An Idaho science teacher is under investigation for animal abuse after allegedly feeding a live puppy to a snapping turtle in front of students at his school.
Animal rights activist Jill Parrish filed a police report after hearing that Robert Crosland, a teacher at Preston Junior High, fed the dog to the reptile as students looked on.
Preston is a small town in southeast Idaho near the border with Utah.
“What I have learned in the last four days is disgusting. It is sick,” said Parrish. “Allowing children to watch an innocent baby puppy get fed to an animal. That is violence. That is not ok.”
The dog was reportedly deformed and terminally ill. “I feel a little bit better that it was a puppy that was going to die, not just a healthy puppy,” said Este Hull, a 7th-grade student at the school.
Hull also said that they usually feed mice or birds to their collection of animals, which also includes snakes.
Despite the accusations, parents Annette Salvesen and Julie Johnson said that Crosland is the best science teacher at the school. “If it was a deformed puppy that was going to die anyway, Crosland is very much circle-of-life,” said Salveson.
Parents and students regard Crosland as a popular teacher who has a variety of snakes and other animals in tanks around his classroom. Former students, who requested to remain anonymous, said that Crosland had fed guinea pigs to snakes and snapping turtles during class in the past.
“He is a cool teacher who really brought science to life,” said one of the students. “I loved his class because he had turtles and snakes and other cool things.”
In regards to the allegation, the school district released a statement that stated the following.
“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 was not a part of any school-directed program. We emphasize that at no time was the safety of students or staff compromised.”
Franklin County Sheriff Dave Fryar stated that he had forwarded the report on the investigation to the county prosecutor. Crosland is still teaching at the school and has not been suspended.
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