Transcript for University chemistry professors accused of making meth
And now we turn to that real-life "Breaking bad." Two Arkansas chemistry professors arrested accused of making meth in their classroom and will reeve has the story and how they were caught. Good morning, will. Reporter: Good morning, Michael. These men were under investigation after reports of a strange odor coming from a lab revealed a high level of a chemical found in meth. Remarkly one already had a nickname inspired by "Breaking bad" and said the show would entice students to study chemistry. Now the two professors are under arrest. It's real life imitating art. Two "Breaking bad" wanna-be professors busted for creating a meth lab in a university classroom in Arkansas. This is art, Mr. White. Actually it's just basic chem city, but thank you, Jessie. I'm glad it's acceptable. Reporter: Police say they arrested doctors Terry David Bateman and Bradley Rowland from Henderson state university Friday following an investigation done in conjunction with school police. Hsu telling ABC news that someone reported an undetermined chemical odor which it says after testing, quote, indicated an elevated presence of benzyl chloride in a laboratory. A molecular compound scientists say could be used in creating the drug. I saw your setup. Ridiculous. You and I will not make garbage. Reporter: This is where we give our undergraduate students the opportunity to get in the lab and do some real hands-on work. Bateman seen here in this promotional video on the YouTube page has been teaching at the school for over a decade. According to his school bio he's always been have the in pharmaceuticals. Rowland on staff for five years was nicknamed Henderson heisenberg by the school paper admits he was a fan of the hit show and crediting "Breaking bad's" success with students more interested in chemistry saying I feel like it was a wonderful recruiting tool. Both placed on administrative leave and under investigation. The university says it is cooperating with authorities, police say the criminal investigation is ongoing. The men will face a judge pending formal charging decisions by the koungty prosecutor. Will, teaching tool. I guess so. You could put it that way but best to be avoided. Certainly was a teachable moment. Yes, it certainly was. Thank you, will.
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