By Nate Eaton, EastIdahoNews.com
PRESTON, Idaho– Authorities have euthanized a snapping turtle after taking it from an Idaho junior high science instructor who is currently under investigation for feeding a little puppy to the reptile.
“The snapping turtle was euthanized humanely,” a declaration from the Idaho Department of Farming said.
The turtle had actually been in the ownership of Robert Crosland. Authorities took the reptile on Tuesday and euthanized it that exact same day.
Crosland, a teacher at Preston Junior High School, has not been cited or accuseded of any crime. The Franklin County Sheriff’s Office conducted an examination that was turned over to Franklin County Prosecuting Lawyer Vic Pearson. Pearson said Tuesday that due to a dispute of interest, his workplace has actually employed the assistance of a 6th Judicial District prosecuting lawyer.
Crosland has taught science at Preston Junior high for many years. On Monday, EastIdahoNews.com reported he was being investigated after multiple sources said he fed the young puppy to a snapping turtle after school in front of trainees.
A mother of two of the three boys in the class when the feeding took place told the Preston Resident that the story has been overplayed.
“If anybody has a right to be upset, it is me,” Farahlyn Hansen informed the paper. “I am not upset. I seemed like it was the more gentle thing for Robert to do than to just leave it (the pup) to pass away … The pup was dying.”
She also informed the paper that the pup had been turned down by its mom.
Numerous students, previous trainees, moms and dads and community members have actually gotten in touch with EastIdahoNews.com stating they support Crosland and are dissatisfied, even mad, that the story
has actually remained in the news. A petition entitled “We Support Crosland” had over 3,000 signatures as of 9:15 p.m. Thursday, and lots of Facebook users have actually posted positive messages in favor of the science teacher.
There has actually been reaction versus Crosland in Idaho and throughout the country. EastIdahoNews.com has gotten lots of phone calls and messages from people furious about what the instructor did. There are online petitions requiring Crosland to be fired, and one has more than 90,000 signatures.
The Idaho Humane Society has actually asked for a thorough investigation into the alleged mistreatment of the puppy and PETA issued a declaration getting in touch with the school district to take the event “seriously.”
“This teacher– who is supposedly known for feeding guinea pigs to reptiles throughout lessons– is a bully who should not be enabled near impressionable young people,” PETA Senior Director of Cruelty Casework Stephanie Bell stated in the declaration. “Any youngster who witnessed cruelty in the classroom is now in desperate need of lessons about having compassion for other living beings.”
The event has actually resulted in threats targeting Crosland and Preston schools. Authorities increased security Thursday after a Facebook post was produced encouraging violence against Preston School District 201. The Franklin County Constable identified the post did not position a credible risk, according to a letter from Superintendent Marc Gee, however officers and deputies were stationed at schools as a safety measure.
Crosland is a beloved instructor who brought science to life, according to a 2000 story published in The Herald Journal.
“Cages and aquariums line the walls, and they’re not simply local snakes and frogs,” the short article states. “His space is so interesting even previous trainees still go to. Ninth-graders on Preston High School’s track team sometimes end their training performs at the middle school.”
“We had a blast when we remained in his class,” Jacob Linderman told the paper at the time. “When we end our runs here, this is the top place we come to see all the animals.”
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