Tennessee, USA – A video spread like wildfire online showing adults punching, kicking, pulling hair and screaming at each other during a high school graduation that took place in a church.
Family members of Arlington High school graduation became embroiled in a fight over seats as their kids marched down the aisle.
“I was sitting in those same seats but they was like ‘Hey, this is my family. Do you mind moving?’ so I sat back.”
That’s how Arlington alumni Octavius Adams caught the whole thing on video inside Bellevue Baptist Church.
“A family of five wanted to sit in a certain area and the family of two came and disrupted that area,” he added. “They wouldn’t move so they pretty much stood their ground.”
He said a woman in a brown dress allegedly told them they couldn’t save seats and wouldn’t move.
“They felt entitled to those seats,” Adams said. “I don’t know what was special about them, but they wanted them.”
According to Fox 13 Memphis, one woman was handcuffed and another was escorted out of the graduation ceremony. However, no one has been charged for the incident.
Arlington Chief of Staff Jeffrey G. Mayo released a statement after the incident,
“Last night we celebrated 500 students who graduated from Arlington High School. This year’s class earned over $30,600,000 in college scholarships. It was unfortunate that a couple of adults in the audience exhibited the behavior they did prior to the ceremony beginning and thus has caused a distraction from the celebration of our students’ accomplishments. The graduation ceremony was not affected by this incident due to the actions of Bellevue’s security team who promptly removed the adults from the ceremony. It is our hope that the focus will shift to our students and their accomplishments instead of the poor decisions by adults in attendance. Congratulations to our 2017 graduates of Arlington High School.”
It’s still unclear if any of the people involve will face any charges.