By Nayana Davis and Liz Bowie, The Baltimore Sun
1:36 PM EDT, May 28, 2014
Two people were arrested in connection with a large fight that broke out outside a Baltimore County high school graduation Monday.
The violence erupted after the ceremony about 12:30 p.m. outside Towson University's SECU Arena, where the event took place, according to the college's police department.
Dante Smith, 23, of the 2300 block of Tucker Lane in Woodlawn faces charges of assault and resisting arrest, police said. Natanya Johnson, 33, of the 3400 block of Retlaw Road in Gwynn Oak was charged with two counts of disorderly conduct.
Both adults were attendees at the graduation ceremony, said Charles Herring, deputy chief of the Towson University Police Department. The county schools are working with police as they investigate the incident. If students are found to have been involved in the incident, school officials will take disciplinary action against them, according to Mychael Dickerson, a school spokesman.
Video of the fight posted on YouTube shows two women exchanging blows before a group of men descend on them and join in on the fight.
Herring said no one was hospitalized after the scuffle.
The cause of the fight remains under investigation, police said.
"Randallstown High School's graduation was a celebration for the hundreds of students who are at the end of their high school careers," Dickerson said. "The altercation that happened outside the graduation ceremony yesterday was an unfortunate distraction from the graduates and their family members who came to honor and support their accomplishments."
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