Justice for Raccoons Allegedly Drowned in Cruel Classroom Activity

Target: Brad King, State’s Attorney for the Fifth Judicial Circuit of Florida

Goal: Demand that a teacher who allegedly drowned raccoons in a water-filled garbage bin be punished severely if found guilty of committing this inhumane act.

Wild raccoons were allegedly drowned in a garbage bin filled with water as part of a shocking classroom activity in Florida. The high school teacher believed to be responsible is said to have carried out the barbaric act while instructing his students to help out, leaving many of them distraught and their parents outraged. Cruelty has no place in the classroom, and we must demand justice for these innocent raccoons.

“It made me sick. It made me sick to my stomach. It’s terrible,” said the mother of one student, who wished to remain anonymous. In a video reportedly taken by one of the students, a number of raccoons caught in a metal wire trap appeared to be lowered into the water-filled garbage bin. The trap was reportedly then held in place underwater using metal rods as the raccoons struggled for air, desperately trying to get their noses above water for several moments before at last perishing.

The suspected teacher has since been put on paid leave, but it is unclear whether he will face criminal charges for animal cruelty. Sign below to demand that the state’s attorney consider the suffering that these animals endured and the psychological trauma these students faced as a result of this teacher’s reported callous actions.


Dear Mr. King,

A number of wild raccoons are believed to have died a torturous death by drowning at the hands of a Marion County Public Schools high school teacher. The teacher reportedly wanted the raccoons exterminated after several chickens kept in the school’s agricultural program were found dead, and he allegedly instructed several students to assist him in this brutal killing. We do not feel cruelty has a place in our classrooms, and we demand justice for these innocent creatures.

This incident is currently under investigation by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission for suspected animal cruelty. If these allegations are true, this teacher must not go unpunished for inflicting such unthinkable suffering on these animals and subjecting his students to psychological distress. We demand that you seek the maximum penalty under law so that justice may be served.


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Photo Credit: Paxson Woelber

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  1. Barton Dixon says:

    “If a man aspires towards a righteous life, his first act of abstinence is from injury to animals.” Albert Einstein
    “Compassion for animals is intimately connected with goodness of character; and it may be confidently asserted that he who is cruel to animals cannot be a good man.” Authur Schopenhauer
    “If you have men who will exclude any of God’s creatures from the shelter of compassion and pity, you will have men who will deal likewise with their fellow men.” St. Francis of Assisi

  2. This is one very sick individual! Torture! Cruelty! Abuse! Horrible! Keep him away from animals and children!

  3. Paid leave?That’s insane the sheer cruelty and what he subjected the children to.

  4. This is pathological sadism and unacceptable behavior as alleged in the news reports. The effect on these students is probably permanenet. If I was a parent at this school I would be horrified.
    As I understand it he has now “retired” because he was about to lose his pension.
    Judging by the alarming supporting comments from the School FFA “alumni” this man has been successful in training animal abusers, maybe even sadists.
    I doubt that farmers routinely operate this way.

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