Fight Disrupts Middle School Graduation Ceremony

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SACRAMENTO --

Deputies arrested two dads following a bloody brawl during a graduation ceremony for Smedberg Middle School, held at the Sheldon High Football Stadium on Friday morning.

"It's just terrible. Some arrived late and didn't hear the request by the principal to not block people's view," mom Edith Seitz said.
"It got escalated. The guy in the stands bolted out there and punched the guy in the head. One guy looked like he got stabbed in the side," her husband, Rob Seitz added.

Fortunately, that was unfounded.

"There were no weapons involved in this particular situation," said Xanthi Pinkerton of the Elk Grove Unified School District

For 13-year-old graduate Zacharias Seitz, the fight was a bit scary in the beginning.

"I realized they were fighting because there was screaming in that area. I thought it was my parents. That scared me even more," Zacharias said.

Although his parents were only about five feet away, they weren't hurt, just sorry the kids had to experience bad behavior on their special day.

"The kids acted better than the people in the stands, the adults," Zach's dad said.

"The two gentlemen were arrested for fighting in public and for disrupting a school campus. But the ceremony continued. It was a well-deserved promotion," Pinkerton said.

"I have been looking forward to it," Zacharias added.