Tahlequah Daily Press

December 6, 2013

Man charged with superintendent assault

By JOSH NEWTON
Staff Writer

TAHLEQUAH — Prosecutors have charged a Tahlequah man who allegedly assaulted a school superintendent and coach during a student basketball game.

Billy Simpson, 52, is charged with misdemeanor counts of assault and battery upon a school employee and assault upon an athletic official.

Simpson allegedly pushed and threatened Lowrey School basketball coach Gary Wing on Nov. 14, and later pushed and threatened the school’s superintendent, Bryan Hix.

Cherokee County Sheriff’s Deputy Travis Miller took a report from Hix after the incident. Hix said Simpson, the grandfather of a student at Lowrey, became upset and left the stands during a fifth- and sixth-grade basketball game last month. Simpson allegedly cross the court and began to yell at Wing, then shoved the coach in the chest and continued to scream.

Hix then went to break up the incident and told Simpson he had to leave. Simpson allegedly shoved Hix and threatened to “whip [his] a--.”

An off-duty Tahlequah police officer helped school officials escort Simpson out of the facility.

Simpson allegedly continued to yell and threaten Wing until he was outside of the building.

According to court documents, assault and battery upon a school employee is punishable by up to a year in prison and a fine of up to $2,000, while assaulting an athletic official is punishable by six months in prison and a fine of up to $1,000.

Court records show a warrant has been issued for Simpson’s arrest.

jnewton@tahlequahdailypress.com