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Idaho science teacher feeds puppy to his snapping turtle in front of traumatized students

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Dog lovers may want to proceed with extra caution.

What we suspect may soon be a former Idaho junior high science teacher is under investigation for reportedly feeding a puppy to a snapping turtle in front of students, CBS Local News 3 reported.

Robert Crosland, considered a “popular” and “cool” teacher, served up the puppy last week after class, according to Preston School District 201 Superintendent Marc Gee.

“The event occurred well after students had been dismissed and was not a part of any school-directed program,” Gee said in a news release, according to East Idaho News. “We emphasize that at no time was the safety of students or staff compromised.”

Photo Source: Preston School District 201

The digital news organization said it was unclear if the dog was alive or dead when it was fed it to the turtle.

Franklin County Sheriff’s Office was contacted, Gee said, but Crosland, who is still in class, has yet to be cited or charged.

“A part of any investigation includes determining the best course of action once the facts of the matter have been ascertained,” Gee said. “This is not a situation that is easy, nor do we feel it is a measure that can be taken lightly.”

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Several former students told East Idaho News Crosland routinely fed guinea pigs to snakes and snapping turtles during classroom demonstrations.

“He is a cool teacher who really brought science to life,” one former student said. “I loved his class because he had turtles and snakes and other cool things.”


Tom Tillison


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