ARKADELPHIA, Ark. — Last month, Henderson State University’s Reynolds Science Center building was evacuated and later closed after a staff member reported “an undetermined chemical odor” according to the Clark County Sherrif’s Department. Dr. Terry David Bateman, 45, Director of Research Chemistry and Dr, Bradley Allen Rowland, 40, Assistant Professor, were arrested for manufacturing methamphetamine and the use of drug paraphernalia after it was found that the professors had been making meth in the university science center.
Lemme tell you something, if you’re a chemistry teacher and the thought of becoming Walter White hasn’t crossed your mind at all, you’re a goddamn liar. Because it 10000% has. Every chemistry teacher on earth has, at one time or another since Breaking Bad debuted in 2008, thought about what it’d be like to say, “fuck it” and attempt to become one of the world’s biggest meth dealers. It’s simply impossible not to have that thought if you’re a high school or college chemistry teacher these days.
Obviously most of the teachers deny the dream of becoming a meth kingpin because of the colossally bad downside it presents. Crime, prison and eventual death are pretty much guaranteed when you decide to enter the world of dealing drugs on a large scale. But for some chemistry teachers the dream is simply too irresistible to pass up, like Terry Bateman and Bradley Rowland down in Arkansas. They got themselves drunk on the idea of becoming the next Heisenbergs and went for it…………only to end up in jail and ruining their lives in the process. Whoops!
But you know what? I actually commend them for giving it the ol’ college try. Yeah meth is bad and it ruins people’s lives and blah blah blah but every other cowardly chemistry teacher does nothing but dream about taking a shot at the meth game, Terry and Bradley played their hand, and lost BIG time, but at least they played. Much respect.