As Hunter Day sat in her Oklahoma home, she may not have expected the cops to burst through the door. Little did Day know, though, that she had been under investigation for the messages she had sent to one of her high school students. And when details of those texts emerged, they revealed that Day had been embroiled in quite the dangerous situation.
Up until the police had intervened, however, the 22-year-old had been a chemistry teacher at Yukon High School in Oklahoma. She had only been in her position for weeks, in fact; originally, she had been leaning towards a career in medicine.
In an October 2017 interview with Oklahoma City-based station KWTV, though, Day revealed why she had changed her mind. Principally, it was because she had wanted to spend more time with her family. And her husband was on the Yukon High School staff, too, as an inside linebackers coach for the football team.
Furthermore, Day was one of the 100 teachers new to Yukon Public Schools – 40 of whom were also relatively inexperienced. “These emergency certified [teachers]… had a desire to come from something and help people,” Dr. Jason Simeroth, the superintendent of Yukon Public Schools, told KWTV.
Day herself admitted to having been apprehensive of teaching at first, however. She explained to KWTV, “I was worried that I wouldn’t be able to manage the kids, or that they would look at me and see how young I am and think, ‘Oh, well, you’re just a kid too and I don’t have to listen to you.’”
Day added to the station, “I think my biggest concern when I first traveled down this route was behavior management.” At the time of the KWTV interview, though, she had been at Yukon High School for a month. And, according to Day herself, she was settling into her new position.
“I think I like it more than I could have anticipated,” the young woman revealed. She added, “I definitely see teaching as something I could do forever – which is not something I would have said six months ago.”
Indeed, according to KWTV, Day was even intending to earn certification that would enable her to carry on teaching. Mere weeks after talking to KWTV, however, Day was being held in police custody. What’s more, her professional reputation had been thrown into serious disrepute.
What led to Day’s arrest? Well, the parents of a student at Yukon High School had begun to believe that he and Day were having an affair. Indeed, they had already found explicit messages and nude photographs on their son’s phone that seemed to point to this scenario.
And, by way of confirmation, the members of the teenager’s family requested that the Canadian County Sheriff’s Office thoroughly investigate the contents of the cell. So, the department duly examined the phone – and what law enforcement found allegedly confirmed the parents’ worst suspicions.
In particular, the sheriff’s office is said to have established that Day and the teenager had indeed had sex. What’s more, it found that the two had arranged another liaison for the afternoon of Wednesday, November 15. And it was after that discovery was made that a plan was hatched to catch Day in the act.
In short, investigators, posing as the student, got in touch with Day to ask if their planned tryst was still going ahead. The teacher would confirm that they were still meeting on the arranged date; she also requested that the young man get to her home quickly.
Then, when officials arrived at Day’s house, they sent a message to the 22-year-old saying, “I’m here.” Day replied, meanwhile, “The door’s unlocked as usual.” That was apparently the cue for law enforcement to enter the residence – perhaps leading Day to realize that she had not been texting her young lover after all.
Day herself was sat on the floor of her candle-lit living room, seemingly awaiting the student. And she would reportedly go on to admit her wrongdoing, revealing that she had sent the student images of herself wearing only her underwear. In addition, she alleged that she had also been sent explicit photographs of the teenager.
With that, Day was brought into custody and charged with second-degree rape, possession of child pornography and soliciting sex from a minor using technology, according to a Facebook statement by the Canadian County Sheriff’s Office. Her bond, meanwhile, was set at $85,000.
And in the Facebook post, Canadian County sheriff Chris West would comment on the situation, saying, “This is a classic case of a serious breach of public trust.” He added, “School teachers are entrusted to protect and educate our children, not to engage in an unlawful sexual relationship with them.”
In addition, Yukon Public Schools would go on to release its own official statement on the matter. In the announcement, it stated, “This behavior was representative of a very poor decision by a person entrusted with teaching our students.”
The press release continued, “The safety and well-being of our students is our number one priority. Yukon utilizes application references, interviewing protocols and state background checks prior to hiring any employee in the district in an effort to protect our students.”
However, it added, “None of these security checks revealed anything that would have alerted the district to the possibility of this event.” The district also revealed, “Yukon Public Schools is fully cooperating with local law enforcement officials during this ongoing investigation.”
And, understandably, Day herself was suspended from her post at Yukon High School after news of the Sheriff’s Office inquiry had come to light. If she is found guilty on one or more of the charges held against her, though, it’s likely that she’ll never teach again.