Footage of the class shows a raccoon in a metal wire trap being dunked into a garbage bin that has been filled with water to drown
17 May, 2018, 01:01
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.
The teacher was identified as agriculture teacher Dewie Brewton, according to the Ocala Star-Banner.
'It's bad. It still does make me sick to my stomach'. Caught them in cages.
The footage leaked by the Forest High School student appears to show one of the raccoons in a wire trap being dunked into a large garbage bin being filled with water by people who appear to be students. 'It made me sick to my stomach'.
The student said the animals had killed several chickens that the school was raising in a shed behind the building and said the teacher made students join in drowning the animals.
Her son, a freshman at Forest High, said on Monday he was made to stand with his fellow classmates and drown two raccoons and a possum. One students suggests switching "him" into a smaller cage and then putting it "back in there". "That one probably didn't do anything".
'I don't think that's the way to treat any animal, ' she said. "They should have trapped the animal and had somebody take them and relocate the animals", the mother said.
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission is also investigating, and told WJCB it was "looking into" the legality of the alleged incident. The findings of that investigation will be presented to officials with the state attorney's office, who will then decide if criminal charges are appropriate in this case. He has worked as the school's Future Farmers of America adviser since 2006, according to his biography page on the school's website.
Marion County Public Schools told Newsweek that the school district is investigating the incident and said the teacher involved has been placed on paid leave as of Tuesday afternoon, as per "standard procedure any time an employee is accused".
Brewton allegedly instructed the students not to film the suffering animals or they would be given detention. "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'.
"We must focus on all of the extremely positive and life changing things that this man has done for the people", the group said.
The chapter also criticized coverage of the incident, saying the media will "escalate" the situation "to lengths that are unnecessary".