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Former Teacher of the Year won't be prosecuted on abuse charge

Photo of Caroline Lee posted on Duval County Schools' Instagram page.

The State Attorney’s Office has decided not to prosecute a former Duval County “Teacher of the Year” who was accused of child abuse.

Caroline Lee, who was named “Teacher of the Year” at Darnell-Cookman School of the Medical Arts last year, was arrested in October 2021 and accused of striking a student in the face during a confrontation.

Lee was ordered not to return to Darnell-Cookman after her arrest. Principal Tyrus Lyles sent a message to parents that Lee had been removed from the classroom and would not return “pending the judicial and internal procedures.”

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