Teacher accused of feeding puppy to class snapping turtle

Elias Hubbard
March 13, 2018

Although the police are investigating the matter, it's unclear if the teacher has been charged with anything. Here's what we know so far about this story that seems like it's straight out of a Goosebumps book. The puppy was believed to be disfigured according to local news affiliate Fox 13.

It is not clear whether the dog was dead or alive at the time.

Even if the puppy was going to die, Parrish doesn't think this was the way to do it.

The reported incident in Robert Crosland's classroom allegedly happened after school hours on March 7 at Preston Junior High School, located roughly 300 miles east of Boise.

Several current and former students said Crosland is a well-liked teacher at the school who kept exotic animals like snakes and other reptiles in tanks in his classroom.

"He is a cool teacher who really brought science to life".

But an animal activist who filed a police report in connection with the alleged feeding was not sympathetic, calling Crosland's actions "disgusting" and offensive.

Gee declined to address rumors on social media that a teacher fed a live puppy to a snapping turtle.

Some parents of students in Crosland's class weren't bothered by the news and summed it up as the "circle of life".

As of early Tuesday, Crosland still appeared in the school's online directory. "If you're not fine with it, leave the room", added parent Annette Salvesen.

As far as the school district is concerned, Crosland has not yet been dismissed.

District administration was made aware of the issue soon after it occurred and immediately began the process of investigation and taking steps to ensure that this type of action could not be repeated.

"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 the students of the Preston School District". The sheriff's investigation was triggered by a complaint of animal cruelty, Gee said.

"The prosecutor said, 'Until he decides, he considers it an open book, '" Fryar said.

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