A Florida teacher was placed on administrative leave Monday after allegedly drowning two raccoons during an agricultural science class. He was placed on paid administrative leave pending the outcome of an investigation.
The video was shot by a student upset by what was happening. "And that's how they killed the second one", they said. He also explained that the raccoons were drowned because those had killed many chickens, which were raised by the students and staff members in a shed behind the school.
"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", said the mother, who said her son came home from school in tears after the incident, the station reported.
In one video, students can be seen pouring water into the raccoon's cage as it sits in the garbage bin.
Pictures and video recorded by a student show a raccoon in a metal wire trap, which the teacher and students then lifted into a garbage bin while they filled the bin with water from several hoses.
"It made me sick".
In the interview with WKMG, the mother said the incident made her "sick to my stomach". "It's bad. It still does make me sick to my stomach", the mother said of the drownings.
The entire incident left his parents also very disappointed as his mother told WFTV, "We want people to know he had them in cages, he had them trapped. He could have had somebody come and relocate the animals".
Forest High School's Future Farmers of America Alumni Chapter has since rallied around Brewton, who is the group's adviser.
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. "While law enforcement tells us the teacher did not do anything illegal, his actions before students are certainly questionable", a rep for the school district said.
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission launched an investigation after parents notified the agency, according to FOX51.
The district says, "Marion County's education standards - in fact, Florida's education standards - do not include activities for the destruction of live animals, nuisance or not".