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Florida teacher accused of drowning raccoons during class

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OCALA, Fla. -

A Florida high school agriculture teacher has been accused of drowning wild animals in a trash can as students watched and participated. The Ocala Star Banner reports that Dewie Brewton, the school's agriculture teacher, allegedly trapped the raccoons in metal cages, then lowered the cages into water-filled trashcans.

Brewton was placed on administrative leave pending an investigation, per the Ocala Star Banner. He has been the school's Future Farmers of America adviser since 2006.

“It made me sick. It made me sick to my stomach,” the mother of a student who took surreptitious pictures of the event told CBS News

"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 mother told FOX.

Officials received multiple complaints about the event; a district spokesperson says officials were told the animals were drowned "because [they] were nuisance animals to the ag program."

In all, two raccoons and an opossum were reportedly killed.

Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation officials are also looking into the matter and will determine if laws were broken.

“While law enforcement tells us the teacher did not do anything illegal, his actions before students are certainly questionable," a rep for the school district said.

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