Florida high schooler expelled, arrested for same-sex relationship (UPDATED)
Kaitlyn Hunt, the 18-year-old Florida teen that was expelled from school and arrested for having a same-sex relationship with a girl from her school broke her silence.
“I’m scared of losing the rest of my life, not being able to go to college, and be around kids, and my sisters, and my family,” Hunt told a group of reporters outside Sebastian River High School in Sebastian, Fla., where authorities say the relationship started.
At one point during the press conference Hunt broke down crying and clung to her parents.
“I’m just scared and hoping for the best,” she said.
Hunt’s attorney, Julia Graves, told reporters that the charges against Hunt are a life sentence for behavior by teenagers that is “all too common.”
“High school relationships may be fleeting, but felony convictions are forever,” Graves said. “For someone who is an honor student, a cheerleader, played varsity basketball, [and has] never been in trouble – it just seems extremely inappropriate to push the felony charges.”
Metro’s original story below:
A young Florida woman was expelled and then arrested after continuing a same-sex relationship with another girl from her high school.
Kaitlyn Hunt is an 18-year-old senior from Indian River County, Fla. She is facing felony charges for being involved in a sexual relationship with another girl at her school.
The romance began when Hunt was 17 and the other girl involved was 14.
When Hunt’s girlfriend’s parents found out about the relationship, they went to the police to report it and press charges.
Hunt was arrested and charged with two counts of felony lewd and lascivious batter on a child 12-16.
According to Florida law, the age of consent is 18. Hunt’s mother believes the situation has little to do with that and is more so about homophobia.
“They are out to destroy my daughter, because they feel like she ‘made’ their daughter gay. They see being gay as wrong and they blame my daughter. Of course, I see it 100% differently. I don’t see or label these girls as gay. They are teenagers in high school experimenting with their sexuality – with mutual consent. And even if their daughter is gay, who cares? She is still their daughter.”
Hunt’s school, Sebastian River High School, where she was voted Student with the Most School Spirit, has also taken action against her. She was kicked off the school’s basketball team by the coach in order to avoid “drama.” In addition, following pressure from Hunt’s girlfriend’s parents, the school board voted to expel Hunt.
Hunt’s little sister, who also goes to the school, has seen comments such as “rapist,” “child abuser” and “criminal” written about Hunt on the bathroom walls.
Hunt is now faced with two options. She can accept Assistant State Attorney Brian Workman’s plea deal, which would require her to admit to a felony, spend two years under house arrest and possibly end up on the sex offender registry for life; or go to trial. She has until the end of the week to decide.
In the meantime, Hunt’s family launched a petition to “Stop the hate. Free Kate.” As of Monday afternoon, the petition had 59,000 supporters.