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