According to a report in East Idaho News, Robert Crosland, a science teacher at Preston Junior High School fed a puppy to a snapping turtle while students watched. Preston School District 201 Superintendent Marc Gee says that the incident was not part of any "school-directed program" and happened after class.
There is some confusion regarding what state the puppy was in when it was fed to the turtle. Local animal activist Jill Parrish told reporters the dog was alive and screaming, while a written report states it is “unclear if the dog was alive or dead when Crosland fed it to the turtle.” Additionally, Parrish told Fox 13 the puppy was deformed.
Local police were contacted, but no charges have been filed and Crosland has not been placed on leave from his job. A Franklin County Sheriff told Fox 13: “We’re investigating the facts and turning it over to the prosecutor, he’s the one who will determine if the law has been broken.”
Former students of Crosland commented that he had fed guinea pigs to “snakes and turtles during classroom demonstrations” in the past. “He is a cool teacher who really brought science to life,” a former student said.