In the midst of more allegations of sexual misconduct surrounding our public officials and those in the entertainment industry, recently a couple of stories regarding female teachers having sexual relationships with underage students have come to light.
The first story involves Hunter Day, a twenty-two-year-old chemistry teacher at Yukon High School in Yukon, Oklahoma. The boy whom she had a relationship with had begun showing changes in his personality, which led to his parents becoming suspicious. They then looked through his cell phone, and upon finding erotic text messages from his teacher, notified the sheriff’s department. After learning that their son and his teacher had planned a sexual rendezvous that very day, deputies went to Day’s home, using the boy’s cell phone to text her the message “I’m here”, in which Day (thinking it was her student) left the door unlocked. When the deputies entered the house, they found her sitting on the living room floor with the lights and surrounded by lit candles, wearing a t-shirt and workout shorts. She then confessed to what she had done and was arrested.
The second story involves twenty-three-year-old Katherine Ross Ridenhour, a family consumer and science teacher at Cox Mill High School in Concord, North Carolina. She was arrested for having a sexual relationship with a seventeen-year-old male student. At this time, it is unclear as to how the authorities learned of the relationship between Ridenhour (who was also a junior varsity cheerleading couch) and her student.
There have been many cases of teachers (both male and female) being arrested for have sexual relationships with their students. But what makes these two cases unique is that both Day and Ridenhour have not been teaching for very long (given their ages). In addition, both of these teachers were married.
It is unclear as to why both of these women chose to engage in both adultery and pedophilia at the same time. Both women attended Christian colleges (Day attended Oklahoma Baptist University and Ridenhour attended Liberty University), and both of them appear to have come from good homes prior to getting married. Perhaps both of them had a desire to have an affair, even if it was with a minor.
Perhaps they even embraced liberal values while attending college (note: even Christian colleges have their share of liberalism) which would include having a lack of morals, especially when it comes to sex.
Whatever their motives were, one thing is clear: they chose to throw their lives away (marriage, career, freedom) for their actions.
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