Middle School Band Director Suspended With Pay Until Further Notice

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PANAMA CITY BEACH - Panama City Beach police arrested 33-year-old Surfside Middle School band director, Daniel Patrick Holmes, Friday at his apartment at the Paddock Club on R. Jackson Boulevard.

Investigators from the Panama City Beach police and the Florida Department of Children and Families investigators say Holmes pulled his 5-year-old son's arm and caused it to dislocate at the elbow.

They say they also found a second similar incident, involving the boy. Beach police say they've completed their criminal investigation, but are still helping DCF.

"We're still working hand to hand with the Department of Children and Families services to see if anything else needs to be done," said Capt. Robert Clarkson with the Panama City Beach Police Department.

Holmes was released from the Bay County jail Saturday after posting bond. He met with Bay District Schools Superintendent Bill Husfelt Monday, resulting in his suspension with pay.

Husfelt is not yet making a recommendation about Holmes' future job status.

"We'll be in touch with the DCF representatives and their investigation. I mean sometimes people get arrested for things and charges get dropped. So we'll just have to wait and see what happens over the next couple of weeks. We'll be monitoring the situation and working with them," said Bay District Schools Human Resources Director, Sharon Michalik.

NewsChannel 7 could not reach Holmes for comment Monday.

School district officials say he claims the incidents were accidents. Holmes' son and daughter are in the custody of relatives.

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