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Fight Mars Dundalk High Graduation

Two women were treated at Franklin Square Hospital for injuries sustained during the Wednesday night ceremony.

Two women were treated at Franklin Square Hospital on Wednesday night for injuries they received in a fight that took place during Dundalk High School's graduation ceremony, according to Baltimore County police officials.

Police were dispatched to the Essex campus of The Community College of Baltimore County at about 7:30 p.m. because of the fight that broke out among four spectators there to watch the graduation ceremony, according to Det. Cathy Batton.

A women in her 40s and her daughter, in her 20s, were standing in an aisle in the college gym watching the ceremony when they "exchanged words" with two other women, both of whom are in their 20s and were also standing in the aisle, Batton said.

The argument escalated into a physical fight, Batton said, which resulted in the older woman and her daughter being taken to Frankin Square with injuries that were not life-threatening.

The suspects were identified but were not charged on the scene, according to Batton.

Because the appropriate charge for the altercation is second-degree assault, it will be the responsibility of the victims to file charges at the Court Commissioner's office if they choose to do so, Batton said.

The victims' names will not be released by police, and the suspects' names will not be released unless they are charged with a crime, according to Batten.

Lori Forsythe June 07, 2012 at 09:32 PM
What a shame! These kids worked SO hard to graduate and these "adults" have to act like trash!!
chris tarr June 07, 2012 at 09:55 PM
Way to represent dundalk
VALERIE June 07, 2012 at 10:00 PM
nice to know four grown adults cant go to see there sister brother who ever graduate beacuse they are acting like middle school teens come on people put your self in the kids shoes here they are on stage and see adults acting like little kids WHAT A SHAME I REALLY FEEL FOR THEM KIDS god knows what the hell there where thinking i would be embarrassed if i was them poor kids bett yet THE ADULTS SHOULD BE EMBARRASSED
David Hyland June 07, 2012 at 10:08 PM
Yeah, I was there. What a shame those kids will have additional memories of Graduation. This time the kids behaved better than the adults!
Cherie Iobbi June 07, 2012 at 10:10 PM
They all should be ashamed if themselves. I agree with Lori, this day was about the graduates that worked hard just to have something like this happen.
raven June 07, 2012 at 10:40 PM
it never fails at a dundalk graduation there is always a fight that brakes out
Iam Me June 08, 2012 at 12:01 AM
I was there and this story is wrong the HANDICAPPED woman and her daughter were IN THEIR SEATS, and just like everyone else in our rows were asking the group standing in front of them to plz return to their seats or move bcuz the whole row could NOT see the stage thru them. Those other two women were ghetto trash targeting a woman who was clearly helpless and started a physical altercation.. In my opinion its sad that that woman missed watching her child receive her diploma because those selfish woman chose to act ignorant. Some people should not be allowed in public
Jennifer Tilghman June 08, 2012 at 12:55 AM
I was there also and you are right! That handicap woman was in her seat along with the other woman. How could the administration allow all of those people to get up in front of that handicap row? Everyone wanted to see their loved one graduate.?!
Eastsider June 08, 2012 at 01:23 AM
This wasn't the first time, in 2010 at my son’s graduation from Dundalk the same thing happened. Two black women continued to stand in front of a white man and his family, he asked repeatedly for them to sit down after a few more times of him asking punches started being thrown. I video recorded the entire incident on video and turned it over to police, from what I was told the incident was swept under the rug and no charges were filed. It is a shame when parents and spectators I mean IDIOTS can't behave for a few hours for the benefit of their children and family. Maybe the county will open their eyes and maybe more county police in the isles when Dundalk High Schools kids graduate.
Buzz Beeler June 08, 2012 at 02:33 AM
Eastside, now that police action would not be politically correct. Now they can start on the new school next year and see how long it takes to mess that up. It's interesting how China graduates more engineering students out of basically shacks than this country does out of mufti-million dollar schools. A total embarrassment for Dundalk. I was talking to someone who was at the Chesapeake High graduation and one the students showed up wearing tennis shoes with no socks and a tee shirt with writing on it. Is this a great country or what?
David Rader II June 08, 2012 at 03:44 AM
I just want to add that those young adults who were there were able to continue commencement and not let this put a stop to their graduation. After the graduates exited outside, they were still in their glory celebrating with friends and family!
Chloe June 08, 2012 at 10:58 AM
Does the race really matter? Ignorance has no color. I have been to many graduations, and some behaviors occur regardless of race.
Eastsider June 08, 2012 at 08:55 PM
Chloe, With my incident it was all about race plan and simple, can't speakwith this incident.
Paul C June 09, 2012 at 03:27 PM
These are the same kind of people who would park in a "handicap only zone" and say out loud why should they ( handicapped) be privileged, and get pissed when called them out on it ,and even fist fight to defend their arrogant selfish behavior,it is discussing how people act, but worst how people think..congrats Students way to go !
Dawn Ohle June 10, 2012 at 02:33 PM
When my daughter graduated there they had people to keep people in their seats..and know one stood in front of another for pics either.
Eastsider June 10, 2012 at 03:15 PM
I had all 3 boys graduate from Dundalk as well as my wife and I. I can tell you things did happen like this in the 80's when we graduated from Dundalk nor when my first son graduated. It wasn't until my last two boys graduated the animals started to show up to these ceremonies. Now wonder why that is? Could have to do with inner city trash moving out to the county or people just don't care anymore?
chester bartko June 11, 2012 at 12:07 AM
i think eastsider is right, dundalk was a working class community not to long ago
bigchief June 11, 2012 at 09:49 AM
dundalk the new ghetto
Marybeth Starkey June 12, 2012 at 12:21 PM
I was there also. A lot of people do not listen to rules. No balloons - everyone brought balloons. No babies - tons of babies. No standing on chairs - alot of people standing on chairs. Everyone was there for the same reason - some just ruined it for us. I really feel for the kids whose names were called when this started before they did finally stop to get the fight under control. People are just rude! It still ended up being a very nice ceremony, and I am proud of our our 2012 Dundalk High School graduates.
jen June 15, 2012 at 05:12 PM
Disgusting... TRASHY Individual's like this destroy all that is good in Dundalk

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