A Florida instructor was arrested after allegedly hitting a scholar within the face inflicting them to bleed simply days after being honored as “Teacher of the Year” at their college.
Caroline Melanie Lee, a 60-year-old English instructor at Darnell-Cookman Middle/High, in Jacksonville, was arrested Friday and charged with felony youngster abuse, in keeping with Duval Schools Police.
The incident occurred simply two days after she obtained the award from the Duval Public School District. The altercation adopted a web-based confrontation between Lee and one in every of her college students within the feedback of an Instagram publish recognizing Lee’s award, AP reported.
On Wednesday, the Duval County Public Schools Instagram account posted a photograph of Lee and talked about that she was named “Teacher of the Year.” Many feedback on the publish questioned why Lee was given the distinction, and a few accused Lee of utilizing the “n” phrase in school in addition to different microaggressions.
While the publish has since been deleted, Lee replied to at least one scholar’s remark claiming she used the “n” phrase whereas studying Of Mice and Men to the category. A couple of days later, Lee requested the coed who made the net feedback to talk privately together with her within the classroom.
When the coed got here to the classroom, Lee allegedly hit her within the face a number of instances inflicting her nostril to bleed, AP reported. According to the coed, Lee reached throughout the desk and bodily assaulted her.
But Lee denied touching the coed and instructed police she needed to speak privately together with her as a result of she perceived the net feedback as “a threat to kill her.” She additionally instructed police she “did not feel the need” to report the feedback to employees as a result of she was “not afraid,” AP reported.
Surveillance footage from the varsity confirmed Lee strolling by the halls “aggressively” earlier than her interplay with the coed. A couple of minutes later, the coed left the classroom and walked down the hallway to report the incident to the steering counselor.
In a press release, Duval Schools Superintendent Diana Greene stated the alleged incident was “beyond disturbing” and that faculty officers are cooperating with the continuing investigation.
The AP reported that no courtroom data have been filed with the Duval County Clerk of Court but and it’s unknown if Lee has employed an lawyer.
Last week, Newsweek reported a couple of instructor in California who was fired after a video of her mocking Native Americans went viral on-line. In the video, math instructor Candice Reed was making an attempt to explain the trigonometry mnemonic machine “soh-cah-toa.”
The footage was recorded by a Native American scholar within the classroom at John W. North High School. In the video, Reed was carrying a feather headdress and mocked Native American tradition.
After the footage of the incident went viral, Reed was positioned on depart. The Riverside Unified School District stated in a press release that her actions had been “completely unacceptable.”
On Twitter, a former scholar of Reed shared a photograph of her from 2012 carrying a Native headdress. “Dancing from one end of the room to the other, math teacher Candice Reed wears an Indian headdress to emphasize geometry basics,” the caption on the photograph learn.