'It made me sick to my stomach'. The teacher then caught raccoons in cages, "took the cages, filled up large trash cans full of water, and had the children drown the raccoons in the cages inside the water, inside the trash cans", she said.
"While the district conducts its own investigation, we are now aware two additional agencies are also investigating - the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission and the Florida Department of Health".
Pictures and videos, which were first released by WKMG-Channel 6 news in Orlando, showed the sickening sight of a raccoon tied in a metal wire as the students lowered it into the bin filled with water. Students and staff raise chickens, and other animals that are located in the shed behind the school.
"My friend said that the class before that, they were [putting] the water in the buckets", the student said, adding that some of her classmates had nightmares following the ordeal. Dewie Brewton, an agriculture teacher, was working at the high school since 2006. The student said the teacher told them not to record the incident, according to the station.
According to WFTV, the incident took place at Marion County's Forest High School in Ocala.
In the disturbing video, embedded below, the students help kill the animals. "No teacher could ever replace him", said Hunter Heath.
"While law enforcement tells us the teacher may not have done anything illegal, his actions before students are certainly questionable". Those findings will be presented to officials with the state attorney's office, who will decide if criminal charges are appropriate.
The teacher, who remains unidentified, has been defended by the Facebook page for the school's Future Farmers of America alumni.
"We would like to say that we are 100% behind our advisor and everything he does for our children/students". "This is a man who would give everything he had to make sure that his children/students are taken care of".
They said, "He has always gone above and beyond his call of duty to ensure that his students had everything they needed. He has spent late nights, weekends and has provided around the clock support for his club and for his school".
At least two of the animals were killed, with each taking several minutes to drown. I think that everyone makes mistakes on a daily basis and he should not be fired because of one mistake out of the 12 Year's he has worked at forest.