An agriculture teacher and some students reportedly drowned wild raccoons in a large garbage bin at Forest High School in Ocala, Florida.
The mother a student, who filmed the drowning, told WKMG that her son came home in tears over the animals:
It made me sick. It made me sick to my stomach. It’s terrible. It still does make me sick to my stomach.
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.
The woman said two raccoons were drowned on May 14 and an opossum was killed “just for sport”:
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. They should have trapped the animal and had somebody take them and relocate the animals.
Marion County Public Schools officials said Dewie Brewton, the school’s agriculture teacher, was removed from the class “pending the outcome of a district investigation,” reports Ocala.com.
Kevin Christian, School District spokesman, stated:
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 ag program at the school.