Broward Circuit Judge John Hurley ordered David Burch to be held without bond on Thursday, because Burch “intentionally terrorized” children at Bayview Elementary School in Fort Lauderdale, Florida when he screamed and waved his arms at them, reports NBC Miami.
Fort Lauderdale Police Officer Rick Rhodes said in court that 22 small children were playing kickball on a school field, when Burch “started screaming and jumping up and down. The physical education teacher had all the kids run back into the school for their safety."
Burch, who was wearing camouflage pants, was later arrested by Officer Rhodes in a wooded area near the school and charged with disorderly conduct.
Judge Hurley said: “The children and the teacher and the employee there, they were all in a heightened state of fear. And the backdrop to this is obviously what had just happened in Connecticut, where all those children were killed. So these children were in a unique position of emotional vulnerability, which never really probably ended until people knew that this man was apprehended."