Kaitlyn Hunt, Florida Teen, Arrested and Expelled From School For Gay Relationship UPDATED
"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."
Kelley Hunt explains that the girl's parents never approached her to speak about the relationship. Instead, they simply sent the cops to their home to arrest Kaitlyn -- a model student full of school spirit -- on felony charges.
Along with the frightening prospect of having Kaitlyn's life wrecked over a harmless high school relationship, the family has to deal with the bigotry that has come as a result of it.
The family claims Kaitlyn's little sister, who is also a student at Sebastian River High, has seen words like "rapist" and "child abuser" scrawled on the bathroom walls in reference to her big sister. The family has asked the school to have the words removed from the walls, but nothing has been done.
With the charges looming, Kaitlyn has been forced to put her future plans for college on hold. She's been offered a plea deal of two years under house arrest, in addition to a year of probation.
Kaitlyn Hunt, being treated like a common criminal, and having her once bright future compromised, all because of her girlfriend's parents' bigotry and lack of perspective.
This is where the "Stop The Hate" petition can help.
The petition, written to Indian County State Attorney, Bruce Colton, and Assistant State Attorney, Brian Workman, explains Kaitlyn's story, and pleads for understanding and for them to have the charges dismissed. The letter goes on to explain that the girls began dating when Kaitlyn was 17, and that the other girl's parents are blaming their daughter's homosexuality on Kaitlyn.
"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,'" the letter reads. "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."
You can sign the petition by going here.
You can also visit the family's Facebook page here.