Local middle-school teacher busted for growing marijuana

Friday, September 17, 2010 at 9:16am
Staff Reports

Police officers on patrol in East Nashville, tipped off to a strong smell of marijuana, wound up discovering a grow operation at the home of a Nashville school teacher.  

The smell led officers to 609 N. Second Street, the home of LEAD Academy teacher Natasha R. Kruithof, 26, her brother David J. Kruithof, 24, and her boyfriend Brian M. Day, 27. There, around 11 p.m. Thursday, police said they found the grow operation in the upstairs portion of the home, as well as four guns. 

Natasha Kruithof is a fifth-grade teacher at LEAD Academy on Heiman Street. 

All three were charged with felony weapon possession, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of drug paraphernalia used for manufacturing drugs, and having a controlled substance in a drug-free school zone. 

Natasha Kruithof was also charged with possession of a controlled substance. She was released on $28,000 bond Friday morning. Her brother and Day were also released after posting $27,000 bond. 

The trio is due in court next Wednesday. 

8 Comments on this post:

By: earlyx on 9/17/10 at 11:13

That's nice Clark,,,real nice...

By: pepaw on 9/17/10 at 1:22

Let me get this straight. A 'Metro School Teacher', is charged with being a party to illegal drug activities, including actually raising the drugs in her place of residence, and the Metro Judical System, let her out on bond in the amount of just $28,000.
What on God's Green Earth was the Metro Judge on to allow this to happen? There was proof positive that that issue was an intentional act to break every drug law in Nashville, Tn., and add to the usage problems, and intentionally did so without regards to the Children of not only Metro Davidson County directly, but surrounding counties, possibly statewide.
Has our judicial system digressed that much? Is 'Common Sense' totally "IGNORED"? I see an opportunity for the charged individuals to seek a disappearing act. Allowing their corupption to become a burden to "SOMEONE" else, "SOMEWHERE" else!
If our Judicial caretakers had rather put their responsibilites off on someone else, "We the People" don't want them in our Judicial System. PERIOD!

By: District 8 on 9/17/10 at 2:24

No, pepaw, you didn't get this straight. A 'Metro School Teacher' was NOT charged with being a party to illegal drug activities. However, a teacher from LEAD Academy, a charter school, was charged. Charter schools are paid with public money, but have their own governing boards. This teacher is NOT an employee of MNPS.

By: localboy on 9/17/10 at 2:45

Is it LEED Academy or LEAD Academy? I've seen stories spelling it both ways...

By: greeneyedlady513 on 9/17/10 at 3:09

localboy: It is neither LEED or LEAD...it is WEED Academy!

By: mother03 on 9/17/10 at 7:16

Even though this teacher is with a Charter school, she is still under the rules, guidelines and supervision on Metro Schools.
She had a DUI in 2007 on her record and did a fingerprint analysis with MNPS to be hired. This is still on her record an they allowed her to work at LEAD Academy Charter School.
There are people who have tried to work for charter schools, high schools and the like in MNPS however they have been told that if they have a record and it is not expunged that until it is, they can no longer work for MNPS until their record is clear. This teacher has been with this school for over 3yrs with a record, but she still was able to work.
The issue is MNPS can be 'bullies' at times and only deal with, hire and employ who they want to.
This teacher had a moral and ethical obligation to be a "leader" to these children and now she has let them down. As you can see.....MNPS had yet to comment because they know they have been discriminatory to other employees and kept who they wanted to keep!

By: global_citizen on 9/17/10 at 9:11

To District 8, on the upside, as a teacher at a charter school, she has been fired already. As it should be.

Had she been a teacher at a regular public school, she would have surely been on the public payroll collecting a paycheck paid by taxpayers for a year or more while the administrative process to dismiss her would slowly grind on.

By: Free them on 9/21/10 at 11:05

Let them go. Seriously it's weed, drinking a beer in front of your kids is more of a bad influence. It's not like they were selling to the kids. And the guns are for if some bad guy bust in their house and maybe she is doing it because teachers get paid shit. Anyone who thinks they're bad is ignorant. The only reason marijuana is illegal is because of yellow journalism and the government doesn't have huge money ties with it. So pull your head out your ass and look At what really happened, they grew nature in there house for extra money. But hmm I guess there bad considering god said all seed bearing plants are for mans use. O wait I'm sure you all knew that and to keepIng marijuana illegal is criminal. It has so many uses. The real criminals are the ones in the government and pharmaceuticals(?). Open your eyes free them and all marijuana "criminals"!