An investigation is underway after it was reported that a teacher at Forest High School in Florida drowned wild raccoons in a large garbage bin while students in his agriculture class assisted and watched.
The mother of one of the students who was in the class Monday, who asked to remain anonymous, said her son came home in tears over what happened to the animals, which the teacher said had been killing the class’s chickens. “It made me sick. It made me sick to my stomach. It’s terrible. It still does make me sick to my stomach,” the woman said.
Pictures and video recorded by that student show a raccoon in a metal wire trap, which the teacher and students then lifted into a garbage bin while they filled it with water from several hoses.
“When the raccoons tried to come up for air they had metal rods and they held them down with metal rods and when the raccoon would try to pop its head up they held water hoses in its face to drown it,” the mother said. The woman said two raccoons were drowned Monday and an opossum that was found later was killed “just for sport.”
A spokesman from Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission said the agency is investigating the way in which the raccoons were killed.