Parents and family members sit outside the Tri-Cities High School gym in East Point, Ga., on May 20, 2016, after they were told they couldn’t go in to watch their children graduate because of limited seating.

A fight broke out and police used a Taser on one person after parents and family members of students graduating from an East Point, Ga., high school were not allowed into the ceremony.

According to WSB-TV, Tri-Cities High School’s graduation was originally scheduled to take place in the school’s stadium Friday night, but rain moved the ceremony into the school’s much smaller gymnasium. With limited seating, several people were then told that they couldn’t enter the graduation.

“This is ridiculous,” parent Wajeedah Price told the news station. “This is a once-in-a-lifetime moment, and we can’t see our kids graduate.”

Upset parents and family began pushing and shoving when news spread that no one else would be allowed inside the gym.

“It was pushing and shoving, and ‘Don’t push me, don’t push.’ Next thing you know, swings, arms, fists,” parent Janelle Carter told WSB-TV.


In the melee, police used a Taser on one man.

School officials told the news station that those who arrived on time were allowed inside the gym to watch the graduation. Those who were late were not.

Parent Chet Boykin told the news station that he was early and still was not allowed to watch the ceremony.


“I was here at 5:30 p.m., and we still couldn’t get in,” Boykin said. “They should’ve stopped it and scheduled it for another day.”

Read more at WSB-TV.