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Superintendent recommends terminating Forest High teacher for drowning raccoons

Florida high school teacher under investigation after shocking video emerges of him drowning wild raccoons in a large bin in front of his students during class Florida Teacher Drowned Raccoons In Class, Gets Suspended And Is Under Investigation
Kenny Thornton | 17 May, 2018, 05:15

"One of the raccoons ate a chicken that they were raising so the teacher pinned the raccoons, caught them in cages, took the cages, filled up large trash cans full of water and had the children drown the raccoons in the cages inside the water".

The video was shot by a student upset by what was happening.

Interestingly, as the Miami Herald noted, alumni members of the Facebook group Forest High School Future Farmers of America (Forest High School FFA Alumni) spoke out in support of Brewton as a dedicated teacher and warned that the media would escalate this story unnecessarily.

"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 [agriculture] program at the school", Marion County School District spokesman Kevin Christian told the Star-Banner.

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.

In the interview with the WKMG, the mother said the incident made her "sick to my stomach".

Two raccoons and an opossum were killed Monday at Forest High School in Ocala, Fla., the mother, whom the station did not name, said. 'It made me sick to my stomach'. "It's awful. It still does make me sick to my stomach", she said, according to Channel9. So they trapped the animals, and then placed the trapped animals inside a garbage bin filled with water.

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'The district is determining the status of the teacher at this moment'.

It's unclear if the incident involved any criminal acts, but law enforcement officers with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission are also investigating.

Brewton was Forest High School's Teacher of the Year nominee in 2010, according to the Star-Banner.

"We would like to say that we are 100% behind our advisor and everything he does for our children/students".

Some of Brewton's former students, meanwhile, have defended him as a teacher who has "gone above and beyond his call of duty" to help them.

But the mother of the student who filmed the incident remains unconvinced that the raccoons were handled in the appropriate manner.

"I don't think that's the way to treat any animal". 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.

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