Pictures and video taken by the student show a raccoon in a metal trap, which the teacher and students lifted into a garbage bin while it filled up with hose water, WKMG reported.
"It made me sick".
The raccoons were drowned because they had killed several of the school's chickens, a freshman student of Forest High School in Ocala told ABC Orlando affiliate WFTV. "It's awful. It still does make me sick to my stomach", the mother, who did not want to be identified, told WKMG.
According to the agency's website, wildlife animals that are considered a nuisance can be caught using live traps, snares or firearms during daylight hours and where they're allowed.
"When the raccoons tried to come up for air, they had metal rods and they held them down with metal rods".
The teacher of the agriculture class was placed on paid leave Tuesday. The district further stated that regardless of the outcomes of the investigations, Superintendent Dr. Heidi Maier is recommending that the teacher be fired.
Kevin Christian, a spokesperson for Marion County School Board, said in a statement, "While law enforcement tells us the teacher may not have done anything illegal, his actions before students are certainly questionable".
It released a statement on Tuesday saying it was "looking into" the incident and that officers are determining "the legality of what occurred", according to OCALA.
In March, a junior high biology teacher in Idaho reportedly fed a puppy to a snapping turtle in front of students. The findings of that investigation will be presented to officials with the state attorney's office, who will then decide if criminal charges are appropriate in this case.
'We would like to say that we are 100 percent behind our adviser and everything he does for our children/students, ' the statement, posted on Facebook, reads.
'He has spent late nights, weekends and has provided around the clock support for his club and for his school'. "He is a man of faith and has always provided the wisdom and guidance needed for his students to succeed". However, one of the disciples disobeyed Bruton and documented the process, during which an American teacher guilty of two drowned raccoons.
"I don't think that's the way to treat any animal", she said.
"For all you that don't know the man he is such a great person as one of his students I can personally at that he has gone above and beyond for not only me but to anyone that has ever come up to him and asked for his help".