Warning: don’t drown raccoons in public

Dewie Brewton, a high school agri-science teacher in Marion County, Florida, will soon be looking for a new job and might be in big trouble with the law. He offended the sensibilities of parents at the school where he teaches, for drowning two raccoons and an opossum in a large plastic tub, in front of a class of pupils. The head of the school, Heidi Maier, has said she wants him sacked.

The animals were suspects in the death of a chicken that was raised by school pupils.

The fact that raccoons and opossum were a nuisance probably won’t save him from prosecution. According to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission: “live-captured nuisance wildlife must be released legally or euthanized humanely within 24 hours of capture or trap inspection.”