Published: Wed, March 14, 2018
People | By Neil Grant

Idaho teacher accused of feeding puppy to snapping turtle

Idaho teacher accused of feeding puppy to snapping turtle

According to reports from EastIdahoNews.com, that teacher is accused of feeding a puppy to a snapping turtle.

Robert Crosland, a science teacher at Preston Junior High School, is accused of the incident and is now under investigation for conducting the experiment on March 7 after school, according to the New York Daily News. He's fed guinea pigs to snakes before, says an unnamed student. High is under investigation after the school district says they were made aware of a "regrettable circumstance involving some of the biological specimens" at the school.

It appears that after school hours Crosland fed the puppy to a snapping turtle while some students watched.

It's unclear if the dog was alive or dead when Crosland fed it to the turtle.

Superintendent Marc Gee said the incident occurred after school on March 7.

School authorities, however, emphasized that at no point was the safety of students or staff at risk.

Franklin County Sheriff Dave Fryar was out of the office Monday morning and could not be reached for comment.

Gee told the East Idaho News that Crosland has not been cited, charged or placed on leave as of Monday.

"A part of any investigation includes determining the best course of action once the facts of the matter have been ascertained", Gee said.

"He is a cool teacher who really brought science to life", one student told the East Idaho News. Former students described the teacher as well-liked.

District administration said it is taking steps to ensure this type of action could not be repeated. However, Gee has said the board does not want to overlook his years of service.

Several current and former students said Crosland is a well-liked teacher at the school who kept exotic animals like snakes and other reptiles in tanks in his classroom.

One parent who spoke to KSTU defended Crosland's actions, saying it was a deformed puppy that was going to die anyway, and it's just a hands-on way to teach the circle of life.

A junior high school teacher is under investigation in Idaho after allegedly feeding a puppy to a turtle.

Look in all honesty I'm sure he was a cool guy but this is one of those things which are hard to forget, you know?

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