Silly Beyond Belief

“You had adults fighting adults, juvies fighting juvies, and so forth. You just had a melee here.”

Cmdr. Wayne Drummond

It’s the sort of lede that, really, we don’t expect. That is, angry parents on the sports field are an unfortunately common phenomenon, but come on, this is beyond stupid:

KinderbrawlA brawl that started over spilled punch at a kindergarten graduation ceremony Friday resulted in the arrest of eight people, authorities said. Police were called when one participant pulled out a pipe and another a hammer.

Two teenage girls apparently started hitting each other at Michael R. White Elementary School, and their families joined in, Cleveland police Cmdr. Wayne Drummond said. The fight involved adults and minors, he said.

“You had adults fighting adults, juvies fighting juvies, and so forth,” he said as parents streamed into the building to pick up their children. “You just had a melee here.”

No one was hurt, Drummond said. It wasn’t clear whether the hammer and pipe were brought to the school or were grabbed during the fight from a janitor’s supplies or elsewhere, police spokeswoman Detective Jennifer Ciaccia said.

I mean, come on. Hockey fights? Sure. Heck, I remember once when a guy named Jim Denton, my elementary school principal, manhandled one of his students during a Little League baseball game; the kid’s father rushed the field, then, and we nearly had a brawl on the diamond. These sorts of things are stupid beyond belief.

But a kindergarten graduation ceremony? Seriously?