In Preston, Idaho, the teacher accused of feeding a sick puppy to a snapping turtle in front of several students has been charged with misdemeanor animal cruelty. Preston Junior High School science teacher, Robert Crosland, was charged on Friday.
According to the Idaho Statesman, the Idaho attorney general’s office investigated the incident after several parents came forward to say Crosland had fed the puppy to the turtle on March 7. The turtle was later seized by authorities and euthanized as a non-native species. Petitions for and against what happened appeared in the community, including one insisting the teacher be fired for killing an animal in front of “impressionable junior high school students.”
The puppy was reported to have been sick, but parents argue that was still no excuse to feed it to a turtle.
On the other side on a “We Support Crosland” petition, parents expressed their support for the teacher. There are 605 students in grades six to eight at Preston Junior High. If convicted, he faces penalties of up to six months in jail and up to a $5,000 fine.
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