Jacksonville, FL — UPDATE- April 8, 2020 6:15 PM: According to court records, the charges against Gregory Holmes have been dropped.
ORIGINAL STORY February 14, 2020 6:21 PM: A Duval County school security guard made his first appearance in court Friday morning hours after he was arrested on a child abuse charge.
Action News Jax first reported when 32-year-old Gregory Holmes was taken into custody just before ten o’clock Thursday at Highlands Middle School on Jacksonville’s Northside.
The principal of Highlands Middle School sent a message out to parents about his arrest saying they take allegations like this seriously.
Holmes faced a judge for the first time and was given a $25,000 bond.
According to the school district, Holmes left Highlands middle school after an incident with a student Tuesday.
“I didn’t know him personally, but my daughter does. She says that he is a good security guard,” said parent Perdita Brown.
The school district says two days later - Holmes went to the school district’s administrative building to find out if he was still employed.
That’s when he was taken into custody by school police and charged with child abuse.
The district says if Holmes is able to return to work, he will be reassigned under disciplinary status, which means he will have no contact with students.
Holmes started working for the district in April, resigned for personal reasons in August and was rehired in October.
“If he did anything pertaining to kids then it would be best to take him out of the school system until they find out exactly what was done,” said Brown.
Duval County public schools have its own police force, so we asked the district to clarify Holmes roll there.
Action News Jax learned that in addition to DCPS officers and school safety assistants, the school district employs 179 security guards.
When we asked for a breakdown of their assignments by the school, a spokesperson says that’s confidential information.
Now parents can only wait for answers
“She only has good things to say about him so unfortunately, I don’t have anything bad to say because she didn’t have anything bad to tell me,” Brown said.
Other parents Action News Jax Reporter Jamarlo Phillips talked to disagree.
Holmes is still employed by the school district but is off the job during the investigation.
Action News Jax has reached out to police and the school district to get the police report to learn exactly what happened.