- And what do you think of the whole event?
To read the first part of this story, go HERE.
Continued.. His son was also a part of this small group of students who witnessed the incident. Crosland’s son stood by his father and attempted to defend him. Mario Crosland even stated that his dad is a person dedicated to the well-being of animals.
At the Robert Crosland trial again today. Haven’t been able to tweet in court. Crosland’s son, Mario, gave tearful testimony today about his father’s love for animals and the community. I’ll tell you about the testimony heard today, on @KSL5TV at 5&6. Possibly a verdict too. pic.twitter.com/i43eXw4xk1
— Mike Anderson (@mikeandersonKSL) January 4, 2019
Mario said this about his dad: “A guy who will do anything he can to save an animal. His whole life has been for animals and seeing people try to destroy him when he has devoted his life to them. He has done all he can to help animals.”
The puppy was actually given to Mario by a farmer, who told him the puppy was sick and most likely would die. This is when Mario gave the puppy to his dad.
Jill Parish was the one who filed the police report against Crosland after hearing the rumors of what had happened., “What I have learned in the last four days is disgusting. It is sick. It is sick.” She said, “Allowing children to watch an innocent baby puppy scream because it is being fed to an animal, that is violence. That is not okay.”
The Idaho Humane Society agreed, and went to social media to share their voice. “Like many of you, we are deeply disturbed by this news. We will be following this situation closely and ensuring the full truth is disclosed and that if an act of animal cruelty occurred that the perpetrator is prosecuted to the full extent of the law.”
After the “Not Guilty” verdict came out, the Humane Society again went to social media, “While we are outraged and saddened at the grievous error in judgment by the jury in this case, sadists who perpetrate acts of violence against helpless animals would be foolish to be emboldened by this recent and anomalous miscarriage of justice.”
The Idaho Humane Society called the Franklin County jury’s decision on Friday to find Robert Crosland not guilty of misdemeanor animal cruelty a “grievous error in judgment.” #preston #puppy #idahoteacher https://t.co/jJDftVNM8K
— Brittany Cooper (@BCooperKMVT) January 6, 2019
A former student of Crosland, River McKay, was the one who started the petition in support of her old teacher. “It’s time to stand up for one of the best science teachers in the Preston, Idaho school district.”
Parent Julie Johnson agreed saying, “He’s the best science teacher Preston Junior High has.” Another parent Annette Salvesen also supported him and said, “If it was a deformed puppy that was going to die anyway — [the teacher] is very much circle of life.”
All the while, Crosland has maintained his silence throughout it but finally publicly spoke out after the trial in March. “I would just like to thank all of the support that I’ve received. I’d like to thank this community for staying behind me. It’s really what got me through all of this.”
Odd, and sad, news.