Florida teacher investigated after animals allegedly drowned in class

Marsha Scott
May 17, 2018

The mother of the student who filmed Brewton's class said her son was in tears when he revealed what had happened to the two raccoons in agriculture class on Monday.

"We received statements that the teacher drowned multiple animals in front of students, and with student participation, because the animals were nuisance animals to the ag program at the school", school district spokesman Kevin Christian told the newspaper.

The raccoon drownings took place at Forest High School in Ocala, Florida.

"For all you that don't know the man he is such a great person as one of his students I can personally at that he has gone above and beyond for not only me but to anyone that has ever come up to him and asked for his help. It's bad. It still does make me sick to my stomach", the woman said.

'[My son] knew while it was happening that it was wrong, so he did it anyway and stood behind people hiding, taking pictures and videos, ' she said.

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A freshman student told WFTV that the raccoons were killed because they had killed several chickens. "They should have trapped the animal and had somebody take them and relocate the animals", she added.

"While law enforcement tells us the teacher may not have done anything illegal, his actions before students are certainly questionable". 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.

The teacher remains on administrative leave while the investigations continue. "The district is determining the status of the teacher at this moment", a spokesperson said.

"While the district conducts its own investigation, we are now aware two additional agencies are also investigating - the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission and the Florida Department of Health". Those findings will be presented to officials with the state attorney's office, who will decide if criminal charges are appropriate. "He has spent late nights, weekends and has provided around the clock support for his club and for his school". He also explained that the raccoons were drowned because those had killed many chickens, which were raised by the students and staff members in a shed behind the school. I think that everyone makes mistakes on a daily basis and he should not be fired because of one mistake out of the 12 Year's he has worked at forest.

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