A Florida agriculture teacher was placed on administrative leave with pay on Tuesday after students said the teacher drowned nuisance animals in class.
Dewie Brewton, Forest High School's agriculture teacher, was removed from the class "pending the outcome of a district investigation," officials said.
"We 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," said Kevin Christian, School District spokesman.
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission issued a statement Tuesday saying that it "is looking into an incident that occurred at Forest High School in Marion County involving a raccoon."
The agency said its officers are investigating to determine the legality of what occurred.
"The FWC takes these matters seriously," the statement says.
For more information regarding nuisance wildlife, visit http://myfwc.com/conservation/you-conserve/assistnuisance-wildlife.
According to his biography page on the Forest website, Brewton has been the school FFA adviser since 2006. He also lists "FNGLA Industry Certification." FNGLA is short for Florida Nursery, Growers and Landscape Association.
In 2010, he was Forest's nominee for Golden Apple Teacher of the Year.