Teacher charged after 'feeding sick puppy to snapping turtle'

Robert Crosland

Teacher charged after 'feeding sick puppy to snapping turtle'

Police charged an Idaho teacher with misdemeanor animal cruelty after the teacher allegedly fed a sick puppy to a snapping turtle in front of several middle school students in the town of Preston, Fox News reports.

I mean, teachers are known for pulling all kinds of stunts in front of their class to try to get students engaged in boring subjects - rapping to Shakespeare, that kind of thing.

Robert Crosland, a teacher at Preston Junior High School, could be jailed for up to six months and fined up to $5,000 if he's found guilty. According to the Los Angeles Times, law enforcement launched an investigation after local animal rights activist, Jill Parrish, filed an animal cruelty complaint.

A petition was set up soon after word spread about the incident, with nearly 190,000 supporters having already signed it. It asked: "Do we really want teachers killing living animals in front of impressionable junior high students?"

In early March, Crosland gathered a small group of students for a science "experiment" after classes, during which he fed a sick puppy to a huge snapping turtle in front of them.

However, the school authorities seemed to be on Crosland's side despite the online hate Crosland invited after the experiment.

"Since then more details have emerged".

Crosland was accused of feeding a sick puppy to a snapping turtle he kept in his classroom.

The final paragraph added: "This is an extreme example of extremely poor judgement".

However, some parents have expressed support for Crosland including Farahlyn Hansen who took to Facebook to argue that the death of the puppy was an act of mercy.

Preston School Board Chairwoman Joy Christensen said that the district will wait for criminal proceedings to conclude before making a decision regarding Crosland's future. "We emphasize that at no time was the safety of students or staff compromised".

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