Last year, an Idaho science teacher, known as being a favorite among students, drew outrage after he fed his classroom snapping turtle a live puppy.

As Dearly previously reported, Robert Crosland was with students in his classroom after school hours when the incident occurred at Preston Junior High.

Police started an investigation after parents grew outraged, and Crosland was charged with one count of animal cruelty.

Now, the teacher has learned his fate.

According to Fox 13, the four students who witnessed the incident testified in court.

A 14-year-old boy said that Crosland tried to feed the puppy, which was sickly, to a snake first. He gave the puppy to the snapping turtle when the snake wasn’t interested.

The teen told the courtroom:

“It was pretty cute. It looked like a Lab.”

Another teen said that Crosland offered him the puppy and then later proposed that he could watch it be fed to the turtle. The student said:

“He let us hold it first. It was small, one-handed size for a person with big hands.”

A seventh-grade student said the puppy “wasn’t doing the best.” He said Crosland put the puppy in the turtle’s water and that it was dragged under.

But on Friday, Crosland was found not guilty of animal cruelty.  Shane Reichert, the teacher’s attorney, told The Herald Journal:

“The reality was that there was a ton of misinformation and gossip that were not actual facts or evidence. Once the facts and evidence were received, a jury of his peers determined he was not guilty.”

Crosland’s family and many members of the local community who support the teacher were elated, according to Fox 13.

But many on social media weren’t pleased with the outcome. The verdict ignited a firestorm on platforms like Facebook. One user wrote:

Not sure what is more disturbing here; A man taking a suffering animal and giving it a painful death and thinking that was fine. Students willing to watch this and then thinking it was ok. Parents supporting a teacher doing this. A judicial system that thinks this was ok and educationally sound. A school district employing someone this cruel.

Another said:

So instead of taking the puppy to a vet, you feed it to a turtle? That was traumatic for me to read; can’t imagine having to watch it.

The snapping turtle was euthanized after the incident because it was a non-native species that Crosland didn’t have a permit for.

The teacher remains an employee of the Preston School District.

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23 Replies to “Teacher Who Fed Puppy to Snapping Turtle Learns His Verdict — And People Aren’t Happy”

  • Min Peter B 2 years ago

    Obviously all the “facts” came out, and Croslin’s peers found him not guilty. Let’s just leave it at that. No one’s disputing that he’s an awesome teacher. We need more like him. And I am sure he won’t be feeding Lab pups to snapping turtles…he won’t have any turtles anyway.

  • Anonymous 2 years ago

    I wonder if these same people who think this was a heinous crime, also believe it is perfectly acceptable to dismember and murder a human being during an abortion?

    • ALC 2 years ago

      I think abortion is horrendously heinous and also feeding a newborn puppy to a snake or turtle. If the puppy was that sick, take it to a vet to be humanely euthanized. Yes, Nature is brutal but he had complete control of the situation. I would be mad if I found out any of my children witnessed a helpless puppy/kitten killed like that at the hands of their teacher.

      • Dawn 2 years ago

        I sooo agree with you. This is the same as taking terminally ill patient and feeding it to a bear because, luke, they’re gonna die anyway. This would have not gone that way had it been done in PA cause of new laws. Totally disgusting!!!

      • Anonymous 2 years ago

        100% agreed!

    • Anonymous 2 years ago

      Abortion is an ABOMINATION and should be FULLY OUTLAWED! NOTHING BUT MURDER!

    • Anonymous 2 years ago

      Hey anonymous (Nice name dickhead) how did you drag abortion into this………Fucking Trumper!

  • Lauren 2 years ago

    This is a pretty sick situation. Does it surprise me that students and others really could careless, No! Right is right and for those who could careless, may GOD forgive you.

  • Anonymous 2 years ago

    I know we live in a sick world, it appears your community fits right in. If I had been there, it would not have happened.
    I hope there is a special place in hell for the people involved and those who are alright with it.
    I hope you will think about the puppy being torn apart and what it had to be feeling at the time of it’s death. Take that to bed every night, please.
    Some how, I have to believe there is more to the story, but I cannot figure out what.
    I wish you and your community much Karma.

  • Nancy 2 years ago

    I hope he gets karma and when he is too ill to fight back, we feed him to pigs. I don’t care how awesome you think he is. It was a disgusting thing to do and he should be fired and fined for not having a permit for the turtle. What a low life.

  • james b tallent 2 years ago

    Feed him and his buddies to the hogs.

  • DISGUSTED! 2 years ago

    This guy should be fired and convicted! This is outrageous! The puppy could have been saved if taken to a vet and if not, put down HUMANELY! The snapping turtle should never have lost its life for this man’s STUPIDITY & CRUELTY, and none of the kids who were required to witness this should have been traumatized as this SHOULD NEVER HAVE HAPPENED!!! One can only hope HE REAPS WHAT HE SOWS! Absolutely unbelievable!!!

  • Darren Seabolt 2 years ago

    That’s my kind of teacher, you go man.

  • Anonymous 2 years ago

    Wish I could stuff this wonderful man’s head into that turtle tank. What he did was so wrong. Heartless. Poor baby pup. Karma will get u all

  • Bambi 2 years ago

    Wish I could stuff this wonderful man’s head into that turtle tank. What he did was so wrong. Heartless. Poor baby pup. Karma will get u all

  • Edward Rekemeyer 2 years ago

    The Whining liberals will whine, but efem!

  • Raylene 2 years ago

    So the snapping turtle eats other animals that it tears apart. Does it make it any different because it was a puppy? Just a thought.

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