A longtime junior high school biology teacher is under investigation following what the Preston School District is saying was a “regrettable” use of biological specimens last week.

The incident occurred after school hours on the 7th of March.

While it’s not clear exactly what transpired at this time, reports on social media indicate that the teacher fed a puppy to a snapping turtle in front of students.

Here’s the story per the Idaho Statesman:

Preston is about 300 miles east of Boise. There are 605 students in grades six to eight at Preston Junior High.

Gee is unsure how many students were present at the time the incident occurred. He said the principal was made aware immediately after, and district officials were then notified.

Gee declined to address rumors on social media that a teacher fed a live puppy to a snapping turtle. He would not discuss the animals involved, other than to say it happened during an after-school feeding.

“School was out for the day. It wasn’t part of any of our classes,” Gee said.

It’s not uncommon for biology classes to have live animals. At no time during the incident was the safety of students or staff at compromised, the district says.

The name of the teacher involved in this incident was not released. The teacher is still in the classroom, not on leave, pending the outcome of the school investigation.

In a press release, school district officials asked for the public’s patience while they investigate this matter.

“While the district certainly does not condone individual actions that may violate district policy or reasonable expectations of behavior, we hope that any errors in judgment made by a teacher in this instance will not cause us to forget the years of care, effort and passion the teacher has given to the students of the Preston School District.”

If the reports on Facebook are true, then this teacher is not fit to be addressing students. A puppy being eaten by a snapping turtle would be a horrible thing to see and does not offer any educational value. Obviously, someone who would do that is sick in the head and deriving some sort of twisted pleasure from the shock value.

We will keep an eye on this story and update Animal Lovers Are Life as it develops.

Should the teacher be fired? What about criminal charges?