on July 18, 2014

    Not saying its right…but you realize this happens to straight guys all the time and no one cares….so cry me a river. Those guys do the same thing and get labeled as sex offenders. But because this instance is two gay girls, we have to do something….so much for equality…

  178. bobby on July 18, 2014

    I’m just thinking if i am a midget and rob a bank and they arrest me. Can I ignore the fact that I’ve broken the law and place the blame on everyone else while I complain about being treated different just because I’m a midget ? #thankgodyoudon’t liveInconnecticut

  179. Kdeann on July 19, 2014

    I’m neither for nor against gay rights. I don’t support it nor do I bash it, but wrong is wrong & what they’re doing to this girl & her family is wrong. I’m strong in my faith, but that other girls parents should be ashamed of themselves. The fact of the matter is katlyn was 17 & the other girl 15 when it started they just wanted to set up an child for failure. especially when the girl was 15, she confessed that it was consensual. Both persons willingly done stuff. Had it of been a guy in this case that 15 year olds parents probably wouldn’t have acted this way, but even if they did my opinion would still be the same. The fact is it was consensual & the person was 17 at the time it started.

  180. Dylan on July 20, 2014

    I believe that if you can’t accept your child/children for who they are and what they want to do with their own lives, then you don’t deserve to have children. This is not fair to Kaitlyn or her girlfriend. We live in a free country where everyone is free to feel for whatever and whomever they want.

  181. Just Me on July 22, 2014

    I’d find where the parents that pressed charges worked and have all my friends and family peacefully assemble in protest with signs and all the hoopla involved. I’d also have all the same people BOYCOTT said business and see what their employers think about the economic consequences their employees actions are having on the business. Everyone knows “money talks and bulls**t walks”

  182. Anp on October 24, 2014

    This is absolutely ridiculous ! I have lost respect for society no matter what the reason is for the people pressing these charges

    I was 17 in April and June started dating at 21/22 year old

    After that I was

    18 dating a 23 year old

    Then after that I was 19 dating a 24

    Three different men

    They were 4 years and two weeks , 4 years and 7 months , then 3 years and 11 months older than me

    Three different guys

    I’ve always preferred older guys I never dated anyone my age or younger . I could never see myself prosecuting either of them besides being of age even if I was younger this is another persons life at stake she’s only 18 and to me at 21 I still feel like a baby I can’t imagine how scary this is for her . To be punished because of love is an awful thing . These parents should be ashamed . They had months to do something about it. I will pray for your daughter that she comes out of this untouched by the flawed system .