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Teacher finds meth lab remnants on Tennessee playground, authorities say

A Tennessee teacher discovered the remnants of a mobile methamphetamine lab on a playground when she took her class out for recess, WSMV.com reported.

"Meth-making material that was part of a shake-and-bake meth lab was discovered on the school playground," Sgt. Kyle Evans, Murfreesboro, Tenn.,  police spokesman, told WSMV.

Children did not come in contact with the drug-making paraphernalia -- a soda bottle and plastic tubing -- but the area was decontaminated as a precaution, WSMV said. No drugs were found inside the bottle, which had a hole poked in the top.

According to the report, one of the ingredients used to prevent grass from growing in the mulch can also be used to make meth.


"To the best of my knowledge, this is the first time we've had anything like this happen on one of our campus," Lisa Trail, Murfreesboro City Schools spokeswoman, told WSMV. "We hope it's the last time, but this is a learning experience."

Police said they have no leads yet as to who left the materials at the playground, News Channel 5 reported.

"Our teacher and our assistant principal handled it wonderfully," Trail told News Channel 5. "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."

The Mitchell Neilson Primary School in Murfreesboro is home to kindergarten, first grade and second grade students, according to News Channel 5.

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