Several fights erupted at a high school graduation in New Jersey on Thursday evening, sending one person to the hospital. The brawls occurred near the end of the graduation ceremony at Westwood Regional High School in Bergen County. According to, both students and parents were involved.

The Washington Township Police Department reported that one person was hospitalized, while several others suffered minor injuries but declined treatment. “This was supposed to be an enjoyable night for the Westwood High School Senior class, which has been tainted due to the egregious behavior by some,” the police stated in a press release. The cause of the fights remains unspecified.

Westwood Regional High School Principal Frank Connell congratulated the Class of 2024 on social media, emphasizing his pride in the students despite the incident. Jay Garcia, president of the Westwood Regional School District Board of Education, told WCBS-TV that the focus should remain on the students’ achievements and the community’s support.

Westwood Regional High School has around 840 students. A police investigation into the brawl has been launched, with potential charges pending. Anyone with videos or information is urged to contact Detective Sgt. Severio Fasciano at the Washington Township Police Department.