A Florida agricultural teacher allegedly drowned two raccoons and a possum with the help of students, school officials, and parents
Dewie Brewton, who teaches at the Forest School in Ocala, was put out of the classroom "until that day in paid and paid leave." Outcome of a district investigation, "Marion County Public Schools officials said the Ocala Star banner.
"We received statements that the teacher drowned several animals in front of students and with student involvement because the animals were troublesome for the Ag program at school," said spokesman Kevin Christian.
One of Brewton's students, who attended classes on Monday came into tears after the raccoons drowned and the possum was later killed "just for sport" Young mother told WKMG. It is believed that the creatures ate chickens reared by the Agricultural class.
"It made me sick," the station's mother said. "It made me sick in my stomach, it's terrible, it still makes me sick."
The video taken by the woman's son shows a raccoon trapped in a metal cage lying in a garbage bin, which then filled with water.
"That's how, super, super small," says a girl in the video about the animals. "He probably did not do anything."
"When the raccoons tried to breathe, they had metal bars and they held them with metal bars, and when the raccoon tried to raise its head, then it held water hoses in its face to drown it," she said Mrs.
Regardless of whether the animals killed the class-raised chickens, Brewton had no dealings with them, she said.
"I do not think so I treat every animal," she said. "They should have caught the animal and someone took it and relocated the animals."
A Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission spokesman said that an investigation was in progress to determine if a criminal charge was warranted. The results are then submitted to the prosecution, reports the WKMG.
Brewton was named teacher of the year for Waldoberschule in 201
Some of Brewton's former students have defended him as a teacher who "went beyond his call to help them.
"He has spent long nights, weekends, and has provided 24/7 support for his club and school," says the FFA alumni page of Forest High School. "He is a man of faith and has always provided the wisdom and guidance his disciples need to succeed."
The group said it was "100% behind" Brewton and asked everyone involved in the incident to focus on its positive contributions to students
"The media will escalate this situation to unnecessary lengths and we need to stick together and focus on the facts, "the paper said. "We need to show our support for him in this time of need and show that we are one."