Friday, May 24, 2013

Left Side of the Aisle #109 - Part 4

Outrage of the Week: Teenage girl charged with sex crime for dating another teenage girl

Now for our other regular feature, the Outrage of the Week. This one is also from Florida. It's not exactly late-breaking news, but I just heard about it because the family involved took it public last week.

Kaitlyn Hunt was an 18-year-old high school senior at Sebastian River High School in Sebastian River, Florida. She was highly respected, with good grades and participation in cheerleading, basketball, and chorus. She was even voted the student with “most school spirit.”

That is, until cops showed up at her family's home on February 16, handcuffed her, and arrested her on two felony counts of "lewd and lascivious battery on a child."

Her actual crime? She had a relationship with another girl, a 15-year-old teammate on the school's girls' basketball team. They started dating last fall. And the younger girl's parents just couldn't handle it. So they are, it appears, out to destroy Kaitlyn for "turning their daughter gay."

Kaitlyn's mother wrote in an statement that the other parents "never came to us as parents, never tried to speak to us and tell us they had a problem with the girls dating." Instead, they had her arrested as an accused sex criminal.

Then the other girl's parents tried to have Kaitlyn expelled. Despite the school administration's refusal and a judge's order allowing Kaitlyn to remain in school so long as the girls had no contact, the 15-year-old's parents successfully petitioned the school board to have Kaitlyn kicked out of school some weeks prior to graduation.

And now, the state attorney's office is pressuring Kaitlyn to take a plea deal which includes two years' house arrest and a year of probation, which not only would put her life on hold for a couple of years, it would remain on her adult record as a conviction and so greatly limit her career choices. In other words, the other girl's parents may not succeed in destroying Kaitlyn's life, but they may well succeed in severely damaging it.

Those parents are bigots, the school board that expelled Kaitlyn is made up of buffoons, the state attorney's office is populated with twits, dolts, and jackasses, and the whole thing is an outrage.


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