(Meredith/AP) — An agriculture teacher at a Florida high school has been removed from the classroom as school officials investigate whether he drowned raccoons in front of students.
The Ocala Star-Banner reports that Forest High School teacher Dewie Brewton was placed on administrative leave pending the outcome of an investigation into whether he drowned "nuisance animals" in class.
A school district spokesman says the district had received statements from witnesses that multiple animals were drowned in front of students because the animals were a nuisance to the agriculture program at the school.
A video also surfaced of the alleged incident. It appears to show a raccoon in a metal cage being placed into a garbage bin filled with water.
“My son stood in the background, hid his phone and watched as they filled these trash cans full of water, and held these raccoons down in trash cans in the cages,” a parent, who asked to remain anonymous, told WOGX- TV.
She continued: “I was disgusted. At first, I was in shock, of course. But I watched the video, and it’s horrific. It’s disgusting, and I can’t believe it happened at school."
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission is investigating to see whether any laws were broken.
According to the school's website, Brewton has been the school's agriculture-education adviser since 2006.
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