A now 18-year-old high school student in Florida is being prosecuted for being in a lesbian relationship with a 15-year-old.
Kaitlyn Hunt was charged with a felony and expelled from Sebastian River High School.
Hunt began a consensual sexual relationship with her classmate earlier in the school year. At that time, Hunt was still 17-years-old and dating her girlfriend who is three years younger.
Only a few days after her 18th birthday, Hunt was arrested and charged with “lewd and lascivious battery on a child 12–16 years of age” and expelled from her school, as stated on her change.org “Stop the Hate, Free Kate” petition, which has gained 75,163 signatures of support.
“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… because she has a girlfriend who is 15,” Kaitlyn’s mother wrote on the petition.
She continued, “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.”
If Hunt decides “no plea” she will face “two years house arrest and one year probation” says Hunt’s mother who explained her daughter’s potential sentence. However, she still has a few days to decide if she wants a trial, which could lead to jail time.
“They were out to destroy my daughter, they feel like my daughter ‘made’ their daughter gay. They are bigoted, religious zeolites [sic]that see being gay as a sin and wrong, and they blame my daughter,” said Hunt’s mother as reported by ThinkProgress.