"It made me sick to my stomach", says the mother of a student who took surreptitious pictures of the event. "It made me sick", the student's mother told WKMG-TV. It made me sick to my stomach.
WMUR reported, the mother of the student recalled the events of the full video, claiming that when the raccoons attempted to come to the surface of the water to breathe, the students and teacher used metal rods to hold down the animals.
The woman whose son recorded the video said that after they had killed the raccoons the students killed an opossum "just for sport".
Dewie Brewton has been placed on administrative leave from Forest High School in Ocala after a freshman student leaked the shocking footage. "It's bad. It still does make me sick to my stomach", she said, according to Channel9. The animals included a raccoon that had eaten one of the chickens the class was raising. So they trapped the animals, and then placed the trapped animals inside a garbage bin filled with water. Brewton has been suspended and will remain on a paid administrative leave until the investigation is complete.
Marion County School District spokesman Kevin Christian told the Ocala Star Banner the district had "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", and that Dewie Brewton had been removed from class pending an investigation.
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission is investigating the way the raccoons were killed. "The district is determining the status of the teacher at this moment". FWC Officers are investigating to see the legality of the issue that occurred.
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It is unclear whether or not the teacher, who has not yet been identified, will be facing any criminal charges for the incident.
'This is a man who would give everything he had to make sure that his children/students are taken care of.
She said her child came home in tears and was yelling and angry over what happened to the animals.
"He has always gone above and beyond his call of duty to ensure that his students had everything they needed".
"He has spent late nights, weekends and has provided around the clock support for his club and for his school", a post on the Forest High School FFA Alumni page reads.