A science teacher at Marion County’s Forest Hill High School has been accused of drowning raccoons in a garbage can during an agriculture class. On Tuesday, Dewie Brewton was placed on administrative leave pending an investigation.
According to Click Orlando, the mother of the student who filmed the disturbing situation stated her son came home crying after having watched the two raccoons and a possum in a metal trap being submerged into the garbage can that had been filled with water. In the video, students can be seen helping to drown the animals.
Reports indicated Brewton, who has been at the school for over a decade, “pinned” the raccoons and caught them in cages before he “had the children drown” them. The animals were held under the water with metal rods as they desperately tried to come up for air, and even then students held the hoses in their faces. In one of the videos, students are shown pouring water into the raccoon’s cage.
“Some students were left with nightmares after the sixth-period agricultural science class,” one student told Channel 9. “My friend said that the class before that, they were putting the water into the buckets…The raccoons did not drown easily. They finally took the cage out of the water, and they trapped it into another smaller cage, where the top of the cage would go down into the water. And that’s how they killed the second one.”
Brewton decided to kill the raccoons because they had eaten chickens the class raised. Students were warned not to report or record the drownings. One student hid behind his classmates and secretly videoed the disturbing experience.
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission is investigating as well as officials from the Marion County Public Schools.
(Photos and video screenshots of drowning raccoons from Click Orlando and submitted video)
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