Published: Wed, May 16, 2018
Global News | By Blake Casey

Teacher on leave after drowning raccoons during class

Teacher on leave after drowning raccoons during class

An investigation is underway after it was reported that a teacher at Forest High School drowned wild raccoons in a large garbage bin while students in his agriculture class assisted and watched. It made me sick to my stomach.

Her son told her the agriculture teacher threatened that anyone who recorded or took pictures of the incident would be given a referral.

"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.

She claims the raccoons were held down with metal rods when they tried to come up for air. Her son informed her the creatures had been trapped in cages as they had been being drowned.

"He 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. One video shows the tip of a raccoon's snout sticking out just above the surface of the water.

In the clip, students can be seen standing around a black trashcan filled with water.

In a statement, the Marion County School Board said: "While law enforcement tells us the teacher may not have done anything illegal, his actions before students are certainly questionable".

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The teacher has worked at Forest High School since 2006. "The district is determining the status of the teacher at this moment", a spokesperson 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 FWC takes these issues critically", the company mentioned in an announcement.

It is unclear whether or not the teacher, who has not yet been identified, will be facing any criminal charges for the incident.

'We would like to say that we are 100 percent behind our adviser and everything he does for our children/students, ' the statement, posted on Facebook, reads.

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

The raccoons reportedly created a nuisance and killed several chickens that were being raised by the students and staff in a shed behind the school premises. "They should have trapped the animal and had somebody take them and relocate the animals", a parent told WKMG.

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