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Security Guard Accused Of Abuse On Student: Not Enough Training To Handle Situation

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A security guard at Highlands Middle School on the Northside who is charged with child abuse involving a student told an investigator that he “had not received enough training” to deal with the situation, according to a police report.

Gregory Holmes, 32, has worked for the district for less than a year. A district spokeswoman said Holmes began his service to the district in April, resigned for personal reasons in August and was rehired in October.

According to Holmes’ arrest report, he was called to help last Tuesday when a student was seen in a hallway during class time cursing at a female security member who was telling the student to go back to class.

School Dean Donald Taft said he told Holmes to stop the student from going to the cafeteria, and Holmes moved into the doorway to block the student. The dean said the student “defiantly walked toward the exit” and “locked up” with Holmes. The two grappled with their arms wrapped around each other and Holmes used a leg sweep to force the student to the floor, the dean said.

Read more on the event from WJCT News partner News4Jax here.