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Hardin Co. High School Teacher Arrested on Drug Charge

By Cyndi Lundeberg
By clundeberg@wbbjtv.com

SAVANNAH, Tenn. - The details surrounding Natalie Hunt's Monday arrest are very limited. But some students at Hardin County High School said they are not surprised the Honors English teacher is in trouble.

"People were saying she did drugs all the time. Students said she'd keep them in her desk. Others said she kept them in her car and that's why she was always late for class," Hardin High student Alyssa Thichnor said.

Sakeena Or had Hunt for a teacher and said there were times Hunt would fall asleep in class, and said she caught her smoking cigarettes on campus.

"I like her and everything but she's a hypocrite," Or said.

According to the District Attorney General's Office, Hardin County High School's School Resource Officer searched Hunt's classroom and found drug paraphernalia as well as a syringe. Hunt faces charges of unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia. Or said this revelation is not news to anyone who frequents the campus.

"I don't care what anyone says. They knew she was doing drugs, everybody been talking about this . They talk about it everyday she doing drugs they could've stopped it," she said.

One parent said while her son was in Hunt's class, the same rumors of drug use circulated.

"They're here to teach our children, not to do drugs. I mean what they do on their own time is there business but don't bring it to school where a child could get a hold of it," she said.

The Hardin County School director declined to comment on Hunt's current employment or on her future with the school. Thichnor said she hopes the school will respond appropriately to Hunt's charges.

"If you're working with kids you should be more responsible than that," she said.

WBBJ 7 Eyewitness News attempted reached out to Hunt, for comment, but did not receive a response. She will be appear in court June 25.

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