STUDENTS IN FLORIDA HIGH SCHOOL WATCH TEACHER DROWN RACCOONS, ON VIDEO
Education is really important. But this is especially true in Florida, where we have another instance of what not to do in education. Last week, a Marion County’s Forest High School teacher, Dewie Bewton, made quite an odd choice. He took the students in his science class outside and drowned him two racoons. The raccoons were in metal wire cages. The teacher put them underwater until they drowned. All of this was a demonstration for the class. Students watched and also participated in the raccoon drowning. How do we know about this and why is it a controversy? There is video of the Florida teacher drowning the raccoons, using a long pole to hold them underwater as they struggled and died.
FLORIDA TEACHER DOESN’T SEE THE BIG DEAL, THINKS MEDIA MADE THE PROBLEM
Brewton has been a teacher at the High School for years. But now he’s on leave as an investigation in underway. The video caused quite a stir when it was aired by a local tv station. Raccoons are a “nuisance animal” in Florida, which means it’s not illegal to kill them. But according to state law, they have to be euthanized humanely. There’s no word on where drowning fits in to a humane killing. But many of the students were completely horrified at what they saw. But even worse, there doesn’t appear to be any reason for the science class to have watched these animals killed by their teacher.
KILLINGS HAD NOTHING TO DO WITH SCIENCE CLASS, TEACHER ON LEAVE
The school district is playing it safe and released a statement, “Marion County Public Schools is appalled at the actions of an agri-science teacher accused of killing nuisance animals in front of students earlier this week.” Dr. Heidi Maier, the superintendent, would like to see Brewton fired over the incident. Investigations by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission and the Florida Department of Health are underway as well.
PARENTS HAVE TO DEAL WITH FALLOUT WITH TRAUMATIZED KIDS
But it’s pretty disturbing that this happened. The kids in these classes will need some context after witnessing the animal executions. On the video you can hear one child say, “That one is like super super small. That one probably didn’t do anything.” Parents can thank this Florida teacher for a total mess. This should never have happened.