Robert Crosland, a popular veteran science teacher at Preston Junior High School in Idaho, apparently fed a puppy to a snapping turtle in front of students after school last week. Apparently the puppy was infirm and not expected to live, justifying his conversion into Turtle Chow in the teacher’s view.
Crosland has not been criminally charged or placed on leave—yet—but the school is still investigating and considering its options, as is the Franklin County prosecutor.
Interviewed students said Crosland is a well-liked, “cool” teacher at the school who kept snakes and other reptiles in tanks in his classroom, and had fed guinea pigs to snakes and snapping turtles in past classes. School officials describe him as a passionate, dedicated, gifted teacher. On the other side, Jill Parrish, an animal activist who filed a police report in connection with the alleged feeding, called Crosland’s actions “sick” and “disgusting.”
“Allowing children to watch an innocent baby puppy scream because it is being fed to an animal … that is violence,” Parrish said. “That is not okay.”
While trying to sort all this out, officials took action: they killed the snapping turtle.
I have nothing but questions about all of this:
Guinea pigs are cute, and they squeal. What is the line that makes feeding them to snakes acceptable science, and but feeding puppies to turtles “sick”?
My 9th grade biology teacher killed 20 frogs one time, so we could dissect them. Two girls started crying. Are reptiles and amphibians especially kill-able? Who makes these rules?
Is it worth losing a talented science teacher because of political correctness? Is that what this is?
What difference does it make that the puppy was sick? Isn’t feeding it to a snapping turtle just as cruel whether it is sick or not?
The officials who killed the snapping turtle said they did it because the reptile was “an invasive species.” Does anyone believe that? It sure seems like they are executing the turtle for killing a puppy, which means they could use a science lesson or two themselves.
If the teacher had fed a sick ugly baby turtle to a puppy, would they have killed the dog?
I think not.