Florida teacher on leave after raccoons drowned

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

"One of the raccoons ate a chicken that they were raising so the teacher pinned the raccoons", a parent said.

Marion County Public School officials say they're investigating accusations that a Forest High School teacher killed an animal.

'It made me sick, ' the mother, who asked to remain anonymous, told WKMG. It made me sick to my stomach. "It's bad. It still does make me sick to my stomach", the woman said.

"They finally took the cage out of the water, and they trapped it into another smaller cage, where the top of the cage would go down into the water", he said.

"As the raccoons were trying to come up they had steel rods that they were holding the animals down with, and if they popped their heads up they held water hoses in their faces to drown them", she said.

"Why is he not fighting?" one person in the video says as the raccoon sits in the trap in the trash can filled almost to the brim with water.

Her son told her the agriculture teacher threatened that anyone who recorded or took pictures of the incident would be given a referral. "We want people to know he had them in cages, he had them trapped".

In one video, students can be seen pouring water into the raccoon's cage as it sits in the garbage bin.

The Star-Banner reported Brewton has been removed from the class while state officials investigate the allegations. "The district is determining the status of the teacher at this moment", a spokesperson said.

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FFWCC) is also investigating the incident.

The FFWCC released the following statement on the matter: "The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation is looking into an incident that occurred at Forest High School in Marion County involving a raccoon". He has always gone above and beyond his call of duty to ensure that his students had everything they needed'.

The woman said two raccoons were drowned Monday and an opossum that was found later was killed "just for sport".

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

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