"Graduation ceremonies at a Seattle middle school were interrupted Tuesday when two girls incited a disturbance and attacked an off-duty police officer, according to Seattle police.
Dozens of police were called to Meany Middle School on Capitol Hill to quell the disturbance, delaying the event for about a half-hour, Seattle police spokeswoman Reneé Witt said.
Police also arrested two girls, ages 14 and 15, for causing the stir. Both girls now face criminal charges. The 14-year-old faces felony assault of an officer and a trespassing charge, while the 15-year old could be charged with trespass and disruption of school activities, Witt said.
The disturbance happened shortly before 6 p.m. at the school, Witt said, when the 14-year-old girl, who had been ordered to stay away from the school earlier in the year, showed up at the graduation and started making a scene."
This is a sorry way for a school to close but maybe it has been a frustrating semester for the students and staff since they learned their school would be closed. This is no excuse for what happened but how disappointing this incident must of been for the students who wanted to leave with some grace.
A somewhat similar incident happened last fall at Roosevelt when one girl came to our step-up day and attacked another girl. Neither girl was from RHS so it was a mystery. Unfortunately there was no security or staff around and for some odd reason, I was the only adult who stepped in. (If you have ever seen me, you'll know why this is fairly funny. Naturally, both the girls were bigger than me but only one was swinging.) When kids get ramped up, it is hard to talk them down and I'm sure once the girl at Meany attacked the officer, all bets were off.