Same sex discrimination can pop up anywhere among any age group for any reason and now it’s popped up in an unlikely situation in a high school.
Kaitlyn Hunt has been forced out of Sebastian River High School after having a same sex relationship with another teenage girl that was under age. Hunt is 18, and her girlfriend is 15, which left Hunt facing two felony counts of “lewd and lascivious battery on a child 12 to 16,” according to the Huffington Post.
The family of the 15-year-old pressed the issue and tried to have Hunt, who is a senior, expelled.But a judge ordered that she could continue at the school as long as there was “no contact” between the two. The 15-year-old’s family was not happy with that and was able to petition the school board and have Hunt removed just weeks before graduation.
The relationship was consensual according to Kaitlyn’s mother, Kelley Hunt-Smith. She wrote in a statement posted to Facebook:
“…They were out to destroy my daughter. [They] feel like my daughter ‘made’ their daughter gay.”
Hunt-Smith did not take her daughter’s expulsion lightly and has started a petition through Change.org that urges the Indian River County State Attorney’s Office to stop her daughter from being prosecuted. The petition has garnered nearly 150,00 signatures. What do you think? Do you think she should be prosecuted for statutory rape or are they calling it statutory gay influence? As of yesterday, the charges are not being dropped. Prosecutors do not care about the public outrcry, according to CBS. Read more here.