Preston, ID.   –   Robert Crosland, the Preston, Idaho science teacher who allegedly fed a puppy to a snapping turtle was criminally charged in Franklin County Court on Friday with one misdemeanor count of animal cruelty.

In March, Crosland was being investigated for an incident where he allegedly fed a small puppy to a snapping turtle in the presence of a few students after school hours.

The turtle was later seized by the Idaho Department of Agriculture and was euthanized.

Below is the orignal story we published from March 13th, 2018 for context:

Preston School District is investigating a “regrettable circumstance” involving a long-time biology teacher, and a biological specimen feeding. The Franklin County Sheriff’s office is also involved in the investigation, after receiving a complaint of animal cruelty.

The incident is said to involve the teacher feeding a young, sickly, puppy to a snapping turtle. Reports vary on weather the animal was alive or dead.

The name of the teacher has not been formally released, but the name has been released within the media. Due to the incident spawning personal attacks, will not be publishing the name of the teacher involved. The teacher currently under investigation, remains in the classroom at Preston Jr. High, pending the results of the investigation.

Superintendent Marc Gee stated that the feeding incident occurred well after students had been dismissed on March 7th and that it was not a part of any school directed program.  It was not mentioned in the statement, but it is believed that some students were present during the feeding incident.

The school said in a statement, that it would not discuss the animals involved or release any other details. It was also made it clear that the district does not condone individual actions that may violate district policy or reasonable expectations of behavior.

The school district has asked that community members show patience and await the findings as the teacher has shown “years of care, effort and passion to students in Preston School District”.