Two Arkansas chemistry teachers have been arrested and accused of making methamphetamine inside the college, where they teach.
Terry David Bateman, 45, and Bradley Allen Rowland, 40, are both associate professors of chemistry at Henderson State University in Arkadelphia, Arkansas, who were taken into custody Friday afternoon, according to a news release from the sheriff’s department.
The arrests came after the university’s science center was closed on October 8, following a report of a chemical odor coming from the building. The call was made by Tina Hall, the university’s associate vice president of marketing and communications. CNN reports that the building was reopened on October 29 after the on-call environmental service department completed remediation work that included air filtering systems and temporarily removed some windows to help ventilation, Hall said. However, she would not give full details on what exactly was found after the chemical reports, nor would she disclose if the men were making meth inside the school.
The two have been placed on administrative leave and face charges of manufacturing methamphetamine and using drug paraphernalia. Both are expected to appear in Clark County District Court for their formal charging once a decision is made by the prosecutor. Authorities are still conducting the investigation.