Police: Two people arrested after large fight following Watervliet High School graduation

WATERVLIET, N.Y. (NEWS10) – Police arrested two people accused of being involved in a fight following graduation at Watervliet High School Thursday night.

Police say when they arrived, they found 30 individuals fighting near the high school parking lot at around 8:30 p.m.

The incident was all caught on camera by Isaiah Casper.

“Graduation isn’t the time to be settling those kind of issues.”

He says the night started out great with his family and classmates all celebrating their accomplishments.

“It was really good to like walk across the stage and hear your name and hear everyone cheer for you and know that you didn’t just go to school for nothing, like it was actually worth it.”

After the ceremony ended and his parents were taking pictures outside, they heard a commotion.

“You could see people like arguing and at first we just thought it was people like having fun.”

During the fight, police say one Watervliet Police Officer was injured. The officer was treated at a local hospital and released. No other injuries were reported.

Damion Walker, 18, of Watervliet and a juvenile were arrested. Walker is facing two counts of resisting arrest and one count of obstruction of governmental administration.

“Damion, I’ve only known him to be like a nice, human-being. I never knew him to really get in any fights,” Katelyn Krempecki, a 2017 graduate, said.

Krempecki was surprised, having left right after graduation wrapped up.

“There was no real reason for it to happen.”

Casper says he feels the same way.

“It was just not the right place nor the time.”

He just wants people to know that this doesn’t reflect his graduating class.

“We’re still gonna shine no matter what people say about us and I think we’re all great individuals.”

The investigation is ongoing and more arrests are possible.

Officers from the Green Island Police Department, Colonie Police Department, and Menands Police Department also responded to the scene.

The Watervliet School District Superintendent says anyone who violated its code of conduct will face consequences.

There is still no word what the fight was over.

Watervliet City Schools issued this statement:

“An altercation occurred outside Watervliet High School after the graduation ceremony ended Thursday evening. The incident occurred at the edge of school property and continued into the street. Watervliet police who were at the school directing traffic for the graduation ceremony responded and additional officers were called to assist.

This incident detracted from the celebration and the accomplishments of our graduates. It is troubling and it is unfortunate that the foolish choices and actions of a few individuals created a negative and potentially dangerous atmosphere for what began as a happy and memorable occasion for our graduates and their families.

We are profoundly disappointed in the behavior exhibited last night by the students and adults involved in the altercation. We do not condone or tolerate violence of any kind in our schools. Any students or adults found in violation of the district’s Code of Conduct will face disciplinary consequences.”

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