Florida teacher investigated after animals allegedly drowned in class

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"When the raccoons tried to come up for air they had metal rods and they held them down with metal rods and when the raccoon would try to pop its head up they held water hoses in its face to drown it", a parent told WKMG, which released a heavily censored clip of the incident in which no animals are visible.

She told us that the raccoon had killed some chickens that the students were raising in class, so according to her son, the teacher trapped them in cages and had students participate in drowning them, under his direction, and ultimately killing them.

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

Video footage recorded by the woman's son shows a raccoon trapped inside a metal cage placed inside a garbage bin that was then filled with water.

Speaking with ABC affiliate WFTV, the student, who did not wish to be named, said he was crying and angry after the sixth period agricultural science class on Monday.

The video was shot by a student at Forest High School who was upset about what was happening.

Multiple students can be seen helping with the drowning, while others stand around and watch.


"That one's, like, super, super small", one girl in the video says of the animals.

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Fee launched an investigation after dad and mom notified the company, in line with FOX51.

The teacher, Dewie Brewton, was placed on paid administrative leave with pay Tuesday while the school investigates the incident, said Kevin Christian, spokesman for the Marion County Public Schools.

On behalf of the Forest High School FFA Alumni Chapter we would like to speak out about the actions that took place...

Brewton allegedly instructed the students not to film the suffering animals or they would be given detention.

In March, a junior high biology teacher in Idaho reportedly fed a puppy to a snapping turtle in front of students. I think that everyone makes mistakes on a daily basis and he should not be fired because of one mistake out of the 12 Year's he has worked at forest. Whether it is a raccoon or [another animal] you just don't torture an animal and kill it like that. "He is a man of faith and has always provided the wisdom and guidance needed for his students to succeed". "He has spent late nights, weekends and has provided around the clock support for his club and for his school", the statement read.

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