Junior high school biology teacher Robert Crosland has been a great teacher for years, by all accounts, until he fed a puppy to a snapping turtle in front of students and caused an investigation by the Preston, Idaho School District and the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office.
It’s unknown whether the puppy was alive or dead when it was fed to the turtle.
"He is a cool teacher who really brought science to life," a former student told the East Idaho News. "I loved his class because he had turtles and snakes and other cool things."
Other students told the local newspaper that Crosland, who has snakes and other animals in tanks in his classroom, fed Guinea pigs to snakes in class during live demonstrations.
Gee is asking for patience during the investigation and said he hopes Crosland’s years of dedication and care won’t be forgotten by “any errors in judgement.”
The Franklin County Sheriff's Office is also investigating the incident after it received a complaint of animal cruelty.
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Crosland is still in the classroom and is still teaching while investigators look into the incident.