Idaho biology teacher investigated after 'regrettable' incident during animal feeding

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"It is sick. It is sick", Jill Parrish told Fox13.

Robert Crosland, a teacher at Preston Junior High in Preston, Idaho, a small city near the Utah border, is accused of feeding a puppy to the turtle as the students watched, according to local media. He was not cited, criminally charged or placed on leave as of late Monday, Gee told East Idaho News.

Fryar declined to confirm if a live puppy was fed to a turtle.

The incident is said to have taken place after school hours in front of students.

Franklin County Prosecuting Attorney Vic Pearson said in a statement that the incident had spurred "a considerable amount of public reaction", adding that both his office and law enforcement had received so many calls that it was interfering with their ability to proceed with the investigation.

Seventh-grader Este Hull also made statements suggesting that the puppy was alive.

"If it was a deformed puppy and it was going to die anyway, (it) is very much circle of life", parent Annette Salvesen said. "I feel a little bit better that it was a puppy that was going to die, not just a healthy puppy". Former students described the teacher as well-liked.

"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 judgment 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 the students of the Preston School District". "The prosecutor said, 'Until he decides, he considers it an open book.' He doesn't want us to do anything to hamper the investigation".

Parents and students said Crosland kept tanks of exotic snakes and reptiles in his classroom, making demonstrations at feeding times during class. "I loved his class because he had turtles and snakes and other cool things", one student said.

Parish was the one who alerted the police after a teacher from the school informed her of the incident.

District administration said it is taking steps to ensure this type of action could not be repeated.

"There's a lot of humane things you can do", Parrish told KSTU.