A junior high teacher is under investigation by the school district and the local sheriff’s department after students claimed he fed a puppy to large snapping turtle during after-school hours. It’s unclear if the puppy was alive or dead at the time of the incident. Three students said this isn’t the first time he fed one species of animal to another in front of them.
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Robert Crosland, who is a longtime science teacher at Preston Junior High School, was a part of an incident at the school that administration classified as “a regrettable circumstance involving some of the biological specimens” on March 7.
“The event occurred well after students had been dismissed and was not a part of any school-directed program,” Superintendent Marc Gee said in wake of the accusation. “We emphasize that at no time was the safety of students or staff compromised.”
According to CBS Philly, it’s unclear if the puppy was alive at the time it was being fed to the snapping turtle. The school’s administration stated that Crosland had not been removed from the classroom.
“A part of any investigation includes determining the best course of action once the facts of the matter have been ascertained. This is not a situation that is easy, nor do we feel it is a measure that can be taken lightly,” Gee added.
Sheriff Dave Fryar offered little to no detail regarding the incident, but he did offer insight into what the prosecutor was thinking about the case.
“I was just talking to the prosecutor on the phone,” Fryar said. “The prosecutor said, ‘Until he decides, he considers it an open book.’ He doesn’t want us to do anything to hamper the investigation.”
Preston School District has asked everyone to be patient while they look into every aspect of this investigation.
“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.”