Raw Video: Witness at Bay View Graduation
Katie Simon talked with TODAY'S TMJ4 HD's Heather Shannon. Video by tmj4.comvideo
Click "video" link at left to watch a conversation with Katie Simon, a witness at the Bay View High School graduation, and TODAY'S TMJ4 HD's Heather Shannon.
MILWAUKEE - Bay View High School's graduation was held at the U.S. Cellular Arena on Monday night. The graduation ceremony got so out of control that school officials are now changing the way graduation will be held in the future.
"I've never experienced anything like this," Ms. Katie Simon said.
Simon was one of hundreds of family members and loved ones who attended Bay View's graduation. She said things got out of control fast.
"It was such a feeling of nervousness and anxiety and tension and people wondering was there going to be violence over this?" she said.
The disturbance started when several students made hand gestures and danced across the stage to get their diplomas. That's not allowed, so the principal tried to make them start over or get off the stage.
"It was so unruly that people were booing, jeering, and some people actually feared for the safety of the principal," Simon said.