However, the student who spoke to WNTV provided the network with graphic footage showing the drownings. Took the cages, filled up large trash cans full of water and had the children drown the raccoons in the cages inside the water.
Multiple students can be seen helping with the drowning, while others stand around and watch. "It made me sick", the student's mother told WKMG-TV.
"It made me sick".
"It made me sick".
"One of the raccoons ate a chicken that they were raising so the teacher pinned the raccoons", a parent said.
"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", the mother said. One of the raccoons was said to have eaten one of the chickens being raised by the class.
The agriculture teacher warned any students that taking photographs or videos of the event would be punished with a referral, indicating that the teacher knew what he was was, at the very least, displaying questionable teaching methods.
One video shows the tip of a raccoon's snout sticking out just above the surface of the water. A metal wire cage appears to be placed in the can at the top of the water.
"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.
It released a statement on Tuesday saying it was "looking into" the incident and that officers are determining "the legality of what occurred", according to OCALA. The findings of that investigation will be presented to officials with the state attorney's office, who will then decide if criminal charges are appropriate in this case.
The teacher has been the school's Future Farmers of America adviser since 2006, The Ocala Star Banner reported. "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.
Some of Brewton's former students, meanwhile, have defended him as a teacher who has "gone above and beyond his call of duty" to help them. "He has spent late nights, weekends and has provided around the clock support for his club and for his school".
A Forest Hill Excessive Faculty dad or mum informed FOX51 that her son took pictures of the harrowing acts with the animals.
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