TOWSON, Md. (WJZ) — Randallstown High School students dressed in cap and gowns–fighting on graduation day. The video is going viral with thousands of views. Two people are now under arrest.
Gigi Barnett has more on the video.
It was graduation day for Randallstown High’s Class of 2014. Cell phone video captured quick shots of adults and students throwing punches. It was an all-out brawl outside Towson University’s SECU Arena just as the ceremony ended.
Click here to view the brawl. (Note: the video does contain some foul language.)
Now the school’s sign congratulates the grads.
“You kind of hear it going around and everybody talking about it. I kind of find it disappointing,” said student Chris Myers.
The motive here is a mystery, but the video clearly shows it started with one punch and others quickly jumping in. Current students say they will probably have to find another place for their graduations.
“Administration and Towson say that we couldn’t come back for graduation,” said student Troya Thomas.
“I kind of hope we don’t have our graduation in our auditorium,” said Myers.
So far, police have charged two people in connection with the fight. The video clearly shows that there were other people throwing punches–some of them were grads.
The district says it will investigate as well, and if it finds any current students involved, it is going to take disciplinary action against them.
“Why would they fight at a graduation when you’re supposed to be celebrating that you got out of high school?” said student Kennedy Myers.
In a statement to WJZ, District Spokesman Michael Dickerson wrote: “There are still a few weeks left in the school year and if we determine any current students were involved in [the] incident, they will face appropriate school disciplinary action.”
Whatever happens, current students say they hope these graduation memories don’t last.
“They ruined everybody’s day with drama that should have been left at home,” said Thomas.
Baltimore County Public Schools released the following statement:
“Randallstown High School’s graduation was a celebration for the hundreds of students who are at the end of their high school careers. The altercation that happened outside the graduation ceremony yesterday was an unfortunate distraction from the graduates and their family members who came to honor and support their accomplishments.
“We will continue to work with Baltimore County Police as they investigate the incident. In addition, there are still a few weeks left in the school year, and if we determine any current students were involved in yesterday’s incident, they will face appropriate school disciplinary action.”
Dante Smith, 23, of Woodlawn, has been charged with one count of resisting arrest and one count of second-degree assault.
Natanya Johnson, 33, of Gwynn Oak, has been charged with two counts of disorderly conduct.
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