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Teacher accused of feeding puppy to turtle is charged

Teacher accused of feeding puppy to turtle is charged

I mean, teachers are known for pulling all kinds of stunts in front of their class to try to get students engaged in tiresome subjects - rapping to Shakespeare, that kind of thing.

Robert Crosland, a science teacher at Preston Junior High in Idaho, was charged with misdemeanor animal cruelty for the March 7 incident, the Idaho Statesman reported.

Right...but what about the safety of the sick puppy?

The charges, filed Friday, allege one count of misdemeanor cruelty to animals. If Crosland is found guilty, he could serve up to six months in jail and be fined up to $5,000.

A petition was set up soon after word spread about the incident, with nearly 190,000 supporters having already signed it. "... Do we really want teachers killing living animals in front of impressionable junior high students?"

Attempts to reach Crosland at the school Friday were not successful. "That is violence. That is not OK", animal rights activist Jill Parrish said, via USA Today.

"Since then more details have emerged". A Change.org petition titled "We support Crosland" garnered 3,805 signatures; and according to the Los Angeles Times, one parent wrote on Facebook that the kids present weren't "upset or traumatized" and that "they saw the physical state of the very young puppy".

The petition reads: "This is an extreme example of extremely poor judgment". Preston School District says the incident occurred after school hours and no students were put in danger by the teacher's actions.

"We emphasise that at no time was the safety of students or staff compromised".

The breed, native to Canada and the United States, have powerful beak-like jaws and eat both plants and other animals including snakes, fish, bird and insects. "I loved his class because he had turtles and snakes and other cool things".

Officials seized and euthanized the snapping turtle, which is an invasive species in Idaho, and which requires the owner to have a permit, which Crosland did not.

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