LOCAL NEWS

Preston School District investigating ‘regrettable circumstance’ involving animals

Mar 12, 2018, 9:40 PM | Updated: 11:30 pm

PRESTON, Idaho – Jill Parrish says she is both frustrated and disturbed by reports called in to her about a puppy that was heard screaming from down the hallways of Preston Junior High School.

“Puppies make a noise when they are in pain and whatnot. They literally scream like babies,” Parrish described. “Something like this should not be swept under the rug.”

Jill Parrish explains why witnesses to the March 7th incident are too afraid to publicly come forward.

Parrish said two witnesses who were at the school Wednesday night came to her, because she is known in the area as an animal advocate.

“Not one person that was there dares say anything,” Parrish said. “They are all so worried about repercussions, because they are all getting the same story; ‘but he’s a beloved teacher. He’s been here for 40 years plus.'”

Parrish said witnesses told her they ran down the hallway, along with school staff to find a puppy being fed to another animal, possibly a snake or a snapping turtle.

“They ran down there, but it was too late,” Parrish explained. “It is not OK. It should be a moral outrage.”

Both the Franklin County Sheriff and the Superintendent at Preston School District kept relatively quiet about the investigation. Superintendent Marc Gee issued a statement.

“Preston School District was made aware of a regrettable circumstance involving some of the biological specimens at Preston Junior High,” the statement reads. “District administration was made aware of the issue soon after it occurred and immediately began the process of investigation and taking steps to ensure that this type of action could not be repeated.”

The statement does not detail what exactly happened at the school, but said: “This is not a situation that is easy, nor do we feel it is a measure that can be taken lightly.” (Click here to read the full statement)

While those who witnessed the incident may be afraid to speak out, Parrish said she feels she must do it for them.

“The one person cried for two days, two days because of the sound,” she exclaimed. “He’s still teaching over there. At the very least, he should be put on administrative leave until this is said and done.”

Franklin County Sheriff David Fryar said the investigation has been handed over to the County Prosecutor for review.

KSL 5 TV Live

Local News

man holds gun...

Shelby Lofton

Expert breaks down how far someone can legally go to protect their Utah property

A tense interaction between a snowboarder and a Brighton man has started conversation on Utah's trespassing laws, and now an expert is weighing in.

6 hours ago

New homes during construction. (Ray Boone, KSL News)...

Daniel Woodruff

Battle brewing between Utah builders, cities over home inspections

SB185, which passed the Senate this week and awaits a vote in the House of Representatives, could allow builders to pick their own inspectors.

6 hours ago

The stage of the Tabernacle Choir as they perform in Manila. (Dan Rascon, KSL News)...

Dan Rascon

Tabernacle choir performs unforgettable concert in Manila

It was a night not to be forgotten in the Philippines as the Tabernacle Choir at Temple Square performed  its first major concert before thousands of Filipinos at the Mall of Asia’s 9,000 set arena.

7 hours ago

Police are asking for help in locating the driver in a hit-and-run that sent a Sandy mother and her...

Shara Park

Sandy police seeking help in locating vehicle involved in a hit-and-run

Police are asking for help in locating the driver in a hit-and-run that sent a Sandy mother and her teenage daughter to the hospital.

8 hours ago

Keith Sorenson opens a tool shed to display the tools of the trade. (Stuart Johnson, KSL News)...

Alex Cabrero

Taylorsville heritage center reclaims stolen historic anvils

A pair of historically-significant anvils were finally returned to Taylorsville after being stolen two years ago.

8 hours ago

Herriman police are seeking the public's assistance in locating 76-year-old Joe Vakuata. (Herriman ...

Mark Jones

UPDATE: Herriman police find missing 76-year-old man safe

Herriman police are seeking the public's assistance in locating a missing 76-year-old man.

9 hours ago

Sponsored Articles

Modern chandelier hanging from a white slanted ceiling with windows in the backgruond...

Lighting Design

Light Up Your Home With These Top Lighting Trends for 2024

Check out the latest lighting design trends for 2024 and tips on how you can incorporate them into your home.

Technician woman fixing hardware of desktop computer. Close up....

PC Laptops

Tips for Hassle-Free Computer Repairs

Experiencing a glitch in your computer can be frustrating, but with these tips you can have your computer repaired without the stress.

Close up of finger on keyboard button with number 11 logo...

PC Laptops

7 Reasons Why You Should Upgrade Your Laptop to Windows 11

Explore the benefits of upgrading to Windows 11 for a smoother, more secure, and feature-packed computing experience.

Stylish room interior with beautiful Christmas tree and decorative fireplace...

Lighting Design

Create a Festive Home with Our Easy-to-Follow Holiday Prep Guide

Get ready for festive celebrations! Discover expert tips to prepare your home for the holidays, creating a warm and welcoming atmosphere for unforgettable moments.

Battery low message on mobile device screen. Internet and technology concept...

PC Laptops

9 Tips to Get More Power Out of Your Laptop Battery

Get more power out of your laptop battery and help it last longer by implementing some of these tips from our guide.

Users display warnings about the use of artificial intelligence (AI), access to malicious software ...

Les Olson

How to Stay Safe from Cybersecurity Threats

Read our tips for reading for how to respond to rising cybersecurity threats in 2023 and beyond to keep yourself and your company safe.

Preston School District investigating ‘regrettable circumstance’ involving animals