Chemistry Teachers Who Are Also ‘Breaking Bad’ Fans And One Known As Heisenberg Arrested For Running Meth Lab

Two chemistry teachers were also meth dealers in Arkansas, sounding like the plot of Breaking Bad.

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Once again, life imitates art after chemistry teachers are busted running a meth lab. The Breaking Bad IRL situation happened at the Henderson State University in Arkansas where two chemistry professors were arrested on charges of manufacturing methamphetamine and use of drug paraphernalia.

Bradley Allen Rowland, 40, and Terry David Bateman, 45, were arrested by the Clark County Sheriff’s Department on Friday afternoon for allegedly manufacturing meth. The Walter White fanatics may have even been to brazen to cook inside Henderson State University in Arkadelphia.

On October 8, the school’s Reynolds Science Center was closed for three weeks due to an “undetermined chemical odor,” and opened on October 29 after passing an EPA inspection. An investigation was launched, and tests found benzyl chloride, a chemical that can be used to synthesize methamphetamines.

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Both professors were placed on administrative leave on October 11, and taken into custody on November 15. The Arkadelphia police and an Arkansas narcotics task force were involved in the investigation of the meth-making professors.

If only there had been some kind of warning sign. Oh wait, there absolutely was. In the school newspaper, the Oracle Online, Rowland expressed how much he loved Breaking Bad and was proclaimed to be “Henderson’s Heisenberg” by the paper.

“I thought it was a great show,” Rowland said of the AMC TV show about a chemistry teacher becoming a drug kingpin. “It was spot on and accurate when it came to the science, and, it has gotten a younger, newer generation interested in chemistry. I feel like it was a wonderful recruiting tool.”

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