Wake Ed

Wake County teacher’s arrest draws ‘Breaking Bad’ comparisons

Last week’s arrest of a Wake County teacher on charges of running a meth lab in her home has sparked a number of “Breaking Bad” comparisons.

“Breaking Bad” was a popular television show about Walter White, a cash-strapped teacher who turns to meth dealing. In the Wake County case, Wendell Elementary School teacher Lori Riley Whitley and her husband were arrested late Thursday on multiple charges that include manufacturing methamphetamine; conspiracy: maintaining a dwelling; and possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute.

“Elementary school teacher 'led a Breaking Bad-style double-life running a meth lab with her husband' at their home they shared with their eight-year-old son,” reads the online headline for the article in the Daily Mail, a British newspaper.

Sky News, a 24-hour British news channel, says in its online article that “a US primary school teacher was living a Breaking Bad-style double life by operating a methamphetamine lab at her home, police say.”

Similar comparisons to “Breaking Bad” have popped up on other online articles and websites as the arrest has made international headlines.

Whitley, a third-grade teacher at Wendell Elementary since 2002, remains suspended with pay while the Wake County school system conducts its own investigation.