A teacher at a junior high school in Idaho is being investigated after he fed a live puppy to a snapping turtle in front of his students. Parents of the children, who are also animal activists, say the puppy was sick but that is no excuse for feeding it to a reptile.
One parent named Jill Parrish said, "What I have learned in the last four days is disgusting. It is sick. It is sick." When Parrish heard of the incident she filed a police report against the Preston Junior High science teacher named Robert Crosland. It was another teacher who told Parish that Crosland fed a live puppy that was supposedly sick to one of his reptiles.
Crosland has a snake and a snapping turtle in his science classroom and the whole feeding happened in front of students after school. "Allowing children to watch an innocent baby puppy scream because it is being fed to an animal. That is violence. That is not okay," Parrish said.
"I've only heard him feed like mice or birds to his animals. I feel a little bit better that it was a puppy that was going to die, not just a healthy puppy," a 7th grader at Preston Junior High named Este Hull said. Apparently, many of the other parents felt the same way. "If it was a deformed puppy and it was going to die anyway, Cros is very much circle of life," one parent said.
Another parent named Julie Johnson said, "He's the best science teacher Preston Junior High has." Franklin County Sheriff David Fryar announced his department is investigating the complaint. "We're investigating the facts and turning it over to the prosecutor. He's the one who will determine if the law has been broken," he said.
Parrish added, "There's a lot of humane things you can do. Feeding a live animal to a reptile is not humane and it's not okay." Other parents don't agree with Parrish and say that a hands-on approach to learning the circle of life is fine with them. "If you're not fine with it, leave the room," another said.
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