Teacher accused of drowning raccoons, making students watch

Frederick Owens
May 18, 2018

A central Florida high school teacher is on paid administrative leave after cell phone video appears to show him drowning wild raccoons during class.

The incident is also being investigated by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission and the Florida Department of Health.

New York is among 11 states with animal abuse registry bills pending in their legislatures, following Tennessee, which started its in 2016 along with a growing number of municipalities in recent years, including New York City, and the counties that include Chicago and Tampa, Florida.

Kevin Christian, a spokesperson for Marion County School Board, said in a statement, "While law enforcement tells us the teacher may not have done anything illegal, his actions before students are certainly questionable".

He told his mother that Brewton drowned the racoons because they had killed several chickens that were raised by students and teachers.

The video was shot by a student in Ocala who was upset by what was happening.

The video, which shows cages submerged in trash cans filled with water and student participation, resulted in Dewie Brewton's leave on Tuesday.

But the high school alumni group is standing behind the teacher and his actions. Students and staff raise chickens, and other animals that are located in the shed behind the school.

Image source WKMG-TV video screenshot
Image source WKMG-TV video screenshot

Brewton, who as of this writing hasn't commented publicly, is a longtime school district employee and an adviser to the Future Farmer of America at Forest High.

One student's mother said she was "sick to her stomach" after watching the full video. The district further stated that regardless of the outcomes of the investigations, Superintendent Dr. Heidi Maier is recommending that the teacher be fired.

A teacher in Florida has been placed on administrative leave after allegedly drowning at least two raccoons during an agricultural science class.

She claims the raccoons were held down with metal rods when they tried to come up for air.

"We would like to say that we are 100% behind our advisor and everything he does for our children/students".

They said, "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'.

"This man's reputation and livelihood are threatened by those who know nothing about the ag business", one commenter wrote. They are very destructive and unsafe.

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