A Forest High School agriculture teacher, Dewie Brewton, was placed on paid administrative leave after he allegedly drowned three caged "nuisance" animals as part of a classroom demonstration.
Kevin Christian, a spokesperson for Marion County School Board, said in a statement, "While law enforcement tells us the teacher may not have done anything illegal, his actions before students are certainly questionable". The student said Brewton explained that the raccoons killed chickens the class was raising. The critters were thought to have eaten chickens raised by the agriculture class. "It's awful. It still does make me sick to my stomach", she said, according to Channel9. 'It made me sick to my stomach'.
"It made me sick".
"My son stood within the background, hid his telephone and watched as they stuffed these trash cans filled with water, and held these raccoons down in trash cans within the cages", the dad or mum informed the station.
In the disturbing video, embedded below, the students help kill the animals. "That one probably didn't do anything".
As one of the students recorded cell phone video, Brewton and the students plunged them into the water and sprayed them with a hose to kill them. "My friend said that the class before that, they were putting the water in the buckets", he added.
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ClickOrlando also spoke to a parent who said her son came home in tears over the incident. Caught them in cages.
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission launched an investigation after parents notified the agency, according to FOX51. The commission's findings will be sent to prosecutors, who will determine if the teacher will face charges. He has worked as the school's Future Farmers of America adviser since 2006, according to his biography page on the school's website.
Pictures and video recorded by that student show a raccoon in a metal wire trap, which the teacher and students then lifted into a garbage bin while they filled it with water from several hoses. "He has spent late nights, weekends and has provided around the clock support for his club and for his school", the statement read.
"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".