A teacher at Preston Junior High School in Idaho came under fire after he was accused of feeding a live puppy to a reptile.
Robert Crosland, a science teacher at the school, was accused after a local animal activist, Jill Parrish, filed a police report regarding the alleged incident, according to Fox 13.
Several members of the community are standing up to support the teacher, while online commentators are expressing outrage at the reports.
Heavy spoke with members of the community and former students of Crosland who are fiercely defending the teacher.
Here’s what you need to know:
1. He Is Accused of Feeding a Live’Screaming’ Puppy to a Snapping Turtle
What kind of ugliness and cruelty was perpetrated at Preston jr. high? Teacher Robert Crosland fed a live puppy to a snapping turtle in front of his students. Contact the Preston School District and ask questions. @prsschoolpa
— Barbara Green (@oneandonlybjg) March 13, 2018
A local animal activist to Preston, Jill Parrish, reportedly filed a report accusing Crosland of feeding a live puppy to a snapping turtle last week, according to Fox 13.
Parrish, who was not at the school at the time of the incident, alleges that a teacher from the school informed her last week that Mr. Crosland fed the live, crying and sickly puppy to the reptile in front of students.
“What I have learned in the last four days is disgusting. It is sick. It is sick,” said Parrish, according to Fox 13. “Allowing children to watch an innocent baby puppy scream because it is being fed to an animal. That is violence. That is not okay,” says Parrish.
2. A Woman Said Her Brothers Were 2 of 3 Students in the Classroom & Adamantly Denies the Accusations
A statement by Jacee Hammons.
A woman who identified herself as the sister of two boys who witnessed Crosland feeding the puppy to a snapping turtle is vehemently denying the puppy was alive when it was fed to the animal. Instead, she stated that the pup was peacefully humanely drowned before the teacher fed it to the reptile. Jacee Hammons posted the following to Facebook:
I have a little bit to say about the puppy being fed to the snapping turtle. First of all, there were only three students in the classroom and two of them were in high school. Only one of them was a junior high student. And out of those three students, two of them were my brothers. None of the kids need counseling, and Crosland didn’t feed the turtle in front of a whole class. Nor did they have a student who was frantically running to the principal trying to adopt the puppy.
It was also 45 minutes after school had been officially dismissed for the day. My brothers are doing fine and are honestly feeling terrible about how this has been affecting Crosland. My brothers also feel that Crosland did the right thing in seeing the puppy’s state …read more