Chemistry Teacher Mimics Breaking Bad

By McCarton Ackerman 09/18/12

A Texas junior high teacher, not content to use his chemistry for good, is busted for selling meth.

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Sometimes life imitates...Breaking Bad. The AMC show follows the exploits of Walter White, a mild-mannered chemistry teacher who becomes a ruthless meth dealer to support his family after being diagnosed with terminal cancer. But yesterday, real-life chemistry teacher William Duncan was arrested in the rural town of Linden, Texas, after selling homemade meth to undercover officers in the parking lot of the junior high school at which he taught, moments before the school bell rang to start the day. The arrest came after a five-month investigation into crystal meth sales in the area. Although police don't believe Duncan ever sold meth to students, they think he used the school's parking lot as his primary location to distribute the drug. "We were surprised. I've known him for a long time and I'd have never thought it," says Linden Police Chief Alton McWaters. "He's real upset about what he's done. But as I told him, I've got to do my job—and you've got to go to jail." Police also found a stash of meth in Duncan's van—the teacher told them he used the drug to help with physical pain. This isn't the first eerie resemblance to Breaking Bad to emerge: An Alabama man named Walter White was arrested last month for cooking meth. He's now in an outpatient treatment facility.

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McCarton Ackerman is a freelance writer and editor living in Portland, Oregon. He has been a contributor for The Fix since October 2011, writing on a wide range of topics ranging from medical marijuana in Colorado to the world's sexiest drug smugglers. Follow him on Linkedin and Twitter.