Updated 4:35 pm, Wednesday, May 17, 2017
Nothing says graduation like a massive brawl breaking out between parents inside of a Memphis church.
Eyewitness videos are circulating on social media showing a group of parents punching and kicking as their graduating seniors walk the aisles in the commencement ceremony.
A woman was handcuffed and another woman was escorted out of Arlington High School’s graduation, after a fight broke out Tuesday night, according to WHBQ.
The video shows women throwing punches, shoving and even hair pulling with Pomp and Circumstance playing.
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Chief of Staff at Arlington Community Schools 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.”
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Witnesses say the fight started over seats at the graduation.