The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission told Newsweek it is investigating "an incident" that occurred at Forest High School in Marion County involving at least one raccoon and an opossum.
"My son stood in the background, hid his phone and watched as they filled these trash cans full of water, and held these raccoons down in trash cans in the cages", the parent told the station.
An employee at the high school captured two raccoons and an opossum that had been suspected of endangering the chickens being raised by the students in the class.
"While law enforcement tells us the teacher may not have done anything illegal, his actions before students are certainly questionable", the school district said in a statement, according to Fox 35.
'It's awful. It still does make me sick to my stomach'.
A 14-second video published by WKMG-TV in Orlando show a group of students filling a big tub of water using a hose and later keeping a raccoon, which was inside a metal wire trap, submerged. It made me sick to my stomach.
"For all you that don't know the man he is such a great person as one of his students I can personally at that he has gone above and beyond for not only me but to anyone that has ever come up to him and asked for his help". "That one probably didn't do anything". "My friend said that the class before that, they were putting the water in the buckets", he added.
A Forest Hill Excessive Faculty dad or mum informed FOX51 that her son took pictures of the harrowing acts with the animals. The findings of that investigation will be presented to officials with the state attorney's office, who will then decide if criminal charges are appropriate in this case. He has worked as the school's Future Farmers of America adviser since 2006, according to his biography page on the school's website.
"One of the raccoons ate a chicken that they were raising so the teacher pinned the raccoons", a parent said. "He is a man of faith and has always provided the wisdom and guidance needed for his students to succeed".
'He has spent late nights, weekends and has provided around the clock support for his club and for his school'. "The media is going to make this situation escalate to lengths that are unnecessary and we must stand together and focus on the facts".