Superintendent: Fire teacher accused of drowning raccoons as students watched

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

"When the raccoons tried to come up for air they had metal rods and they held them down with metal rods and when the raccoon would try to pop its head up they held water hoses in its face to drown it", a parent told WKMG, which released a heavily censored clip of the incident in which no animals are visible.

"One of the raccoons ate a chicken that they were raising so the teacher pinned the raccoons", a parent said. A mother told the TV station that her son, who shot the video, came home upset about what happened to the animals.

"My son stood in the background, hid his phone and watched as they filled these trash cans full of water, and held these raccoons down in trash cans in the cages", said the parent.

The agriculture teacher warned any students that taking photographs or videos of the event would be punished with a referral, indicating that the teacher knew what he was was, at the very least, displaying questionable teaching methods.

The woman whose son recorded the video said that after they had killed the raccoons the students killed an opossum "just for sport".

Forest High School's FAA alumni on Wednesday posted their support for the teacher on Facebook.

'Why is he not fighting?' one person asks in the clip as the raccoon sits in the garbage bin filled with water.

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The teacher, Dewie Brewton, was placed on paid administrative leave with pay Tuesday while the school investigates the incident, said Kevin Christian, spokesman for the Marion County Public Schools. "The district is determining the status of the teacher at this moment".

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission launched an investigation after parents notified the agency, according to FOX51. The findings will then be presented to the state attorney's office, WKMG reports.

Forest High School's Future Farmers of America Alumni Chapter has since rallied around Brewton, who is the group's adviser.

"We would like to say that we are 100% behind our advisor and everything he does for our children/students", the statement read in part.

'This is a man who would give everything he had to make sure that his children/students are taken care of. "He is a man of faith and has always provided the wisdom and guidance needed for his students to succeed".

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

"I don't think that's the way to treat any animal", she said. The students gathered around the bin to watch, and assist, as the penned animals drowned.

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