Ocala teacher accused of drowning raccoons during class

Ocala teacher accused of drowning raccoons during class

"Isn't there enough violence in schools?"

The student told the station a previous class had filled a trashcan with water, and that the students and teacher drowned the trapped raccoons in it.

Ateacher at a Forest High school in Florida was placed on administrative leave with pay Tuesday after students reported that he drowned two wild raccoons and a possum in a large garbage bin during a science class Monday.

A parent told Fox 35 she was "disgusted" when her son, a student in the Forest High School agricultural science class, brought home video of the incident she said he secretly recorded.

'It made me sick, ' the mother, who asked to remain anonymous, told WKMG.

In the interview with WKMG, the mother said the incident made her "sick to my stomach". "It's awful. It still does make me sick to my stomach", said the student's mother, who wanted to remain anonymous.

What did the raccoon do to deserve such awful treatment? In addition to holding down the drowning raccoons, the students and their instructor would use water hoses to spray the raccoons and opossum in the face in an effort to speed the drowning process.

"They finally took the cage out of the water, and they trapped it into another smaller cage, where the top of the cage would go down into the water", he said. "That one probably didn't do anything".

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One of the students showed the video to local journalists, which shows nightmarish for children the situation.

'I don't think that's the way to treat any animal, ' she said.

Although killing raccoons and opossums are not technically against the law, authorities have launched a full-scale investigation into the way in which the animals were killed in this instance. "They should have trapped the animal and had somebody take them and relocate the animals", she added.

Mr Brewton was placed on administrative leave while investigations are conducted. "While law enforcement determines whether this teacher's actions were legal or not, his actions before students are entirely unacceptable and cause us great concern".

Maier said the school district is "appalled" by the actions of the teacher.

"This is a man who would give everything he had to make sure that his children/students are taken care of", the Forest High School FFA Alumni Chapter said.

In March, a junior high biology teacher in Idaho reportedly fed a puppy to a snapping turtle in front of students.

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