Florida high schooler expelled, arrested for same-sex relationship (UPDATED)

Kate Hunt  Credit: Facebook
Kaitlyn Hunt, 18, is charged with lewd and lascivious battery on a child.
Credit: Facebook

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.



News
Entertainment
Sports
Lifestyle
National

Mutant worms stay sober, even on alcohol

U.S. researchers have developed "mutant worms" that do not get drunk by alcohol, a breakthrough that could lead to new treatment for people trying to quit drinking

Local

K-9 nose helps capture $150K in cocaine at…

A furry, four-legged security agent helped authorities stop an illegal cocaine shipment from sneaking past JFK customs.

National

Minnesota man asked to leave Southwest flight after…

A man and his two sons were asked to leave a Southwest Airlines flight after the man sent a tweet complaining about being treated rudely by a gate agent.

National

Man sues hospital after surprise penis amputation

An Alabama man who went in to a hospital last month for a circumcision awoke after surgery to find his penis had been amputated, his lawyer said on Thursday.

Movies

Review: Brett Ratner's big 'Hercules' movie is small…

The latest "Hercules," starring Dwayne Johnson as the half-god beefcake of Greek myth, strips its hero and tale of most of its fantastical elements.

Arts

Scientists recreate world's smallest Monet copy

Scientists have reproduced a famous Impressionist painting using nano-printing, to create what has been described as the world's smallest work of art. Reworked at the…

Television

Jerry Seinfeld is ambidextrous, and other Reddit AMA…

See some of the weirder highlights of Jerry Seinfeld's recent Reddit AMA.

Going Out

Grab a pedestrian and start dancing at What…

As a New Yorker, I’ve mastered the art of focusing my gaze straight ahead. Though it occasionally piques my interest, the absurdities that play out…

U.S. Soccer

Orlando City takes shot at NYCFC over Frank…

Orlando City reminded the world how big a signing Brazilian star Kaka earlier this month with a photo of Kaka mobbed by fans juxtaposed against Lampard.

NBA

Jeremy Lin says 'Linsanity' is over as he…

Jeremy Lin lit up the NBA two years ago with his play for the Knicks but he has no desire to recreate "Linsanity" in his new career with the Lakers.

NFL

2014 NFL Fantasy Football Top 100 overall player…

2014 NFL Fantasy Football Top 100 overall player rankings

U.S. Soccer

NYCFC announce signing of Frank Lampard

The tease of a big signing Thursday by new MLS side NYCFC ended up being one rumored for weeks. England midfielder Frank Lampard agreed to…

Tech

Forget Wi-Fi: Li-Fi could be the future

Li-Fi technology – developed by Mexican company Sisoft – is wireless internet connectivity using specialized LED light.

Tech

Weather app Climendo might be the most accurate…

The wait for a truly accurate weather forecast could finally be over thanks to a nifty new app called Climendo.

Tech

Napkin Table puts focus off the phone and…

Michael Jan, a design student at Tunghai University in Taiwan, has invented a serviette-picnic blanket hybrid called the Napkin Table.

Style

Essie's new Color Boutique

Essie launches high-tech kiosks at major airports and malls across the country.