Teacher offers explanation for drowning raccoons

The Florida teacher who faced harsh public criticism for drowning raccoons during a science class at Marion County’s Forest Hill High School has offered an explanation for what he did. According to CBS News, Dewie Brewton, who has since retired from teaching, told investigators that he suspected the raccoons were killing chickens which had been raised by his class and knew that he could not shoot them.

The explanation

Brewton trapped the raccoons, but he knew that guns were forbidden on school grounds and he didn’t want to bludgeon them because it would be too “brutal and messy.” It was Brewton’s opinion that drowning the so-called “nuisance animals” was the most humane manner to dispose of them.

No repercussions

Initially, there was speculation that Brewton would face charges for drowning the animals. However, the state attorney’s office reviewed the case and decided that criminal charges were not warranted because Brewton did not “torment” the animals and the killing was determined not to be cruel.

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24 replies
  1. susan froman says:

    Dying a slow watery death isn’t torture.
    Really
    Wow
    Now this is a whole new level of “F”ed up.
    Dear douchebag teach you could have called someone to come and get these what you call “nuisance animals” instead of sending them to a watery grave.
    For all the asshat students that watched and recorded you all suck and should be a shame of yourselves.

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    • Laura Wojtowicz says:

      Death is cruel done by a being. Trapping the racoons to release in woods, forest or to be picked up by animal control is the answer but I’m not smart as one with a college degree.

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  2. maxiemom says:

    So, he doesn’t think that was torture?

    Why don’t we drop him in the middle of the Atlantic and let him see how he likes it?

    That would be the most appropriate ‘teachable moment’ here, next to the authorities doing the right thing and charging this POS for animal cruelty! After all, he just ‘taught’ his students it’s perfectly permissible to torture and ill helpless animals.

    It’s up to the justice system to remind them that no, it is NOT, and that YES, you do face serious consequences no matter who you are and what EXCUSES you give for your actions.

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    • Sue says:

      Apparently the authorities don’t think it’s torture, either.

      The best way to learn is to experience it yourself. All those who don’t think it’s torture should be made to experience it within an inch of their lives. I guarantee they would THEN decide that it is, indeed, torture.

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    • Animal Advocate says:

      With teachers Ike this barbarian teaching cruelty is ok and doesn’t get charged with cruelty! And we wonder why we have serial killers, serial rapists and mass shooters. Most started out with animal torture! Sickening!

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  3. Pamela Garlisch says:

    Unfortunately the state’s attorney’s office has no morals either, I say put cement shoes on them and drop them in a deep lake, see if they think that is torture. Just because they are animals doesn’t mean they don’t have feelings. Why is this ok for animals and not for humans? Some serious education needs to be done with these people.

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  4. J. Martin says:

    If it’s not torture … I don’t know what the HELL is!!! Then why is it … sailors consider it one of the worst ways to die?
    Why do the people who go out on the water wear a life preserver? Why are there life boats on large ships? The state’s attorney’s office is full of fucking idiots it seems. I suppose if one is to commit a crime .. that would be the perfect place to do it in. BECAUSE they’re all stupid!!!!
    The bastard could have turned them over to the humane society or conservation authority to be re-released somewhere else. The POS got to retire with his pension .. what he should have gotten WAS THE SAME THING DONE TO HIM!!!

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  5. Adrienne says:

    What? No charges for drowning these raccoons? So, this jackass does not think drowning is torture and obviously the police don’t think so either. How about water boarding that our government says is torture? The same thing,simulated drowning. Yet the state’s attorney’s office decided that it is not torture to drown an animal. WOW! These animals could have been rounded up by animal control and euthanized the proper way, not by drowning. Justice is truly blind in this Florida community.

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  6. Nancy Raymond says:

    He can take his ‘explanations’ and stick them where the sun don’t shine. He tortured these animals by drowning them slowly – and he thinks this is acceptable – sure show kids that animals are nothing more than disposable objects and it is OK to be cruel to other creatures. The only nuisance here is Dewie Brewton.

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  7. Jan Barnes says:

    That is no excuse for murdering innocent defenseless creatures, you subhuman lunatic! I hope “karma” includes special creative drowning methods custom made for you! So glad you are no longer teaching your students how to mercilessly kill!

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  8. JEANETTE says:

    what kind of idiots are in the state attorney’s office? that teacher should have been charged with animal torture.

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  9. pennysdachshunds says:

    Well NEXT Time instead of a Mass Shooting the “Perp” and force their victims into a van haul them to the pier , weight them down and make them jump into the lake or ocean !!!! Then he / she /they can walk free because this isn’t torture !!! What a Stupid bunch of Bastards for official Florida has…

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  10. susispot says:

    Complete bullshit! If I were one of his students I would be traumatized for the remainder of my life. He’s a bonified SOB

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  11. Alan says:

    I am a local resident to this incident. It is absolutely disgusting. He could have just taken them out to any of the numerous forested areas and released them. Shame on hi and all that have tried to excuse him. The local Newspaper is The Ocala Star Banner, pleas inundate them with letters. they appear to have little concern about this incident. They have published a couple of articles in his defense

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  12. Tracy Whitcomb says:

    That’s a bunch of Bullshit. He could have called the animal control or anything else instead of killing those innocent animals the way he did. He should go to prison for this. Letting him retire and not do anything is telling everyone its ok to do this. This is BULLSHIT!!!!

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  13. PAMELA D says:

    What kind of excuse can this low life POS scumbag give? Why? because the asshole got caught. Hopefully someday soon someone will drown your kids and let me see how it feels you useless subhuman.

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