PETA has learned that witnesses, including students, reportedly watched this teacher place a live puppy into a tank with a snapping turtle, who attacked and almost cut the dog in half, as the animal screamed.
Yet despite having full knowledge of this horrifying incident, the school has yet to take any action against the teacher, Robert Crosland. “That is violence. That is not okay”, said activist Jill Parrish, who filed a police report. However, the teacher has not been charged, disciplined or placed on any kind of leave. High biology teacher is under investigation by school and law enforcement officials after what school district officials called a “regrettable circumstance” involving biological specimens.
School authorities, however, emphasized that at no point was the safety of students or staff at risk.
A 7th grade student told KSTU that Crosland, a longtime educated, typically fed mice or birds to his exotic animals, including snakes, in tanks in the classroom. Three former students who asked not to be identified said they remember Crosland feeding guinea pigs to snakes and snapping turtles during in-class demonstrations.
“He is a cool teacher who really brought science to life”, one student told the East Idaho News.
Crosland is still working as the investigation continues, reports say. According to East Idaho News, the dog was said to be disfigured and terminally ill, but it’s unclear whether it was alive at the time of the incident.
“Allowing children to watch an innocent baby puppy scream because it is being fed to an animal”.
He added that the school had taken steps to ensure that such an incident would not happen again.
The school district released a statement explaining that they were attempting to determine the best course of action. “It is sick. It is sick”, Parrish said. “That is not okay”.
One parent who spoke to KSTU defended Crosland’s actions, saying it was a deformed puppy that was going to die anyway, and it’s just a hands-on way to teach the circle of life.
That explanation didn’t satisfy Parrish, however.
Even if the puppy was going to die, Parrish doesn’t think this was the way to do it.
“There’s a lot of humane things you can do”. This media house does not correct any spelling or grammatical error within press releases and commentaries.