PETA, school district react to Idaho teacher feeding 'live puppy' to snapping turtle

Snapping Turtle (File photo: KUTV)

(KUTV) - Animal activist group PETA issued a statement in response to news of an Idaho junior high school teacher who is accused of feeding a live puppy to a snapping turtle in front of students.

The teacher, Robert Crosland, is now under investigation.

The Preston school district also issued a statement about the incident. You can read the entire press release below.

ETA Senior Director of Cruelty Casework Stephanie Bell:

PETA has learned that witnesses, including students, reportedly watched this teacher place a live puppy into a tank with a snapping turtle, who attacked and nearly cut the dog in half, as the animal screamed. This teacher—who is allegedly known for feeding guinea pigs to reptiles during lessons—is a bully who should not be allowed near impressionable young people. Any youngster who witnessed cruelty in the classroom is now in desperate need of lessons about having empathy for other living beings.
We understand that the case has been forwarded to the prosecutor's office for a review of potential criminal charges, and TeachKind—PETA's humane education division—is urging the school district to take this incident just as seriously.

Robert Crosland, who teaches at Preston Junior High School in Preston, Idaho.

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,” Marc Gee, a Preston School District 201 superintendent said, as reported by East Idaho News.

The Preston School District also issued a press release: