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School officials release statement into investigation of 'nuisance' animal deaths

17 May 2018

The teacher reportedly trapped the raccoons in metal cages, then lowered the cages into water-filled trashcans. Her son told her the creatures were trapped in cages as they were being drowned.

An agriculture teacher at a Florida high school has been removed from the classroom as school officials investigate whether he drowned raccoons in front of students. It made me sick to my stomach.

"My friend said that the class before that, they were [putting] the water in the buckets", the student said, adding that some of her classmates had nightmares following the ordeal.

Dewie Brewton, who has been a teacher at Forest High School since 2006, has majority support from his students who are rallying together in his defense.

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
Florida teacher investigated after animals allegedly drowned in class

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

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

The student said the teacher told them not to record the incident, according to the station.

The teacher of the agriculture class was placed on paid leave Tuesday.

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'The district is determining the status of the teacher at this moment'.

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

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".

'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. "He is a man of faith and has always provided the wisdom and guidance needed for his students to succeed".

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But the mother of the student who filmed the incident remains unconvinced that the raccoons were handled in the appropriate manner.

"For all you that don't know the man he is such a great person as one of his students I can personally at that he has gone above and beyond for not only me but to anyone that has ever come up to him and asked for his help".

Another said this is what farmers do when their animals are threatened by predators.

At least two of the animals were killed, with each taking several minutes to drown.

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School officials release statement into investigation of 'nuisance' animal deaths