Officials in Idaho have completed a snapping turtle in the centre of an investigation about whether a biology teacher gave it to a sick pup to eat in front of the students.
In a statement released Friday, the Idaho State Department of Agriculture said snapping turtles are an invasive species in Idaho for which a licence application. The officials of the seized turtle Thursday.
Meanwhile, law enforcement officials say they have stepped up security for three schools in the Preston School District in eastern Idaho this week, following vague threats related to a claim that the pup was introduced to the turtle, March 7, at the high school.
SCIENCE TEACHER FED LIVE PUP SNAPPING TURTLE IN FRONT OF THE STUDENTS, WITNESSES SAY
The alleged incident led to outrage.
A teacher allegedly fed a LIVE puppy to a snapping turtle in front of young students ? There is NO excuse for it! https://t.co/kwGGiuiAxR
— PETA (@peta) March 14, 2018
There was no school Friday, but Preston police chief Mike Peterson, according to officials Monday back.
Two parents have said the teacher fed the turtle a sick puppy.
SCIENTISTS DISCOVER MORE THAN 100 NEW SPECIES, INCLUDING A CROCODILE LIZARD, THE SNAIL-EATING TURTLE
“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 this week. “We emphasize that at no time was the safety of pupils or staff at risk.”
In a letter sent home to parents March 9, the District said: “the event has taken place and after the students were dismissed and it was not a part of a school programme,”
However, the police told FOX13 the dog was alive when it was allegedly presented as a meal for the turtle.
A public prosecutor investigates.
The Associated Press and Fox News’ Greg Norman contributed to this article.