Teacher charged for feeding sick puppy to snapping turtle

Teacher charged for feeding sick puppy to snapping turtle

Teacher charged for feeding sick puppy to snapping turtle

The school insisted that the experiment was "not a part of any school-directed program", while the turtle was seized by the Idaho State Department of Agriculture and "humanely euthanized", as it is viewed as an invasive species by state authorities.

"Even if the puppy was so sick it was eventually going to die, Crosland should not have fed it to a snapping turtle, especially while still alive", the petition's statement read.

But authorities declined to file charges after determining there was no intent to torture or harm the raccoons, which are considered nuisance animals. One online petition calling for Crosland to be fired had almost 189,000 signatures as of Friday afternoon.

The People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) weighed in saying Crosland is "a bully who should not be allowed near impressionable young people".

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

Farahlyn Hansen, the mother of the two boys, told the Citizen her sons were more upset about the outrage among school staff leveled at the teacher.

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Local media said attempts to reach Crosland at the school on Friday were not successful.

The uproar after the March 7 incident forced police to step up security amid threats at Preston Junior High School and other schools in the district.

Preston School Board Chairwoman Joy Christensen told the Statesman in March that the board would not make any decisions about Crosland until after the criminal investigation had concluded.

Crosland faces an arraignment June 12 in Franklin County.

The attorney general had no comment about the charge, and an initial court date for Crosland has not yet been scheduled.

Repercussion for a crime of this nature could include fines not exceeding $5,000, or up to six months incarceration. A person found to have one without a permit may be charged with a misdemeanor. We will update this story when we receive a response.

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