Meth lab chemical contamination is a public health risk, that isn’t limited to homes, vehicles, the outdoors, and other buildings where meth has been manufactured. Meth lab chemical particles are showing up in places, you might not expect. Take schools, for instance. If there’s one place that meth lab contamination shouldn’t be it’s in the public and private institutions that educate our children. Yet, schools and daycare programs are no stranger, where meth or meth contamination is concerned. How many children are being diagnosed with ADHD or ADD or allergies or suffering from worsening asthma or allergy symptoms because of their exposure to methamphetamine in their school environment?
Stow Ohio: Meth lab chemical odors coming from 6th grade student and a tip by a concerned citizen result in discovery of a meth lab home
A tip from a concerned citizen to a guidance counselor at the Lakeview Intermediate School a report by a school employee to a DARE officer at the school led to the discovery of an active meth lab and meth making materials at the child’s home. The child reportedly smelled like meth lab chemicals. A search of the child’s home at 1842 Lillian Rd, confirmed that the student and 4 other children (ages 2, 8, 9, and 11) had been living with two adults that were making meth inside the home. Police discovered meth making ingredients in the basement of the home and also in the garage. All of the children were placed in state custody for their own safety, a site disturbing to a neighbor who witnessed the 2 year old being removed from the home and placed in a van.
On February 19th , the Summit County Drug Unit received information that a Stow school had contacted the Stow Police Department regarding a 12 year old student that came to school with the odor of chemicals. There was a suspicion that methamphetamine was being manufactured in the child’s home.
Subsequently, the Summit County Drug Unit conducted a search at a Stow residence. An active one-pot (Shake and Bake) methamphetamine lab, chemicals, and lab components were found in the basement of the residence. Methamphetamine waste and other related items were found in the attached garage.
Jason Little, age 37 and Brandi Little, age 28 both of Stow, were arrested and charged with Illegal Manufacturing of Methamphetamine in the Vicinity of a Minor, Illegal Assembly of Chemicals/Components for the Manufacturing of Methamphetamine in the Vicinity of a Minor, and Endangering Children. Both individuals were booked into the Summit County Jail. Five children, ages 2, 8, 9, 11, and 12 were taken into custody by Summit County Children’s Services.
Murfessboro, TN: A shake and bake meth lab is found on an elementary school playground
A shake-and-bake meth lab found on an elementary school playground was removed by a teacher, who didn’t know what it was. The teacher reportedly took the bottle and the tubing attached to it to the assistant principal’s office, who then called the school resources officer to relocate it to a safe area to await pickup by a Hazmat team.
School officials surmise that a meth cook may have gone to the school to use some of the rock salt that maintenance workers were using as a weed and grass killer. According to WSMV Nashville, “parents arrived at dismissal to find police cars and crime tape around the playground closest to West Clark Boulevard and left to wonder what was going on”. The safety of their children was naturally a concern. Stephany Chivers, a parent, wondered, “Prior to it being found, how do they know no other child was exposed to it?”
Roswell, Georgia: Kindergarten teacher aide hid her meth pipe at school
A kindergarten teacher’s aide got fired after her meth pipe was discovered in a bathroom at the school. She said she never smoked meth, while she was at work. A parent at the school said “I choose to believe it was a one-time incident”.
Texas: Reno Elementary school teacher brought meth to school
A 46 year old, third grade teacher kept meth wrapped in tin foil inside her purse. She told police that she had been using meth “on and off” before going to work over the last 7 years. Another teacher at the school reported that the meth-using teacher had given a “stay clean” drug speech for students of the school. She reportedly said, ‘don’t do drugs. It’s bad for your system and if you do, you’ll get caught”. She reportedly told investigators that she had been buying $60 every week for the last 7 years.
Cass County, Texas: Jr. High chemistry teacher sold meth to undercover cop
William Duncan, 42, a high school chemistry teacher who worked at the Mae Luster Stephens Junior High School, was arrested after a 5 month long investigation that culminated in his arrest, after he sold meth to an undercover cop in the school’s parking lot.
San Francisco, California: Police find meth and date rape drug in home of elementary school principal
A police dog named Zeus and a police investigation of an elementary school principal revealed that an elementary school principal led a secret life involving methamphetamine and date rape drugs, computers, online meetings with gay men, and hidden cameras. Two of those cameras were housed in a cigarette lighter and a hanger. The location of a another camera was concerning to investigators. That camera was found inside of a teddy bear.
According to Mercury News and police reports, cell phone text messages sent by Principal Eric Lews Lewis to an uncover cop, included inviting the police investigator to get together with him to “blow some clouds”, bringing some “bomb”, both of which are slang terms for methamphetamine, and discussing the sale of meth. Inside the school principal’s home, Zeus helped police discover an array of illegal drugs and paraphernalia including a quarter-ounce of meth, vials of the date rate drug, plastic baggies, a syringe, and a scale that contained meth residue.
Alabama – 5th grade teacher arrested for possession of methamphetamine and amphetamine
A fifth grade teacher at Headland Elementary School, who had been teaching for 13 years, was arrested on two felony counts of unlawful possession of a controlled substance (amphetamine and methamphetamine). In 1987, she was charged with cocaine possession.
Massachusetts – A Boston University professor and her son were accused of making meth in their home.
Grigory Kristy was charged with manufacturing meth in the home that he shared with his mother, a professor who taught at both Boston University and Suffolk University for several years. According to a report by Wicked Local Somerville, “A Drug Enforcement Administration agent’s rundown of evidence gathered describes the Oxford Street home awash in suspected meth-making materials – solvents, cold medicine, and reactive liquids in old Snapple bottles.There were so many chemicals around the second floor apartment that Corn Flakes and “other dry food items” were being stored in the refrigerator.” Despite the fact that the house reportedly contained alot of chemicals, the professor claimed she had no knowledge that her son was making meth in the house. A judge apparently agreed with her. Charges against the professor were dropped.
California – Chula Vista high school teacher arrested for meth possession
A 32 year old, Castle Park High School biology teacher was arrested for possessing 3.55 grams of methamphetamine, a fact she failed to tell her co-workers and students when she continued to teach classes during the week following her arrest.
Foxdfw: Cops: Teacher brought meth to school
Private Officer News – Headland elementary teacher arrested on drug charges.
Dothan Eagle – Headland teacher arrested on meth charges resigns
Wicked Local Sommerville – Mother and son suspected of cooking, selling meth in Somerville.