But for young people in Arizona, the legal consequences of forbidden sexual activity can be completely life-shattering.
Sadly, all it takes to turn a teenage romance into a nightmare that never ends is a single complaint to the police from an angry parent or a jilted boyfriend or girlfriend.
Former boyfriend Daniel Byrd was lying in wait as Kaity walked home from school that day.
The Kid's mine is raided and two of his friends are killed and he learns that Dick and Virginia are the culprits...
Warner Baxter does a bang up job as the Arizona Kid. The character actors that come in and out of scenes briefly are all great.
One in three teens reports being a victim of dating violence or being violent toward a date, according to the American Psychological Association.
Discussions of situational awareness [knowing what’s going on around you], abuse prevention and setting boundaries for romantic and physical relationships are key.
“This is more than I can handle,” she recalls thinking, after an officer asked for a picture of her 17-year-old daughter Kaity.
Sudberry called her husband, Ric, home from the office, and a detective told them together that Kaity had been killed.She and her husband, Seth, have two children: Owen (10) and Elsie (5). We hold our kids’ hands when they cross the street, tell them how far they can ride their bikes and watch them swim in the pool. Establishing acceptable curfews, transportation choices, destinations and activities gives a framework for safe dating.We won’t go on dates with them when that time comes, but they will still need our advice and guidance. Parents may want to begin by allowing activity-based, group outings instead of private, isolated situations.When children respect basic boundaries, it is easier to assume they will make other good decisions.But when the basic rules are violated, increased supervision—or separation—may become necessary.One in three girls is the victim of teen dating violence — physical, emotional or verbal abuse from a dating partner — according to Sojourner Center in Phoenix.