Gigi Barnett, CBS Baltimore, May 28, 2014
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.
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.
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.”
[Editor’s Note: Randallstown High is 95 percent black and 2 percent white.]