A high school teacher in Ocala, Florida, has been put on paid administrative leave after a student claimed he forced pupils to help drown two raccoons and an opossum during class and shared video of the incident.
In March, a junior high biology teacher in Idaho reportedly fed a puppy to a snapping turtle in front of students. When the student arrived home, he showed the video to his mother who had the following to say to WKMG-TV about Ocala teacher Dewey Brewton and that day's agriculture class activities.
"Some students were left with nightmares after the sixth-period agricultural science class", a student told Channel 9. "It's bad. It still does make me sick to my stomach", she said, according to Channel9.
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"It made me sick". She also said that her son "hid his phone and watched as they filled these trash cans full of water, and held these raccoons down in trash cans in the cages". The students gathered around the bin to watch, and assist, as the penned animals drowned. "That one probably didn't do anything". "MR DEWIE BREWTON ALL THE WAY", Georgette Schonnman added.
"I don't think that's the way to treat any animal", she said.
According to the agency's website, wildlife animals that are considered a nuisance can be caught using live traps, snares or firearms during daylight hours and where they're allowed. Those findings will be presented to officials with the state attorney's office, who will decide if criminal charges are appropriate.
The mother of a Forest High School student wanted to remain anonymous, but she didn't want her story to. He has worked as the school's Future Farmers of America adviser since 2006, according to his biography page on the school's website.More news: NAFTA deal unlikely this week, but negotiations continue, Mexico says
The agriculture teacher warned any students that taking photographs or videos of the event would be punished with a referral, indicating that the teacher knew what he was was, at the very least, displaying questionable teaching methods. "He has spent late nights, weekends and has provided around the clock support for his club and for his school". He has always gone above and beyond his call of duty to ensure that his students had everything they needed'.
The group said it was "100% behind" Brewton and asked for everyone involved in the incident to focus on his positive contributions to students.
The chapter also criticized coverage of the incident, saying the media will "escalate" the situation "to lengths that are unnecessary".More news: Missing CWG athletes resurface, want asylum in Australia