A Florida high school teacher was placed on paid leave Tuesday over allegations he drowned a pair of raccoons in a trash bin while students assisted and watched, WKMG reported.
A student at Forest High School in Ocala told WFTV-TV some students were left with nightmares after Dewie Brewton’s sixth-period agricultural science class Monday.
Photos and video show a raccoon in a metal wire trap that the teacher and students then lifted into a garbage bin while they filled it with water from several hoses, WKMG reported.
Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission officers told WFTV they’re investigating the drownings, and the state attorney’s office will determine if charges will be filed.
Wildlife officials added to the station that it’s legal to kill nuisance animals, but there are specific rules about humanely killing them.