A Florida teacher was being investigated after parents said he had students participate in the drowning of raccoons and chickens Monday.
WMUR reported, the mother of the student recalled the events of the full video, claiming that when the raccoons attempted to come to the surface of the water to breathe, the students and teacher used metal rods to hold down the animals.
The video, which shows cages submerged in trash cans filled with water and student participation, resulted in Dewie Brewton's leave on Tuesday.
ClickOrlando also spoke to a parent who said her son came home in tears over the incident.
In the interview with the WKMG, the mother said the incident made her "sick to my stomach".
The video was shot by a student at Forest High School who was upset about what was happening.
"They finally took the cage out of the water, and they trapped it into another smaller cage, where the top of the cage would go down into the water". It made me sick to my stomach. "It's awful. It still does make me sick to my stomach", said the mother, who did not want to be identified. The unfortunate animals plunged into a water-filled trash can.
'While law enforcement tells us the teacher did not do anything illegal, his actions before students are certainly questionable, ' a spokesperson told WKMG.
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FFWCC) responded to the incident in a statement saying that they are "looking into an incident that occurred at Forest High School in Marion County involving a raccoon".
Forest High School's FAA alumni on Wednesday posted their support for the teacher on Facebook. The commission's findings will be sent to prosecutors, who will determine if the teacher will face charges.
"We would like to say that we are 100% behind our advisor and everything he does for our children/students".
'This is a man who would give everything he had to make sure that his children/students are taken care of.
Some of Brewton's former students, meanwhile, have defended him as a teacher who has "gone above and beyond his call of duty" to help them.
'We must focus on all of the extremely positive and life changing things that this man has done for people'.
The raccoons reportedly created a nuisance and killed several chickens that were being raised by the students and staff in a shed behind the school premises.
"I don't think that's the way to treat any animal".