Family members attending a high school graduation Tuesday night in Memphis, Tennessee, got into a brawl just before the start of the ceremony when a couple sat in seats that another family was saving for family members.
As 500 students processed into Bellevue Baptist Church for the Arlington High School graduation, a couple sat down in the middle of a group of seats that were being saved for a family of five, USA Today reported. A verbal altercation led to blows, shoving, hair pulling and water dumping when the couple wouldn’t move out of the saved seats.
Security officials removed the adults and the graduation proceeded without further interruption.
"This year's class earned over $30,600,000 in college scholarships," the school superintendent later said in a statement reported by USA Today. "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."
Arlington alumnus Octavius Adams took video of the fight and told local news station WREG he also had been asked not to sit in the seats and had complied by sitting further back.
"They felt entitled to those seats. I don't know what was special about them but they wanted them," Adams said.
The news station also said that when WREG reporter Luke Jones went to the home of a woman involved in the brawl, a family member flipped off camera crews and yelled, “F*** all y’all.” The family then called police, and as crews were leaving, two people came out of the house. One told the crews to “F*** off” and the other yelled at the first person that the graduation had been ruined, WREG reported.
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