A Forest High School agriculture teacher, Dewie Brewton, was placed on paid administrative leave after he allegedly drowned three caged "nuisance" animals as part of a classroom demonstration.
"It made me sick", the mother told the station.
As one of the students recorded cell phone video, Brewton and the students plunged them into the water and sprayed them with a hose to kill them. "They should have trapped the animal and had somebody take them and relocate the animals", a parent told WKMG.
"It made me sick".
"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".
Officials said Forest High School agriculture teacher Dewie Brewton was removed from class "pending the outcome of a district investigation", according to the Ocala Star-Banner.
The teacher was reported to have killed the raccoons because they had eaten a chicken that the students had raised.
"He knew while it was happening that it was wrong, so he did it anyway and stood behind people hiding, taking pictures and videos", she said.
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He was arrested in March 2017 on a business trip to NY to promote a securities offering and has been held in prison ever since. But the prosecutor's strong words did not match a voice and demeanor that were otherwise listless, and with good reason.
'Why is he not fighting?' one person asks in the clip as the raccoon sits in the garbage bin filled with water.
Marion County Public Schools told Newsweek that the school district is investigating the incident and said the teacher involved has been placed on paid leave as of Tuesday afternoon, as per "standard procedure any time an employee is accused".
Maier said the school district is "appalled" by the actions of the teacher.
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission is also looking into whether something illegal occurred. The findings will then be presented to the state attorney's office, WKMG reports.
The teacher has worked at Forest High School since 2006. "This is a man who would give everything he had to make sure that his children/students are taken care of".
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", the statement read.
Another said this is what farmers do when their animals are threatened by predators. 'Whether it is a raccoon or (another animal) you just don't torture an animal and kill it like that'.