It’s a story older than time itself: Teacher finds out he’s dying, runs into old student selling methamphetamines and decides to become a Meth Kingpin to make money for his family before he croaks, except he ends up becoming an evil bastard.
Oh wait – I’m thinking of the whole jealous sibling, Cain vs. Abel thing. The meth story isn’t older than time, it’s the plot of AMC’s “Breaking Bad”. A show that is enjoyed for its acting and its drama factor as it is so not something that could ever happen in real life. Until it does.
Jennifer Krogman, a 40-year-old middle school dance, health, and physical education teacher at Clement Middle School was arrested at her home in July after police received a report that she tried to send some methamphetamines out of state according to Redlands, California police Lieutenant Travis Martinez.
When Krogman was arrested for on that charge she was also found in possession of methamphetamine, possession of marijuana and was under the influence of a stimulant, according to police.
Want to know what makes this even more ironic (take note Alanis Morissette)? Krogman posted an article on the school blog called “Taking Responsibility for our Actions” in 2010
I suppose in 2013, she no longer stands by this quote from the post “There are a wide variety of different things that happen every day in which we may have to accept personal responsibility. These can range from something as simple as admitting that we said something bad about another person to admitting that we were the person who ate all of those cookies.” Maybe it’s because she forgot to add “or as complicated as sending meth via the US Postal Service.”
She was following at least some of her advice. On her school web page she wrote “”The best way to become physically fit is to find an activity or sport that you enjoy and stick with it. Enthusiasm is everything!” It seems she was very enthusiastic about meth.
Her employer, the Redlands Unified School District has placed Krogman on paid administrative leave pending the “resolution of the criminal charges and the district’s internal investigation.”
I’m pretty sure that the resolution of the criminal charges will result in Krogman’s firing. I also earnestly hope that she gets help for her addiction problem and whatever issues got her involved with the meth industry to begin with.
I commented to someone the other day that one of the things that I appreciated about “Breaking Bad” was it in no way glorified the methamphetamine machine. There’s no fun, cool, criminal element. It’s a bunch of bad people, doing bad things in the disgusting squalor they call their life. Everyone is miserable. (Also something the makers of a blue meth resembling candy in New Mexico completely ignored.)
Maybe Krogman’s problem was that she had never seen “Breaking Bad”. If she had I doubt she would have ever started.