Florida teacher drowns 'nuisance animals' in front of class

Florida teacher drowns 'nuisance animals' in front of class

An employee at the high school captured two raccoons and an opossum that had been suspected of endangering the chickens being raised by the students in the class.

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

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.

Marion County Public Schools told Newsweek that the school district is investigating the incident and said the teacher involved has been placed on paid leave as of Tuesday afternoon, as per "standard procedure any time an employee is accused". A mother told the TV station that her son, who shot the video, came home upset about what happened to the animals. The teacher then caught raccoons 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, inside the trash cans", she said. "It made me sick to my stomach", said the mother, who asked to remain anonymous. "It's awful. It still does make me sick to my stomach", said the student's mother, who wanted to remain anonymous.

"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.

"While law enforcement determines whether this teacher's actions were legal or not, his actions before students are entirely unacceptable and cause us great concern".

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FFWCC) responded to the incident in a statement saying that they are "looking into an incident that occurred at Forest High School in Marion County involving a raccoon".

"We would like to say that we are 100% behind our advisor and everything he does for our children/students", the statement read in part.

'This is a man who would give everything he had to make sure that his children/students are taken care of.

"I don't think that's the way to treat any animal". 'Whether it is a raccoon or (another animal) you just don't torture an animal and kill it like that'.

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.