Students from a school in Idaho have been left “traumatized” by their science teacher’s afterschool antics. The kids could not believe what their teacher fed to the classroom’s pet snapping turtle when the animal got hungry. Now, the district has launched a full-blown investigation.
Robert Crosland has taught science at Preston Junior High School for years. And, for years, his classroom has operated without incident. However, he has now come under fire for a stunt which is inexcusable in the eyes of many. After class, Crosland fed a puppy to his pet snapping turtle in front of an undisclosed number of middle school students.
Robert Crosland, considered a “popular” and “cool” teacher, served up the puppy last week after class, according to Preston School District 201 Superintendent Marc Gee. [Source: BizPac Review]
The Franklin County Sheriff’s Office was contacted regarding the incident, but Crosland has yet to be cited or charged. Currently, he is still in the classroom teaching students.
It is unclear whether the puppy was alive or dead when Crosland fed it to the classroom’s pet snapping turtle. However, it is clear that the Idaho science teacher was beloved by his students.
“He is a cool teacher who really brought science to life,” said one of Crosland’s former students. “I loved his class because he had turtles and snakes and other cool things.”
Crosland is a popular teacher who has exotic snakes and other animals in tanks around his classroom, according to multiple parents and students who contacted EastIdahoNews.com. Three former students, who asked not to be named, said they recall Crosland feeding guinea pigs to snakes and snapping turtles during classroom demonstrations. [Source: East Idaho News]
“The event occurred well after students had been dismissed and [it] was not a part of any school-directed program,” Preston School District 201 Superintendent Marc Gee said in a news release. “We emphasize that at no time was the safety of students or staff compromised,” he added.
“A part of any investigation includes determining the best course of action once the facts of the matter have been ascertained,” Superintendent Gee furthered. “This is not a situation that is easy, nor do we feel it is a measure that can be taken lightly.”
The superintendent also said that the district is taking steps to ensure “this type of action could not be repeated,” and he asked local families for patience while the investigation is underway.
“While the district certainly does not condone individual actions that may violate district policy or reasonable expectations of behavior, we hope that any errors in judgment made by a teacher in this instance will not cause us to forget the years of care, effort, and passion the teacher has given to students in Preston School District,” added Gee.
While Robert Crosland may have been a model teacher in years past, beloved by students and parents alike, a monumental lapse in judgment led him to believe that feeding a puppy to a snapping turtle in front of children was appropriate in this day and age. In a world where many can hardly handle the fact that people still hunt for food, it’s not likely that this “foodchain demonstration” would ever go over well.
As the parents are led to wonder what other “atrocities” may have taken place under Crosland’s watch that they do not know about, I’m led to wonder why the children were left in his care after class, to begin with. This is the question everyone should now be asking, as well as where this puppy came from and whether the act was one of illegal animal cruelty.
While we find ourselves living in a society where the public school system has grown increasingly secular, liberal, and unaccountable over the years, parents cannot be too vigilant when it comes to knowing exactly what goes on in their children’s classrooms. Many parents who have no idea what’s going on in their children’s lives until there’s something to complain about.
In short, while it’s hard to imagine any scenario where feeding a puppy to a snapping turtle would be appropriate, the same parents who are complaining left their children at school after hours in the care of the teacher for reasons unknown. So, Robert Crosland might be guilty, but the parents aren’t free of blame either. In fact, the only innocent parties are the children and the animals. The animals can’t talk, and it seems the kids only have nice things to say about their teacher. It really makes one wonder where the real problem lies.