The Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office recently arrested a United States Coast Guard officer for his actions at Spoto High School.
Earlier this month, HCSO School Resource Deputies responded to a call for assistance from school administrators, who reported an incident involving agitated parents in the administrative office who were at the school after their daughter was involved in a mutual altercation earlier in the day.
Despite repeated requests from administrators to leave the campus, 41-year-old Jeremy Bailey remained verbally hostile throughout the interaction, resulting in his arrest. Bailey is an active duty Petty Officer First Class within the United States Coast Guard.
During the arrest, Bailey became increasingly upset and engaged in further disruptive behavior, including kicking one of the School Resource Deputies and using profane and derogatory language.
“Parents are supposed to model behavior and be an example for children, and Bailey was a perfect example of what not to do. Schools are meant to be a safe space for both students and administrators, and it is disheartening to know a parent disrupted the educational process today by his shameful outburst,” said Hillsborough County Sheriff Chad Chronister. “I have to take a moment to thank school administrators and the school resource deputy for their patience and professionalism when faced with violence and hostility.”
As a result of the investigation, Bailey faces multiple charges, including one count of Battery on a Law Enforcement Officer, one count of Trespass Upon School Grounds, one count of Disrupting School Campus or Function, and one count of Resisting an Officer without Violence, according to local law enforcement.