Preston teacher under investigation for alleged animal cruelty

By Staff and Wire Reports

PRESTON — A junior high school science teacher in Preston is under investigation by school district and law enforcement officials for an alleged incident of animal cruelty.

Neither Franklin County Sheriff Dave Fryar nor Preston School District 201 Superintendent Marc Gee would comment on multiple media reports that the teacher allegedly fed a puppy to a reptile during an after-class feeding session at Preston Junior High School last week.

Fryar said that his office did investigate an animal cruelty complaint at the school but would not comment any further. He said the results of the investigation have been forwarded to the Franklin County Prosecutor’s Office, which will decide whether charges will be filed.

In a statement, school district officials asked community members for patience and said the teacher has shown care, effort and passion on the job for years.

“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 judgement 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 students in Preston School District,” the statement said.

According to the statement, neither students nor staff were ever placed in any danger.