Science teacher fed live pup snapping turtle in front of the students, witnesses say

Science teacher Robert Crosland allegedly fed a puppy to a snapping turtle in front of the students.

(Preston School District)

An Idaho high school science teacher who allegedly fed a sick puppy to a snapping turtle in front of his students continued to be the subject of a police investigation Tuesday.

The incidents reported in Robert Crosland of the class allegedly happened after school on March 7, at Preston Junior High School, located about 300 miles east of Boise.

“Preston School District was informed of a regrettable circumstance in which some of the biological specimens Preston Jr. High,” the district said in a statement. “We emphasize that at no time was the safety of pupils or staff at risk.”

The police told FOX13 the dog was alive when it was allegedly presented as a meal for the turtle.

“We examine the facts and turning to the officer of justice. He is the one who will determine whether the law has broken,” said Franklin County Sheriff David Fryar.

The dog also had an illness at the time of his death, which originally was reported to the police by a local animal activist after a teacher told her about the alleged incident, according to FOX13.

“What I’ve learned in the past four days is disgusting. It is sick. It is sick,” said Jill Parrish of the activist.

On Tuesday, Crosland has not been charged or placed on leave.

“While the district certainly do not condone the individual actions that violate district policy or the reasonable expectations of behavior, we hope that any errors in judgment made by a teacher in this case does not lead to the forgetting of the years of the care, the efforts and the passion of the teacher has given to students in the Preston School District,” the district said in a letter sent home to parents Friday.

This neighborhood also said: “the event has taken place and after the students were dismissed and it was not a part of a school programme,” but the representatives that spoke to FOX13 said that it happened in front of the students.

Crosland is popular among the school of the student body, and often has exotic animals in the classroom, former students told East Idaho News. They claimed that he often fed the guinea pigs and the snakes and snapping turtles during the lessons in the classroom.

“He is a cool teacher who really brought the science to life,” a former student said. “I loved his class, because he had turtles and snakes and other fun things.”

Preston Schools did not immediately respond to Fox News’ request for comment.

Fox News’ Nicole Darrah contributed to this report.

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