A simple kindergarten graduation turned into a brawl with eight people getting arrested on Friday.
Two teenage girls started fighting over some spilled punch at the graduation ceremony at Michael R. White Elementary School in Cleveland, Ohio.
After the teens exchanged words they headed outside to “duke it out” and that is when other family members joined in until it was an all out brawl.
“There were no guns, but one individual did pull out a club or a stick and one person did grab a hammer,” Cleveland Police Commander Wayne Drummond told NBC News.
All seven adults and the two teens were arrested and charged with aggravated rioting.
“It’s just sad that it was marred by some adults who should be setting an example for the kids of how to behave, but who did quite the opposite,” Drummond said.
The police released the following statement:
“The Cleveland Division of Police Fifth District Detective Bureau is currently investigating an Aggravated Rioting incident which occurred on Friday, May 31, 2013 at approximately 11:00 am. Officers responded to a call for shots fired inside of Michael R. White Elementary School located at 1000 East 92nd Street. Upon arrival, officers observed a fight. The preliminary investigation reveals that a fight broke out amongst two teenaged girls during a Kindergarten graduation ceremony and that several adults then became involved. During the fight, NO shots were fired. No guns were found or confiscated during the incident. A hammer and a stick were taken as evidence; however neither object was used as a weapon during the fight. Eight individuals were arrested for Aggravated Rioting. This matter will be further investigated.”
Maybe after a summer of cooling off, the next school year will start more harmoniously than it ended.