'Mobile' Meth Lab Discovered At Murfreesboro Elementary School
Mitchell Nielson Primary School.
Shake and Bake Meth Bottle Discovered
Firefighters Clean Playground Equipment
by Emily Luxen
MURFREESBORO, Tenn. - Police were searching for the person responsible for bringing remnants of a mobile meth lab to a school playground.
Officials with the Murfreesboro Police Department said a teacher found an empty soda bottle and tubing on the playground of Mitchell Nielson Primary School. The school has kindergarten, 1st grade and 2nd grade students.
The teacher became suspicious of the bottle, and not knowing what it was, took it to the school D.A.R.E officer. The officer quickly identified it as a mobile "shake and bake" meth lab.
"Our teacher and our assistant principal handled it wonderfully," said Lisa Trail, spokesperson for Murfreesboro City Schools. "We did reach out to our parents, to let them know in advance what was found here, and how it's been taken care of."
Officials said no drugs were found inside the bottle and none of the children ever came into contact with it. The Murfreesboro Fire Department was called to the school to decontaminate the playground equipment as well as the teacher's desk.
Sergeant Kyle Evans said it was the first time something like this has happened at the school.
"Anytime you have meth, it is a very serious issue," said Evans. "When you add a school, and someone doing this recklessly on a school playground, it makes it that much worse."
Police have not yet determined if the meth was made on the school playground or if someone simply threw the bottle into the grounds.
Officers have encouraged anyone with information on the case to call the Criminal Investigations Division of the Murfreesboro Police Department.