School officials release statement into investigation of 'nuisance' animal deaths

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MARION COUNTY, Fla. Marion County Public Schools has released a statement regarding the investigation into a Forest High School teacher who is accused of killing ‘nuisance’ animals in front of students earlier this week.

The district says, “Marion County’s education standards – in fact, Florida’s education standards -- do not include activities for the destruction of live animals, nuisance or not. While law enforcement determines whether this teacher’s actions were legal or not, his actions before students are entirely unacceptable and cause us great concern.”

Officials say the district, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission and the Florida Department of Health are investigating. The district further stated that regardless of the outcomes of the investigations, Superintendent Dr. Heidi Maier is recommending that the teacher be fired.

The teacher remains on paid administrative leave while the investigations continue. The district says they will not release any other details until the investigation is complete.