Florida teacher accused of drowning raccoons with students during class

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The mother of one of the students who was in the class Monday, who asked to remain anonymous, said her son came home in tears over what happened to the animals, which the teacher said had been killing the class's chickens.

A Florida High School teacher is on administrative leave after a student recorded a classroom activity that made his mother "sick to her stomach". It made me sick to my stomach.

'It's bad. It still does make me sick to my stomach'.

"One of the raccoons ate a chicken that they were raising so the teacher pinned the raccoons".

She claims the raccoons were held down with metal rods when they tried to come up for air. "And when the raccoon would try to pop its head up, they held water hoses in its face to drown it", she told WKMG.

Her son told her his agriculture teacher made a threat that anyone who recorded or photographed the incident would be given a referral.

"He knew while it was happening that it was wrong, so he did it anyway and stood behind people hiding, taking pictures and videos", she said.

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A 14-second video published by WKMG-TV in Orlando show a group of students filling a big tub of water using a hose and later keeping a raccoon, which was inside a metal wire trap, submerged.

In the clip, students can be seen standing around a black trashcan filled with water.

As of Tuesday night, he is on paid administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigation.

"We obtained statements that the trainer drowned a number of animals in entrance of scholars, and with scholar participation, as a result of the animals had been nuisance animals to the [agriculture] program on the college", Marion County Faculty District spokesman Kevin Christian informed the Star-Banner. "No teacher could ever replace him", said Hunter Heath. Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation officials are also looking into the matter and will determine if laws were broken.

"The FWC takes these issues critically", the company mentioned in an announcement.

Brewton was Forest High School's Teacher of the Year nominee in 2010, according to the Star-Banner.

'We would like to say that we are 100 percent behind our adviser and everything he does for our children/students, ' the statement, posted on Facebook, reads. "This is a man who would give everything he had to make sure that his children/students are taken care of", the Forest High School FFA Alumni Chapter said. "He is a man of faith and has always provided the wisdom and guidance needed for his students to succeed".