Syracuse Man Arrested For Shoving School Kids

A Syracuse man faces battery charges following an incident at Syracuse Elementary School on May 5.
On May 5, an officer with the Syracuse Police Department was dispatched to the elementary school due to a report of Robert A. Simmons, 56, of 407 W. Boston St., Syracuse, being disruptive, according to a probable cause affidavit filed by the Kosciusko County Prosecutor’s office. 
The officer spoke to the school secretary, who said Simmons entered the school and was very upset with the noise coming from the playground. She said Simmons was yelling and calling students “demon possessed, and possessed by the devil,” the affidavit states. 
The officer also spoke with a fourth grade teacher at the school, who said she witnessed Simmons exiting the school and cussing and saw Simmons physically push several children out of his way while he left the school. Three juvenile females said they were standing in front of the school and Simmons pushed his way through them. Simmons was arrested Saturday and taken to the Kosciusko County jail with a $5,000 bond.