Apparently, Robert Crosland - who has been a teacher at Preston Junior High School for years - did the deed early this month.
But a Change.org petition from River McKay, a former student of Mr Crosland, is imploring the school district to keep him as a teacher.
"Allowing children to watch an innocent baby puppy scream because it is being fed to an animal". "And it was fed to the snapping turtle alive". According to a statement from the school district, the incident occurred after students had been dismissed. At no time during the incident was the safety of students or staff at compromised, the district says.
Franklin County Prosecuting Attorney Vic Pearson said in a statement that the incident had spurred "a considerable amount of public reaction", adding that both his office and law enforcement had received so many calls that it was interfering with their ability to proceed with the investigation. Rather, Crosland's actions took place on his own time and in front of students who wanted to be there.
"A part of any investigation includes determining the best course of action once the facts of the matter have been ascertained", Gee said.More news: Taro Daniel stuns Novak Djokovic at Indian Wells
It's been a while since we have brought you a truly grim story involving human-animal interactions - save for maybe the one about the girl who flushed her hamster down the toilet at the airport - but this one surely takes the cake.
Meanwhile, it appears that Crosland has not been placed on administrative leave, nor does it appear that he has undergone any disciplinary action. However, Gee has said the board does not want to overlook his years of service.
"If it was a deformed puppy that was going to die anyway ... is very much circle of life", said Annette Salvesen.
Parrish said a teacher told her last week that Crosland fed the puppy, which was believed to be disfigured, to one of his reptiles in class: a snake and a snapping turtle.
"The prosecutor said, 'Until he decides, he considers it an open book, '" Fryar said.