Ocala teacher accused of drowning raccoons during class

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An investigation is underway after a teacher at a Florida high school is accused of drowning wild animals in a garbage can while students watched and assisted, CBS Orlando affiliate WKMG reports.

Dewie Brewton has been put on administrative leave with pay and removed from the classroom following the incident in which he allegedly drowned two racoons by placing them in cages and submerging them in water while his students watched and assisted.

"Marion County's education standards - in fact, Florida's education standards ― do not include activities for the destruction of live animals, nuisance or not", read a statement from Marion County Public Schools.

"While law enforcement tells us the teacher did not do anything illegal, his actions before students are certainly questionable", a spokesperson said. According to one student, the reason given by the teacher was that the raccoons had killed some chickens housed behind the school.

An unidentified mother of one of the students said her son came home in tears after witnessing the incident. 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.

The teacher, who remains unidentified, has been defended by the Facebook page for the school's Future Farmers of America alumni. "They should have trapped the animal and had somebody take them and relocate the animals", the mother commented.

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"Regardless of the investigative outcomes, Superintendent Dr. Heidi Maier is recommending termination", the district statement says.

The Forest High School FFA Alumni Chapter came out in support of Brewton.

Brewton has been suspended and will remain on a paid administrative leave until the investigation is complete.

The chapter also criticized coverage of the incident, saying the media will "escalate" the situation "to lengths that are unnecessary". We must focus on all of the extremely positive and life changing things that this man has done for people.

"This man's reputation and livelihood are threatened by those who know nothing about the ag business", one commenter wrote. I chose to look at them, but you might not wish to.

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