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Ocala teacher accused of drowning raccoons with students

Ocala teacher accused of drowning raccoons with students

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

Marion County, Florida, teacher Dewie Brewton was placed on paid administrative leave Tuesday while officials investigate allegations that he drowned trapped raccoons with student participation during school hours, the Ocala Star Banner reported.

Marion County Public Schools has released a statement regarding the investigation into a Forest High School teacher who is accused of killing "nuisance" animals in front of students earlier this week.

'It made me sick, ' the mother, who asked to remain anonymous, told WKMG. "It made me sick. It's bad. It still does make me sick to my stomach", said the student's mother, who wanted to remain anonymous.

What did the raccoon do to deserve such terrible treatment?

"One of the raccoons ate a chicken that they were raising so the teacher pinned the raccoons", a parent said. The teacher reportedly trapped the raccoons in metal cages, then lowered the cages into water-filled trashcans.

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Moreover, it seemed the helpless creature was fighting for its life as in the video only a raccoon's snout could be seen sticking out from the surface of the water.

"They finally took the cage out of the water, and they trapped it into another smaller cage, where the top of the cage would go down into the water", he said. "And that's how they killed the second one", the student added. "That one probably didn't do anything". The video was shot by a student upset by what was happening.

"I don't think that's the way to treat any animal".

Caught raccoons killed several chickens in forestry, where is 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". "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. Christian said he couldn't comment further on the incident, only saying that Brewton was placed on leave as part of standard protocol, and that school officials did not have issues with Brewton in the past 34 years he has worked on and off for the district.

However, School Superintendent Heidi Maier strongly recommended the despicable teacher should be fired.


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