The mother of the student who shot the video, both who wish to remain anonymous, said to a reporter at WKMG-TV, "It made me sick".
As one of the students recorded cell phone video, Brewton and the students plunged them into the water and sprayed them with a hose to kill them. After the drowning of the animal came directly during class. Her son told her the creatures were trapped in cages as they were being drowned.
"It made me sick".
The mother said that Brewton chose to kill the raccoons because it ate a chicken that the class had been raising.
"He knew while it was happening that it was wrong, so he did it anyway and stood behind people hiding, taking pictures and videos", said the mother.
'Why is he not fighting?' one person asks in the clip as the raccoon sits in the garbage bin filled with water.
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He calls it "rogue production", adding that if it continues "the recovery of the ozone layer would be threatened". But if the problem is allowed to persist, it could jeopardize ozone layer recovery and worsen climate change.
Marion County School District spokesman Kevin Christian told the Ocala Star Banner the district had "received statements that the teacher drowned multiple animals in front of students, and with student participation, because the animals were nuisance animals to the ag program at the school", and that Dewie Brewton had been removed from class pending an investigation.
Maier said the school district is "appalled" by the actions of the teacher.
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission says it is investigating the way the raccoons were killed. The findings of that investigation will be presented to officials with the state attorney's office, who will then decide if criminal charges are appropriate in this case.
A Forest Hill High School parent told FOX51 that her son took photographs of the harrowing acts with the animals.
Interestingly, as the Miami Herald noted, alumni members of the Facebook group Forest High School Future Farmers of America (Forest High School FFA Alumni) spoke out in support of Brewton as a dedicated teacher and warned that the media would escalate this story unnecessarily. He has always gone above and beyond his call of duty to ensure that his students had everything they needed'.
She said her child came home in tears and was yelling and angry over what happened to the animals. Whether it is a raccoon or [another animal] you just don't torture an animal and kill it like that.