OCALA, Fla. (WTXL) - A central Florida high school teacher is on paid administrative leave after cell phone video appears to show him drowning wild raccoons during class.
The video was shot by a student in Ocala who was upset by what was happening.
That student's mother says her son was made to stand with his fellow classmates and drown two raccoons and a possum.
"One of the raccoons ate a chicken that they were raising so the teacher pinned the raccoons," a parent said. "Caught them in cages. Took the cages, filled up large trash cans full of water and had the children drown the raccoons in the cages inside the water. Inside the trash cans."
Her son told her the agriculture teacher threatened that anyone who recorded or took pictures of the incident would be given a referral.
The teacher is on paid administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigation.