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East Ascension High School graduation was marred by parents and friends fighting in the stands during the ceremony.

Gonzales Police Chief Sherman Jackson told WAFB the adults should have known better and is now looking to make arrests based on video footage of the fight that is currently being investigated.

Seeing video footage of this incident has angered me. Young people worked for four years to have a brief moment of recognition at their graduation ceremony. To have that moment turned into this is inexcusable.

According to officials, a fist fight broke out in the audience during the graduation ceremony.

Sources say some may have been parents and some may have just been friends of the graduates—but regardless everyone in the stands looked old enough to know how to conduct themselves.

Adults, who should know better, detracted from the achievements of area graduates

Jackson urges anyone with information to come forward, saying that this type of behavior will not be tolerated in his city.

Video footage of the fight is being reviewed by investigators. Chief Jackson says they will make arrests once the instigators of the fight are identified.

The sharing of videos made of this incident only serves to highlight this behavior. I ask instead that on social media, people celebrate their family members who earned the right to receive their diplomas last night. Let’s showcase those achievements instead of the people who set out to detract from them.

Anyone with information about this call Crime Stoppers at (225) 344-STOP (7867).

[via WAFB]