Idaho Teacher Investigated for Feeding Puppy to Snapping Turtle
According to a report on Fox13 in Salt Lake City, a science teacher in Preston, Idaho was said to have fed a live puppy to either his snake or his snapping turtle in his classroom. Although it was reported it was in front of students, the school actually made a statement saying that the teacher did not actually feed his reptiles in front of students. The teacher reportedly said that the dog was sick and was going to die anyway. Some animal activists are enraged, while some students in the junior high school and their parents are okay with it because the puppy was dying anyway. The whole situation is being investigated. Would you mind if your child witnessed this? Personally, I know of at least three people who would not care about this if it were a mouse he fed allegedly in front of students, but the fact that it is an animal certain animal activists prefer, it ruffled feathers.
Here is the statement from the school to Fox13:
On March 7, 2018 Preston School District was made aware of a regrettable circumstance involving some of the biological specimens at Preston Jr. High. The event occurred well after students had been dismissed and was not a part of any school directed program. We emphasize that at no time was the safety of students or staff compromised.
District administration was made aware of the issue soon after it occurred and immediately began the process of investigation and taking steps to ensure that this type of action could not be repeated. A part of any investigation includes determining the best course of action once the facts of the matter have been ascertained. This is not a situation that is easy, nor do we feel it is a measure that can be taken lightly. As such we ask for patience while appropriate measures are determined and carried out.
Additional details cannot be shared at this time as the local law enforcement agency is in the process of gathering information.
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 judgement 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 students in Preston School District.
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