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Teacher Feeds Puppy to Snapping Turtle… and it’s not in FL.

When reality is stranger than fiction… and strangely does not come from Florida.

Photo: Preston School District 201/Courtesy of East Idaho News

Idaho teacher who fed puppy to snapping turtle charged

Science teacher Robert Crosland faces a misdemeanor count of animal cruelty.

PRESTON, Idaho — A teacher at Preston Junior High who fed a puppy to a snapping turtle as students watched has been charged with a misdemeanor count of animal cruelty.

The charge against science teacher Robert Crosland was filed in Franklin County Friday, nearly three months after the incident that sparked uproar across Idaho and beyond.

Preston School District 201 Superintendent Marc Gee called Crosland’s actions “a regrettable circumstance,” but noted that the puppy was fed to the turtle after school hours. The Idaho Attorney General’s Office stepped in to investigate in March.

As the story gained nationwide attention, online petitions for Crosland to be fired or charged criminally gained thousands of signatures. Others in Preston defended the teacher, praising him as a dedicated educator.

The snapping turtle involved was later seized and euthanized by the Idaho Department of Fish and Game as a non-native species.

Crosland’s first court date in the case has not yet been set.

Misdemeanor animal cruelty is punishable on the first offense by up to six months in jail and a fine of up to $5,000.


Personally, I don’t agree with putting down the turtle. It’s not the turtle’s fault. If they had sent it to a nice farm or preserve it would have been fine… and what kind of school approves of a snapping turtle as a classroom pet anyway?!  Just type in “Snapping Turtle” into google and you’ll get tons of videos of them attacking and hunting other animals… and biting stupid people who decide to harass them.


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