A Florida teacher, accused of drowning animals in a high school classroom, was suspended, and then he retired. According to Ocala.com, the Forest High School agriculture-science teacher, identified as Dewie Brewton, was placed on paid administrative leave during the investigation into the incident. On Friday, the school district announced that Brewton had retired after decades of teaching.
Brewton came under fire after he allegedly drowned animals in a garbage can, with the help of his students. The raccoons and opossum which died were identified as “nuisance animals” to the school’s agriculture program.
Though the members of the school board expressed disgust with the situation, Brewton’s retirement has ended the district’s investigation into the matter. The Liberation Ocala African American Council has criticized those who “rushed to judgement” about the animal killings before an investigation could be completed. In a prepared statement, the organization said, “The community should be troubled by the rush to judgment statements and actions by district administrators and School Board members, even before a fair and thorough investigation.”
What happens to the accused teacher next?
Though the school district will no longer be investigating, the Florida Department of Health and the state Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission is still looking into the situation and criminal charges may be forthcoming. If criminal charges are made, Brewton’s pension could be impacted.
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