[UPDATE] Fight Erupts at Tallahassee Community College Graduation

By: Eyewitness News, Deneige Broom Email
By: Eyewitness News, Deneige Broom Email

Tallahassee, Florida - May 3, 2011 - 11:30 p.m.

FSU, FAMU, and TCC students all took part in graduation ceremonies this past weekend. For many, it was a time to celebrate and look ahead to the real world.

But at TCC, a not so proud moment is caught on video, when a fight breaks out right before the ceremony was about to begin.

The fight surfaced on YouTube when graduate Nick Breeze posted the video his girlfriend shot, just moments before the ceremony began.

Nick Breeze said, "Coming out of the military, I wasn't used to school and I had to catch up and try real hard, and it really took away from that experience because obviously other people weren't taking it as seriously."

We haven't been able to identify the people in the video but Breeze's girlfriend says the scuffle broke out just before the graduates were seated at the Civic Center.

The incident lasts about one minute before spectators break it up.

The veteran says while he doesn't appreciate people fighting on his big day, he has a bigger issue with the behavior of some during the Star Spangled Banner.

"Some people took the opportunity to shout and talk over the Star Spangled Banner to shout out the name of their graduate," said Breeze.

TCC hopes this won't be a black eye on the school's reputation and released this statement to WCTV:

"TCC's commencement was a wonderful celebration of our graduates' hard work and accomplishments. The isolated incident before the ceremony had no impact on the graduation."

TPD says they're still investigating the fight and charges could be filed.

Breeze says he was inspired by TK Wetherell's address to the grads, he just wishes everyone appreciated it as much as he did.

Tallahassee, Florida - May 3, 2011 -

A fight breaks out at a local graduation ceremony and it's all captured on video. The fight took place in the audience at the 2011 Tallahassee Community College graduation at the Leon County Civic Center. A participant captured the fight on video.

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  • by anonymous on May 5, 2011 at 09:18 PM
    To WOW!: first of all WOW! you work for the juvenile justice system and you actually have the audacity to comment about the race of children just because they made a bad choice? FYI most children can turn their lives around and the population in DJJ is not an accurate representation of the people in prisons! So actually...not only are you biased but you are probably uneducated and a bad employee for releasing private information! So to say it simple enough for you, GET EDUCATED!
  • by FOR WHAT????? Location: TALLAHASSEE on May 4, 2011 at 09:09 PM
    For what? There seems to plenty of seats and enough room, so no one was crowded. I know this was a moment of excitement for everyone who had someone graduating. But, people think of others and leave your stupidity at home! This was a selfish act on those who was acting out of selfishness. They did not care for their neighbor who was sitting for a child, bother, sister, mother, father, friend grandchild, etc who had achieved something special. They should be a shame!!!!
  • by HMA on May 4, 2011 at 01:50 PM
    At least they didn't start shooting at each other. I am surprised no one has blamed this on the cops yet.
  • by Jim Location: Gadsden County on May 4, 2011 at 08:14 AM
    Graduation Erupts at Tallahassee Comminity College Fight.
  • by Me Location: Tally on May 4, 2011 at 07:49 AM
    Come on people, it's not always about race. I am a white female, but that doesn't mean that the white race is perfect. Whites fight, blacks fight, hispanics fight, etc... At the end of the day, we all bleed the same color blood. I guarantee you that when you get blood from the local blood bank, it isn't labelled as "black blood" or "hispanic blood" or "white blood"; it is labelled as O of O- or A , etc... We are all of the human race and need to act like it. I am so tired of the race card being brought in to everything. When I meet someone, I don't see them as a color; I see them as a person. We should all do the same thing. Let the race card go--all of us!
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      by TIR on May 4, 2011 at 04:59 PM in reply to Me
      The ONLY time it is not about race on this site is when the story is about a WHITE criminal. If the person or persons involved are black, then it is ALWAYS about race, go figure, white racists.
      • reply
        by anonymous on May 4, 2011 at 11:31 PM in reply to TIR
        Dear TIR: Have you not found that rock to crawl under, yet?
        • reply
          by TIR on May 5, 2011 at 04:38 PM in reply to anonymous
          If you crawl under yours you don't have to read my comments....thanks much.
      • reply
        by what about it TIR on May 5, 2011 at 07:17 AM in reply to TIR
        you are by far the most racist person on here
        • reply
          by TIR on May 5, 2011 at 04:37 PM in reply to what about it TIR
          Why am I racist, because I talk about you/your people?
    • reply
      by alandrea on Jul 27, 2011 at 11:00 AM in reply to Me
      You are sooo right! I love your comment! God put us all in the same earth together, knowing we would have our differences because everyone wants to be king! News Flash! There's only One King of Kings!I don't care if you don't believe in 'God! He still exist! Only human thing that's most important is your Soul! Get it saved through God! That's the fight! Your need must be greater that your offense! You need to be saved! The only way to get along with plp. Whew! Got that out! Enjoy your day or night!
  • by Anna Location: Tallahassee on May 4, 2011 at 06:59 AM
    It saddens my heart to hear some of the remarks made concerning what happened at the graduation for me and my colleagues. True enough we must ask ourselves what grounds are we sowing in and what are the results of your fruits? It has nothing to do with the color of your skin because all races act the fool all the time. It's just different scenarios and results. We should never judge one another because we are not the Judge of our brothers and sisters. What we need to do is pray for one another and that we will all be ready when the day Christ returns. For No sin is greater than the other...Now ask yourselves, as I ask myself.."what grounds am I sowing in? Is it producing harvest or is just another bad apple in the bunch? Be blessed and let's start being about our Father's business.
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      by Mike on May 4, 2011 at 04:26 PM in reply to Anna
      Consider . . . say you are wrong about all the "God" stuff. All of it. The what? By the way . . did you watch the video? That wasn't red people acting the fool. They were not purple, blue, green or yellow. Seen the violent crime statistics? How about the news? Living in denial isn't good for you, or the nation.
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        by Jessie on Jul 27, 2011 at 11:21 AM in reply to Mike
        Mike, you are MOST ignorant! So did you read the news about the white girl that Murdered her white daughter to try to keep a white boy that didn't want her in the first place? Did you see the News when the white girl drowned her babies for a man, again, that didn't want her and blamed it on a black man! Yeah Mike. If you believe everything the news say, I feel pity you! You are Pathetic! Ungrateful! embarrassing! Blind by your choice! I repeat, MOST IGNORANT dummy alive! Do you know all the criminal, violent sadistic acts committed by whites? If blacks and other non-white races started to repay white man for his acts of crime on them, Most of the whites like you, would not exist. No wonder white women LOOOVE the black man, FOOL YOU! Oh yeah! whether you say so or not, The Lord God Almighty Does Exist! I hop you get this message! Weak little thing!
  • by Dr. Who Location: Tally on May 4, 2011 at 06:35 AM
    Dude you're comparing apples to oranges. My neighborhood combined w/the adjacent one have about as many people as all of Lafayette County. As for me, I'll deal with higher crime in order to have more options than a Subway and Dollar General. As for this incident, these people were acting like classless animals based on their actions not their skin color.
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      by Matthew on May 4, 2011 at 07:48 AM in reply to Dr. Who
      Mayo actually has options, or at least enough options for the number of residents who live here. We have local restaurants, a local grocery store and farmers market, as well as other local stores to serve our needs. Bottom line, we support ourselves and it works for us. Ill gladly support a local business, not have large chain stores, and take the safe atmosphere. Its very nice to live in an area where you dont have to worry about the issues associated with places like Tallahassee.
  • by anonymous Location: tallahassee on May 4, 2011 at 05:48 AM
    All I have to say is "Ignorance is a Bliss"
  • by Guy Location: Here on May 4, 2011 at 05:45 AM
    I hope one day people will wake up and realize that the issue is (the lack of) parenting. The government provides handouts, free daycare, free healthcare, etc., but that can't replace a father or mother figure in the household.
  • by intheknow Location: tally on May 4, 2011 at 04:53 AM
    some of us know exactly what happend and for what reason i witnessed all the graduations and all the crowds were rude and hollering over peoples names air horns and noisemakers tally is very rude at grads and out in the town
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      by Anonymous on May 4, 2011 at 06:21 AM in reply to intheknow
      So what exactly did happen and for what reason?
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