A Nashville teacher arrested last week after police found a marijuana grow operation at her East Nashville house was fired immediately by school administrators.
Natasha R. Kruithof, a 26-year-old fifth-grade teacher at LEAD Academy, a charter middle school, was arrested along with two others Thursday night when police allegedly found the grow operation in their home at 609 N. Second St.
Police were tipped off to the home after detecting a strong smell of marijuana.
They also allegedly found four guns.
According to LEAD Academy headmaster Jeremy Kane, Kruithof was terminated Friday.
“Although we do not know any more details than have been reported by the local news media, what is clear is that Ms. Kruithof has violated our school’s role model policy,” Kane said in a written statement.
Kruithof, her boyfriend Brian M. Day, 24, and her brother, David J. Kruithof, were charged with felony weapon possession, possession of drug paraphernalia 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.
Natasha Kruithof was released on $28,000 bond Friday morning. Her brother and Day were released after posting $27,000 bond.