Florida Teen Harrassed by School and Legal System for Being a Lesbian

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    May 18, 2013 2:56 PM GMT
    http://www.examiner.com/article/florida-teen-fights-expulsion-and-criminal-charges-for-same-sex-relationship

    And this is just another addition to the reasons I hate Florida sometimes.
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    May 18, 2013 2:58 PM GMT
    Bloody hell bit harsh.icon_eek.gif
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    May 18, 2013 3:33 PM GMT
    OP, your thread title Florida Teen Kicked Out of School for Being a Lesbian might be incorrect.

    On a quick read this doesn't look like a case of discrimination based upon sexual orientation. Though prejudice might be motivating the one set of parents to press charges, the school is bound by Florida law which would apply as much to hetero relatonships as gay one.

    a quick google brought up this:
    http://www.sexlaws.org/answer_board_question-sex_law_0
    Chapter 800.04 Lewd or lascivious offenses committed upon or in the presence of persons less than 16 years of age. Offenders are 18 years of age or older and victims are 12-16 years of age.

    Chapter 794 Unlawful sexual activity with certain minors Which involves a person 24 years of age or older being engaged in sexual activity with persons 16 or 17 years of age.

    (4) LEWD OR LASCIVIOUS BATTERY.--A person who:

    (a) Engages in sexual activity with a person 12 years of age or older but less than 16 years of age


    The girl's partner was 15.

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    May 18, 2013 3:36 PM GMT
    theantijock saidOP, your thread title Florida Teen Kicked Out of School for Being a Lesbian might be incorrect.

    On a quick read this doesn't look like a case of discrimination based upon sexual orientation. Though prejudice might be motivating the one set of parents to press charges, the school is bound by Florida law which would apply as much to hetero relatonships as gay one.

    a quick google brought up this:
    http://www.sexlaws.org/answer_board_question-sex_law_0
    Chapter 800.04 Lewd or lascivious offenses committed upon or in the presence of persons less than 16 years of age. Offenders are 18 years of age or older and victims are 12-16 years of age.

    Chapter 794 Unlawful sexual activity with certain minors Which involves a person 24 years of age or older being engaged in sexual activity with persons 16 or 17 years of age.

    (4) LEWD OR LASCIVIOUS BATTERY.--A person who:

    (a) Engages in sexual activity with a person 12 years of age or older but less than 16 years of age




    But during the majority of their relationship they were both minors. And let's be honest most parents would not have pressed charges if this was a heterosexual relationship. At the most these two are two years apart in actuality. The parents are just being vindictive because the girl is a lesbian. And this statue (I know because I've been there) only applies if they've been having sex and there's no way to prove they have.
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    May 18, 2013 3:46 PM GMT
    MisfitToy said
    theantijock saidOP, your thread title Florida Teen Kicked Out of School for Being a Lesbian might be incorrect.

    On a quick read this doesn't look like a case of discrimination based upon sexual orientation. Though prejudice might be motivating the one set of parents to press charges, the school is bound by Florida law which would apply as much to hetero relatonships as gay one.

    a quick google brought up this:
    http://www.sexlaws.org/answer_board_question-sex_law_0
    Chapter 800.04 Lewd or lascivious offenses committed upon or in the presence of persons less than 16 years of age. Offenders are 18 years of age or older and victims are 12-16 years of age.

    Chapter 794 Unlawful sexual activity with certain minors Which involves a person 24 years of age or older being engaged in sexual activity with persons 16 or 17 years of age.

    (4) LEWD OR LASCIVIOUS BATTERY.--A person who:

    (a) Engages in sexual activity with a person 12 years of age or older but less than 16 years of age




    But during the majority of their relationship they were both minors. And let's be honest most parents would not have pressed charges if this was a heterosexual relationship. At the most these two are two years apart in actuality. The parents are just being vindictive because the girl is a lesbian. And this statue (I know because I've been there) only applies if they've been having sex and there's no way to prove they have.


    I don't know what was or wasn't admitted to. The girls might very well have described their sexual activities. As both were minors in the beginning of the relationship, that might be an extenuating circumstance for a court to consider should charges go that far, but a school does not have judicial authority and so must act according to the law, which, as I said, is not discriminatory against gay people in this instance.

    Also, as I noted, regardless of the parent's motivation, your title is still wrong because the parents are not the school and the school is not the parents. You are taking one set of circumstances and applying them where they are not applicable. You're being prejudiced against Florida and the Florida school system with no reason and you are using a possibly homophobic parents' concerns (and they might not even be homophobic as far as we know, but simply that they don't want their 15 year old to have any sex at all, not odd for any parent) for their kid and projecting that upon a school which has no choice but to follow the law.
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    May 18, 2013 4:30 PM GMT
    That better?
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    May 19, 2013 7:37 AM GMT
    http://thinkprogress.org/lgbt/2013/05/18/2033281/florida-teen-expelled-charged-with-felony-over-lesbian-relationship/

    "Kaitlyn’s mother believes the charges were motivated by anti-gay animus:

    They were out to destroy my daughter, they feel like my daughter “made” their daughter gay. They are bigoted, religious zeolites [sic] that see being gay as a sin and wrong, and they blame my daughter. "
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    May 19, 2013 11:03 AM GMT
    She is very beautiful girl
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    May 19, 2013 12:53 PM GMT
    MisfitToy saidThat better?




    Not exactly.

    To be honest, according to the story, the kid is being harassed by one set of parents, for "lewd behaviour with a person 12-16", not for "being a lesbian".