A Florida recipient of a “Teacher of the Year” award seems anything but as she was arrested for assaulting a student after he posted disparaging comments about her receiving the award on social media!

Caroline Lee, 60, was arrested on the afternoon of May 6 by the Duval School Board Police and placed in the custody of the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office. She made her first court appearance on the charge of third-degree felony child abuse on Saturday morning, according to the ABC/NBC affiliate First Coast News in Jacksonville, and was released on her own recognizance — but under the condition that she have no contact with her victim and not return to work at the Darnell-Cookman Middle/High School of the Medical Arts.

The charges against Lee, an English teacher, stem from an incident that police say began in the comments of an Instagram post by the school district congratulating her for being named Teacher of the Year at Darnell-Cookman. Under the post announcing her award, several comments, seemingly by former students, questioned her selection, alleging that the teacher had engaged in “microaggressions” against “minority students” — day-to-day slights, indignities, and subtle insults – and had used the “n-word” in the classroom.

Lee responded to one student in the comments, noting that she’d only used the “n-word” while teaching the John Steinbeck book “Of Mice And Men.” The student noted that the word being in the book didn’t justify Lee’s use of the slur, and Lee reportedly agreed, albeit with a caveat.

“Cannot change the language of Steinbeck,” Lee wrote, according to the local newspapers. “Education is a powerful tool. It promotes tolerance and understanding. [Duval County Public Schools] decided that this was ok, not me. It is on the curriculum guide.”

But then Lee allegedly demanded that the student who said she used the “n-word” inappropriately meet with her at the beginning of the next school day to privately discuss the matter, despite never having had that particular student in any of her classes. 

The female student reported to police that she told her homeroom teacher that she wasn’t comfortable going to meet with Lee and instead went to the bathroom and returned to her own class, according to independent station WJXT in Jacksonville.

It was then that things went south. Lee could be seen on security cameras leaving her classroom and walking to the student’s homeroom, according to police. 

At 8:20 am on the day of the incident, witnesses say that Lee entered the girl’s homeroom and pulled the student out of her chair. She could then again be seen on hallway security cameras pulling the student along the hall to her classroom “at an aggressive pace.”

At 8:24 am, the student — holding her face — is seen leaving Lee’s classroom and going directly to the guidance office. There, according to First Coast News, guidance counselors noticed injuries to the girl’s face and called in the school police.

The student reported that, when she entered Lee’s classroom, Lee first asked another student to leave and told her alleged victim to sit down. Lee then asked the student why she’d made threats against her. The student denied making any kinds of threats, after which Lee allegedly “reached across the table and struck her on her face with the heel of her palm,” according to the police report.

The student’s nose began to bleed, and she put her hands up to it, she told police, after which Lee allegedly continued to hit her head and repeatedly called her a “f*cking b*tch.” The student attempted to grab the 60-year-old English teacher’s hands, to stop the attack, she told the police, upon which Lee then allegedly kicked the student in the shin.

Lee then threw open the backdoor of her classroom and told the student to get out, according to police.

Under questioning, Lee denied having shut the classroom doors during the interaction — though the student who’d been there when she marched her alleged victim in told police otherwise. WJXT also said that Lee denied having laid a hand on the student. She told police that another student showed her a message in which her alleged victim wrote something she interpreted as a threat, but which she had not reported to police or school administrators because she didn’t take it seriously and “wasn’t afraid,” but did want to confront the student about it. She also told police that she’d asked the student to remove the Instagram comments referencing her own use of the n-word while teaching “Of Mice and Men.”

In a statement, Duval County Schools Superintendent Diana Greene said that Lee had been suspended from her duties. 

“I have no tolerance for adults who harm children, especially adults in a position of trust,” she added, according to the Sun-Sentinel.

Darnell-Cookman principal Tyrus Lyles sent a statement to families with children in the school.

“While our processes assume innocence, these allegations and the resulting arrest are obviously far below the standards and expectations we have for our school,” it read in part, according to WJXT. “This type of behavior is not tolerated here or anywhere in our district.”

15 thoughts on “Florida “Teacher of the Year” Smacked Student Over Unkind Social Media Comment, Arrested”
  1. More looney indoctrinators. Defund the teachers (indoctrinators) unions!! Cancel all the libtard whores and start over.

  2. We first need to determine the political affiliation of this teacher. If she is a Democrat, set her free,with all charges dropped. Democrats are above the law,get used to it.

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