PRESTON, Idaho (WSVN) — An Idaho school district is investigating after a science teacher was accused of feeding on a live, ill puppy to a snapping turtle in front of a group of pupils.
According to Fox 13, deputies said animal activist Jill Parrish filed a police report later another teacher told her Robert Crosland perpetrated the action.
“Allowing children to watch an innocent infant puppy scream as it is being fed to a creature. That is violence. That isn’t fine,” Parrish said. “There’s a whole lot of humane affairs you can do. Feeding a live animal to a reptile isn’t humanist and it is not okay.”
As stated by the school district, the episode occurred after classes were dismissed.
Reaction to the news has been mixed with a few while others feel it went too much.
Over 3,000 have signed an online petition confirming Crosland’s action while the other petition calling for his termination has accumulated over 100,000 signatures up to now.
“When it was a immature pup that was going to die anyhow, Cros[property] is very much circle of life,” says parent Annette Salveson. “If you are not fine with it, leave the room”
According to the Associated Press, the turtle in question was euthanized after authorities seized it. Snapping turtles are an invasive species in Idaho, and they need a permit.
The Idaho Statesman accounts that Crosland may face a misdemeanor charge due him with the turtle without a permit.
Since news of the episode, three schools in the area have stepped up security due to “vague threats.”