A group of family members and friends attending graduation ceremonies Wednesday evening at East Ascension High School brawled in the stands, and Gonzales Police Chief Sherman Jackson said the people responsible will be arrested and “held accountable.”
“They should be ashamed,” he said.
The fight was caught on video and posted on Facebook. No graduates were involved, police said.
Gonzales officers are trying to determine the culprits in the fight, working with the school’s administration and reviewing videos, according to a news release from the Police Department.
Two people initially detained were released after they were cleared of wrongdoing, police said.
“Seeing video footage of this incident has angered me,” Jackson said. “Adults, who should know better, detracted from the achievements of area graduates. They should be ashamed. We urge anyone with information to come forward.
“Incidents such as these will not be tolerated in our city. 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.”
Jackson asked that members of the community stop sharing videos of the incident on social media platforms.