West Virginia School Shut Down; Traces of Meth All Over

| by Mark Berman Opposing Views

A West Virginia high school has been shut down after investigators found traces of methamphetamine all over the building.

The New York Daily News reports that the principal and a teacher at the Boone County Career and Technical Center in Danville were arrested this spring for allegedly making the drug. The health department conducted testing over the summer. 

Principal Keith Phipps reportedly admitted that he and Jack Turley smoked meth in the school. It's not clear if they cooked it there, too.

The building was closed on Monday after traces of meth were found in the principal's office, air ducts, hallways and bathrooms.

"To our knowledge, this is unprecedented in West Virginia public schools," Boone County Schools Superintendent John Hudson said. "We are appalled that anything like this could happen on school property and are taking immediate steps to protect our students and other school staff."

The Charleston Mail said only about 12 students and five employees were at the school as the testing was going on. Officials said it's unlikely that the building will be ready for the beginning of school in late August.