As excited graduates of Arlington High School in Tennessee marched down the aisle of Bellevue Baptist Church on Tuesday, a group of parents allowed their pettiness to create a distracting scene.
The man who recorded the brawl, Octavius Adams, told Local Memphis 24 the fight started over a saved seat.
"I'm sitting here going, 'Is this really happening right now, in a church?” Adams told Local 24.
During the fight, a man shoves a woman in a brown dress, who quickly becomes the center figure in the video. That same woman ends up throwing water on the group and eventually pulling another woman's hair while punching her at the same time.
Adams posted the video to social media to fight the stereotype about this type of behavior.
"I think it was important because most people have general idea that things like that only happen in certain areas. They think it only happens towards a certain race, but my thing is human behavior is human behavior, it's not race behavior,” Adams told Local 24.
Arlington security soon intervened and removed the parents involved.
"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."
(Photo: love_thy_broski via Instagram)
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