ARLINGTON, Tenn. (localmemphis.com) – From pomp and circumstance, to punches; a brawl breaks out during Arlington High School’s graduation.
Several people got into a brawl Tuesday night as the graduating students marched in to receive their diplomas at Bellevue Baptist.
Local 24 has learned one woman was detained. The cause of the fight is unknown, although witnesses say it may have started over someone trying to save seats.
The graduations require tickets to get in, and students are allotted a certain amount.
An Arlington Community Schools spokesperson released the following statement: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.