Ag teacher allegedly drowns raccoons in front of students

Florida high school teacher under investigation after shocking video emerges of him drowning wild raccoons in a large bin in front of his students during class

He said raccoons had killed several chickens, which were raised by students and teachers at Marion County's Forest High School.

A Florida mother said her son was made to stand with his fellow high school classmates this week and drown two raccoons and an opossum. The student told the station a previous class had filled a trashcan with water, and that the students and teacher drowned the trapped raccoons in it.

"It made me sick. It made me sick to my stomach", said the mother, who asked to remain anonymous. "It's bad. It still does make me sick to my stomach", she said, according to Channel9. So they trapped the animals, and then placed the trapped animals inside a garbage bin filled with water.

'When the raccoon would try to pop its head up they held water hoses in its face to drown it, ' she added. One of the chickens was killed by a wild predator and they suspected raccoons or a opossum was responsible.

Her son told her the agriculture teacher threatened anyone who recorded or took pictures of the incident would be given a referral.

The teacher of the agriculture class was placed on paid leave Tuesday. "The district is determining the status of the teacher at this moment".

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FFWCC) responded to the incident in a statement saying that they are "looking into an incident that occurred at Forest High School in Marion County involving a raccoon". FWC Officers are investigating to see the legality of the issue that occurred. Those findings will be presented to officials with the state attorney's office, who will decide if criminal charges are appropriate.

The raccoon drownings took place at Forest High School in Ocala, Florida.

"We would like to say that we are 100% behind our advisor and everything he does for our children/students", the statement read in part.

'This is a man who would give everything he had to make sure that his children/students are taken care of. "He is a man of faith and has always provided the wisdom and guidance needed for his students to succeed".

'He has spent late nights, weekends and has provided around the clock support for his club and for his school'.

The mother of the student too was unhappy.

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