Bad teacher: A school teacher in Idaho is in hot water after feeding a live puppy to his pet snapping turtle in front of middle school students.
What was he thinking?
Science teacher Robert Crosland is under investigation for alleged animal cruelty after reports emerged that the middle school teacher fed a live puppy to his pet snapping turtle in front of middle school students at Preston Junior High, located in Preston, Idaho.
Reports indicate the live feeding took place at school, after the school day was finished, in front of several middle school students, in Crosland’s classroom.
It is not clear if the science teacher thought this gratuitous cruelty was of some educational value, or simply some form of sick and twisted entertainment.
According to reports, the puppy fed to the snapping turtle was sick. However, even if the puppy was sick, and even if the puppy was dying, that is no excuse for such cruel and inhumane treatment.
Commenting on the horrific episode, Franklin County Sheriff David Fryar said:
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.
In a press release, the school district asked for the public’s patience, while passively defending the teacher’s egregious actions:
While the district certainly does not condone individual actions that may violate district policy or reasonable expectations of behavior, we hope that any errors in judgment made by a teacher in this instance will not cause us to forget the years of care, effort and passion the teacher has given to the students of the Preston School District.
East Idaho News reports Crosland’s snapping turtle was euthanized after being seized by authorities after the Idaho Department of Agriculture requested that the Idaho Department of Fish and Game remove the turtle from Crosland’s possession.
The incident has sparked national outrage, as multiple petitions have sprung up demanding action be taken against the cruel science teacher, with one petition reaching over a 100,000 signatures.
Bottom line: In an act of gratuitous cruelty, a sick and twisted science teacher in Idaho fed a live puppy to a snapping turtle in front of middle school students.