No rain date meant some Georgia parents were robbed of witnessing the once-in-a-lifetime moment of their children’s high school graduation.
When pouring rain changed plans for Tri-Cities High School’s graduation to take place in an outdoor football stadium on Friday in East Point, the ceremony was moved indoors with limited seating.
“This is ridiculous. This is a once-in-a-lifetime moment, and we can’t see our kids graduate,” parent Wajeedah Price said.
A fight broke out when disappointed parents were informed by security that they could not enter the gymnasium. One police officer working at the event was captured on video using a stun gun on one angry father.
“It was pushing and shoving, and 'don’t push me, don’t push,' next think you know, swings, arms, fists,” parent Janelle Carter described.
Even parents who arrived early were disappointed to learn they could not enter the school.
“I waited four years for this!” parent Chet Boykin said. “And you’re gonna tell me I can’t get down there to see them?”
School officials insisted that parents who arrived on time were permitted entrance into the gymnasium. But Boykin argued that he’d arrived two hours before the start of the ceremony and was still denied access.
“I was here at 5:30 p.m., and we still couldn’t get in,” he said. “They should’ve stopped it and scheduled it for another day.”
The graduation ceremony went on despite the unfortunate circumstances that excluded disappointed parents and family members.
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