Published: Fri, May 18, 2018

Florida teacher investigated after animals allegedly drowned in class

Florida teacher investigated after animals allegedly drowned in class

A Florida high school agriculture teacher is under fire after he was filmed drowning two wild raccoons in a garbage bin during class with his students.

The teacher, Dewie Brewton, apparently was annoyed because he believed the raccoons had killed some chickens that his agricultural science class was raising in an outdoor enclosure.

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FFWCC) responded to the incident in a statement saying that they are "looking into an incident that occurred at Forest High School in Marion County involving a raccoon".

"We received statements that the teacher drowned multiple animals in front of students, and with student participation, because the animals were nuisance animals to the [agriculture] program at the school", Marion County School District spokesman Kevin Christian told the Star-Banner.

A freshman student told WFTV that the raccoons were killed because they had killed several chickens.

The mother of a student who took photos and video of the incident told WKMG her son came home in tears over what happened to the animals. The cell phone video shows the raccoons in a cage being immersed in water in a trash can and drowning in front of the class.

However, School Superintendent Heidi Maier strongly recommended the despicable teacher should be fired. Rather than relocating the animals or contacting wildlife officials, he chose to condemn the animals to a painful, terrifying death.


The teacher, Dewie Brewton, has reportedly been employed by the district for more than 30 years.

The officials of the school did take notice of the incident but instead of terminating the teacher right away, he was initially placed on paid leave. "It made me sick to my stomach", said the mother, who asked to remain anonymous.

"When the raccoons tried to come up for air, they had metal rods and they held them down with metal rods".

The mother of a Forest High School student who spoke with WKMG claimed an opossum was also killed Monday "just for sport".

"We must focus on all of the extremely positive and life changing things that this man has done for the people", the group said. We must show our support for him in this time of need and show that we are one.

According to a Washington Post report, some community members have defended Brewton's actions and argued that drowning raccoons in garbage bins serves to preserve farms and their livestock. "Raccoons are not cute little furry creatures".

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