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A high school graduation is a very special moment for both the graduates and their parents.
It's the moment when parents can simultaneously take pride for their ability to survive the last 18 years and glow in the accomplishments of their children.
While parents have been known to fight for extra tickets to the ceremony, it's rare that parents physically fight each other.
However, that is exactly what happened at one Tennessee high school's graduation ceremony. As students from Arlington High School donned their cap and gowns and made their way down the aisle of a Memphis church, attention quickly turned to one group of parents.
According to NBC News affiliate WMCA, the brawl broke out over a saved seat, and in multiple videos, a woman in a brown dress is seen punching anyone within her reach.
First, she went after a man next to her who was filming the graduation ceremony.
Then, a woman in a black shirt threw water on the man who was previously hit. In retaliation, a younger woman enters the fight and is quickly shoved away by the woman in the brown dress.
A young man in a button down shirt can be heard saying, “Don't touch my f*cking girlfriend.”
Multiple men in the adjacent rows tried to break it up, but were unsuccessful. That's when the woman in the brown dress grabbed another woman by her hair and punched her repeatedly in the head.
One graduation attendee, possibly the man filming the fight, is continuously heard saying, “At the graduation,” and, “Lord forgive me.”
A later video showed the woman in the brown dress handcuffed and sitting in the lobby of the church, although it has not been reported whether any charges have been filed.
The Sacramento Bee reported that Arlington Community Schools released a statement that noted the night was meant to celebrate 500 students who earned over $30,600,000 in college scholarships. It read, in part:
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 statement commended Bellevue Baptist Church's security team for its prompt removal of the adults, adding, “It is our hope that the focus will shift to our students and their accomplishments instead of the poor decisions by adults in attendance.”
So, for anyone who ever had to suffer through the embarrassment of your family's obnoxious cheering, just remember— it could have been much worse.