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A Junior High School teacher in Preston, Idaho has sparked outrage when it was revealed that he fed a puppy to a snapping turtle in front of students.
Robert Crosland, a science teacher at Presland Junior High, has a snapping turtle and a snake as biological specimens at the school for students to observe.
The incident took place after the school day had officially ended, and only a handful of students were present. Crosland has been feeding live animals like rats and birds to his reptiles for years and has allowed students to observe the feedings if they wanted to.
Many people remain upset by the entire situation.
Local animal activist, Jill Parrish, is the one who filed the police report.
“What I have learned in the last four days is disgusting. It is sick. It is sick,” said Parrish.
Parrish says a teacher told her that last week after school, Mr. Crosland fed a live puppy, who was reportedly sick, to one of his reptiles. He has a snake and a snapping turtle. Apparently, it all happened in front of students.
“Allowing children to watch an innocent baby puppy scream because it is being fed to an animal. That is violence. That is not okay,” says Parrish.
Source: Fox 13 KSTU
Others were just fine with what happened and say that Crosland is the best science teacher at the school.
One woman that says she is the sister of two of the boys that were present at the time, posted a message of support for Crosland on Facebook.
Her account of the incident is very different from what is being reported — she says that the puppy had been killed humanely prior to being fed to the snapping turtle.
I have a little bit to say about the puppy being fed to the snapping turtle. First of all, there were only three students in the classroom and two of them were in high school. Only one of them was a junior high student. And out of those three students, two of them were my brothers. None of the kids need counseling, and Crosland didn’t feed the turtle in front of a whole class. Nor did they have a student who was frantically running to the principal trying to adopt the puppy.
It was also 45 minutes after school had been officially dismissed for the day. My brothers are doing fine and are honestly feeling terrible about how this has been affecting Crosland. My brothers also feel that Crosland did the right thing in seeing the puppy’s state of life. Before Crosland fed the puppy to the turtle, the puppy drowned in the water. He explained to the three students that were in the class that drowning is one of the most humane ways for something to pass away.
You take a breath, and then you pass out after inhaling water and you don’t feel the actual pain of dying. If he had just let the puppy die because it was starving it would have been more more[sic] painful for the dying pup, and it would have taken a lot longer for the puppy to die.
Honestly, people wouldn’t be so aggravated as they are if it was a rat or some other unattractive creature. People think that his puppy was healthy and happy, but it was dying and starving. I feel Crosland did the right thing with the puppy, and he has my full support.
Despite the support, an investigation is underway.
The Franklin County Sheriff says that they received numerous calls and are looking into the matter.
Some teachers have alleged that they heard the puppy ‘screaming’ from across campus. So was the puppy dead or alive when it was fed to the snapping turtle?
The Preston School District issued a statement regarding the incident:
On March 7, 2018 Preston School District was made aware of a regrettable circumstance involving some of the biological specimens at Preston Jr. High. The event occurred well after students had been dismissed and was not a part of any school directed program. We emphasize that at no time was the safety of students or staff compromised.
District administration was made aware of the issue soon after it occurred and immediately began the process of investigation and taking steps to ensure that this type of action could not be repeated. A part of any investigation includes determining the best course of action once the facts of the matter have been ascertained. This is not a situation that is easy, nor do we feel it is a measure that can be taken lightly. As such we ask for patience while appropriate measures are determined and carried out.
Additional details cannot be shared at this time as the local law enforcement agency is in the process of gathering information.
While the district certainly does not condone individual actions that may violate district policy or reasonable expectations of behavior, we hope that any errors in judgement made by a teacher in this instance will not cause us to forget the years of care, effort, and passion the teacher has given to students in Preston School District.
Source: Fox 13 KSTU
Crosland is still employed with the school and has not been placed on leave despite the investigation.
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