Florida teacher drowns 'nuisance animals' in front of class

A Florida teacher was placed on administrative leave after school officials were told wild raccoons were drowned during his class

Marion County School District spokesman Kevin Christian announced that Brewton was put on leave amid reports that he drowned the animals.

The mother of one of the students, who allegedly witnessed the absurd and horrifying act in the class, said her son came home in tears over what happened to the poor animals. "And when the raccoon would try to pop its head up, they held water hoses in its face to drown it", she told WKMG.

Dewie Brewton, an agriculture teacher, was working at the high school since 2006.

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission told Newsweek it is investigating "an incident" that occurred at Forest High School in Marion County involving at least one raccoon and an opossum.

The student said the animals had killed several chickens that the school was raising in a shed behind the building and said the teacher made students join in drowning the animals. The cell phone video shows the raccoons in a cage being immersed in water in a trash can and drowning in front of the class. The mother of the student who shot the video, both who wish to remain anonymous, said to a reporter at WKMG-TV, "It made me sick. The FWC takes these matters seriously", FFWCC said in a statement on the matter. "He could have had somebody come and relocate the animals". The student told the station a previous class had filled a trashcan with water, and that the students and teacher drowned the trapped raccoons in it.

"We would like to say that we are 100 percent behind our advisor and everything he does for our children/students".

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On behalf of the Forest High School FFA Alumni Chapter we would like to speak out about the actions that took place... "He has spent late nights, weekends and has provided around the clock support for his club and for his school", the statement read.

The suspect in the shooting, another student, was arrested shortly after the incident, which occurred as students were preparing to walk out as part of a national protest against gun violence in the wake of the Parkland, Florida, school shooting.

'We must focus on all of the extremely positive and life changing things that this man has done for people'.

Many people who commented on the post expressed similar thoughts. "Mr. Brewton was one of the greatest men I know and I looked up to him and I will aways look up to him he is a great man".

"Raccoons are not cute little furry creatures. They can be rabid and you can be overrun with them in a short time".

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