Florida Teacher Drowned Raccoons In Class, Gets Suspended And Is Under Investigation
- Author: Rogelio Becker May 17, 2018,
May 17, 2018, 14:41
The teacher of the agriculture class was placed on paid leave Tuesday.
Video filmed by a student at Forest High School in Ocala, obtained by local outlet WFTV, shows other students filling a large bin with water and lowering a raccoon inside a metal wire cage, later keeping it submerged.
"My friend said that the class before that, they were [putting] the water in the buckets", the student said, adding that some of her classmates had nightmares following the ordeal.
The mother said Brewton, who has worked at the school since 2006, "pinned" the raccoons and caught them in cages before he "had the children drown" them.
In one video, students can be seen pouring water into the raccoon's cage as it sits in the garbage bin.
The teacher was identified as agriculture teacher Dewie Brewton, according to the Ocala Star-Banner. One of the raccoons was said to have eaten one of the chickens being raised by the class. "It made me sick to my stomach", said the mother, who asked to remain anonymous. "It's awful. It still does make me sick to my stomach", said the mother, who did not want to be identified.
One said Brewton is one of the greatest people he knows.
"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", a parent told WKMG, which released a heavily censored clip of the incident in which no animals are visible.
The teacher, who remains unidentified, has been defended by the Facebook page for the school's Future Farmers of America alumni. Until our investigation is complete, I can not share further details.
The chapter also criticized coverage of the incident, saying the media will "escalate" the situation "to lengths that are unnecessary".
"While law enforcement tells us the teacher did not do anything illegal, his actions before students are certainly questionable", a spokesperson said.
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission is also investigating, and told WJCB it was "looking into" the legality of the alleged incident.
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".
"The FWC takes these issues critically", the company mentioned in an announcement. A spokesman said the agency "takes these matters seriously".