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US News Teacher who 'fed puppy to snapping turtle' charged

15:05  03 june  2018
15:05  03 june  2018 Source:   news.sky.com

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PRESTON, Idaho — An Idaho science teacher who allegedly fed a puppy to a snapping turtle was criminally charged Friday following an investigation by the state attorney general. Robert Crosland is facing one misdemeanor count of animal cruelty.

High school science teacher accused of feeding puppy to snapping turtle . Robert Crosland, who has taught science at Preston Junior High School in Idaho for years, has not been charged or suspended while the investigation is carried out.

Robert Crosland is accused of feeding the dog to a turtle in front of his students. Pic: Preston Junior School © Getty Robert Crosland is accused of feeding the dog to a turtle in front of his students. Pic: Preston Junior School

A science teacher accused of feeding a sick puppy to a snapping turtle in front of students has been charged with misdemeanour animal cruelty.

Robert Crosland, who worked at Preston Junior School in Idaho, faces up to six months in jail and a $5,000 fine if he is convicted.

Several parents of children at the school complained after Crosland, who was charged on Friday, allegedly fed the dog to the turtle on 7 March.

The snapping turtle was euthanised as a non-native species after it was seized by state officials several weeks later.

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The regrettable circumstance was, uh, apparently feeding a puppy to a snapping turtle while students watched. Though police were contacted, East Idaho News noted that Crosland has not been cited, charged with any “He is a cool teacher who really brought science to life,” a former student says.

Salt Lake Tribune Robert Crosland, the teacher who fed the puppy to the turtle . Last week, an Idaho middle school teacher made headlines when he fed a live puppy to a snapping turtle as part of a science demonstration.

Snapping turtles are considered an invasive species in Idaho © PA Snapping turtles are considered an invasive species in Idaho

Several current and former students have cited Crosland as being a well-liked teacher who kept exotic animals such as snakes and other animals in tanks in his classroom, the New York Post reports.

It adds that three former students, who asked not to be named, said they remembered Crosland feeding guinea pigs to snapping turtles during class.

He is said to have fed a sick puppy to one of the turtles during an after-school feeding session, the Idaho Statesman reported.

Local animal activist Jill Parrish filed a police report after hearing about the allegations, the Utah-based TV station KSTU reports.

She told the network: "Allowing children to watch an innocent baby puppy scream because it is being fed to an animal - that is violence.

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It appears that after school hours Crosland fed the puppy to a snapping turtle while some students watched. However, the teacher has not been charged , disciplined or placed on any kind of leave. “He is a cool teacher who really brought science to life,” a former student said.

Pictured Preston Junior High School science teacher who fed a puppy to a snapping turtle . Robert Crosland charged with animal cruelty: A Preston, Idaho school teacher faces up to six months in jail and up to ,000 fine after feeding a puppy to a snapping turtle .

"That is not okay."

Snapping turtles have powerful beak-like jaws © Getty Snapping turtles have powerful beak-like jaws

The Idaho attorney general's office handled the investigation after Franklin County prosecutor Vic Pearson cited a conflict of interest.

The animal rights activist group PETA has claimed that Crosland is "known for feeding guinea pigs to reptiles during lessons".

They added that he is a "bully who should not be allowed near impressionable young people".

Stephanie Bell, PETA's senior director of cruelty casework, said: "Any youngster who witnessed cruelty in the classroom is now in desperate need of lessons about having empathy for other living beings."

The story caused widespread outrage with an online petition set up calling for Crosland to be fired. It has collected more than 189,000 signatures.

Former students, community members and others have shown support for Crosland in an online petition that has topped 3,700 signatures.

Snapping turtles are native to parts of Canada and the US, but are considered an invasive species in Idaho.

They eat both plants and animals and have powerful beak-like jaws.

Snapping turtles have been known to eat small fish, snakes, insects, frogs and small birds.

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