There are a few ways to write about Kaitlyn Hunt and her #FreeKate zombies. One possibility I considered was showing the sheer excitement that those supporters seem to have about the celebrities who retweeted the Hunt family’s lies about their daughter’s alleged sexual assault of a minor.
But this is much more compelling. In the Free Kate Facebook group, zombie central, are docs supposedly expressing the feelings of Kaitlyn’s parents.
This one, “Letter from, Mom reaching out for help”, was posted or edited on May 20, on behalf of Kaityln’s mother, Kelley Smith-Hunt [emphasis mine].
They were both students in the same high school….
This was unusual for Kate, she has always dated boys, but being the kind of mother I am, I didn’t want to make it a big deal. I talked to her about it, and figured it was just a social thing, times have changed and a lot of kids are experimenting, so I didn’t make much of it.
Later, the letter continues:
The girls would hang out together at after school activities, I was there, I saw the other girls [sic] father there several times, he saw them together as well, so I assumed her family was aware of it and didn’t have any issues either.
There’s also a letter in the group docs posted Wednesday on behalf of Steven Hunt, Kaitlyn’s father, entitled “Letter from dad – reaching out for help”:
After the relationship [between Kaitlyn and the minor] started, the basketball coach approached her and said “Kaitlyn, can I talk to you? I heard you have something going on with ___________ on our team, and I can’t have that kind of drama on my team, I don’t allow it and I wouldn’t ever. So, I’m sorry, but playing on our team won’t work out for you.”
via Red Treehouse:
The Hunt family wants us to believe that everyone, including the 14 year old’s family, was absolutely fine with the relationship between the two girls. Kelley Hunt said in a statement that she “assumed” the 14 year old’s parents knew.
Would your reaction to this revelation– that your 14 year old was hanging out after school with an 18 year old classmate and teammate– automatically be to assume that they were in a relationship? Of course not. You have to question why Hunt’s parents would say the things that they are. Luckily, some people are.
Although written on a different topic, this applies here, too:
Loving parents wouldn’t encourage their kids to be resentful, dependent and amoral. They shouldn’t encourage their country to be that way.
— Lee Stranahan (@Stranahan) May 24, 2013
Hat tip to Ric the Magnificent for the Red Treehouse blog.
UPDATE: Hunt’s father wrote the letter in the Facebook group doc. The entire thing has been printed here.
UPDATE: Hunt’s mother’s letter via The Brevard Times.
UPDATE: In the mother’s own words, she doesn’t think that Kaitlyn’s a lesbian:
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.