A Brooklyn elementary school graduation became a scene of pandemonium yesterday when members of an overflow crowd, angered by being left outside, confronted at least one security officer and were hit with pepper spray, witnesses said.
Before it was over, three people were treated at a hospital for burns, parents were circulating a protest petition and 174 pupils from Public School 92 were left with the memory of a graduation at which the strains of "Pomp and Circumstance" blended with the blare of ambulance sirens ...
[Medgar Evans] [C]ollege, which said it was providing its auditorium at no cost for about 20 public school graduation ceremonies this month, said P.S. 92 had filed a written request in which it promised to limit the number who would attend yesterday to 400. The maximum capacity of the auditorium is 500, the college said.
P.S. 92, which had never before used the Medgar Evers auditorium for a graduation, "issued invitations greatly in excess" of 400 people, the statement said. A Medgar Evers spokesman, Fred Price, said 1,400 people showed up.
400, 1400. It's a mistake anybody could make.
As the article points out, "the confrontation provided a cautionary example of how grown-ups sometimes behave in ways they might not tolerate in their children."
Yeah, they might
not tolerate it. Then again, the apple doesn't fall far from the tree.