A Forest High School agriculture teacher, Dewie Brewton, was placed on paid administrative leave after he allegedly drowned three caged "nuisance" animals as part of a classroom demonstration.
"Why is he not fighting?" one person in the video says as the raccoon sits in the trap in the trash can filled almost to the brim with water.
"One of the raccoons ate a chicken that they were raising so the teacher pinned the raccoons". 'It made me sick to my stomach'. "It's bad. It still does make me sick to my stomach", said the mother, who did not want to be identified.
The footage leaked by the Forest High School student appears to show one of the raccoons in a wire trap being dunked into a large garbage bin being filled with water by people who appear to be students.
'It's bad. It still does make me sick to my stomach'.
'When the raccoon would try to pop its head up they held water hoses in its face to drown it, ' she added.
In a statement, the Marion County School Board said, "While law enforcement tells us the teacher may not have done anything illegal, his actions before students are certainly questionable".
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission is investigating the way the raccoons were killed.
'I don't think that's the way to treat any animal, ' she said. Some students even helped the teacher to punish the animals, the rest just watched, but nobody tried to prevent the execution.
An employee at the high school captured two raccoons and an opossum that had been suspected of endangering the chickens being raised by the students in the class. "They should have trapped the animal and had somebody take them and relocate the animals", a parent told WKMG.
The mother of a Forest High School student wanted to remain anonymous, but she didn't want her story to.
The FFWCC included that its officers take these matters very seriously and are working hard to "determine the legality of what occurred". 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.
Some of Brewton's former students, meanwhile, have defended him as a teacher who has "gone above and beyond his call of duty" to help them.
'He has spent late nights, weekends and has provided around the clock support for his club and for his school'.