One of the students showed the video to local journalists, which shows nightmarish for children the situation.
A parent told Fox 35 she was "disgusted" when her son, a student in the Forest High School agricultural science class, brought home video of the incident she said he secretly recorded. In addition to holding down the drowning raccoons, the students and their instructor would use water hoses to spray the raccoons and opossum in the face in an effort to speed the drowning process.
The animals had reportedly been killing chickens that the students were raising for class.
The Forest High School teacher, Dewie Brewton, was placed on administrative leave pending an investigation, per the Ocala StarBanner. "While law enforcement determines whether this teacher's actions were legal or not, his actions before students are entirely unacceptable and cause us great concern".
"We obtained statements that the trainer drowned a number of animals in entrance of scholars, and with scholar participation, as a result of the animals had been nuisance animals to the [agriculture] program on the college", Marion County Faculty District spokesman Kevin Christian informed the Star-Banner.
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Maier said the school district is "appalled" by the actions of the teacher.
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission is also investigating and officers from the FFWCC were at the school on Tuesday. A separate Florida Department of Health investigation is also underway. She also said that her son "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". "He could have had somebody come and relocate the animals". "It made me sick".
"When the raccoons tried to come up for air, they had metal rods and they held them down with metal rods".
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.
"We would like to say that we are 100% behind our adviser and everything he does for our children/students".