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How Does A Brawl Break Out at a Kindergarten Event?


(CBS/AP)How does a brawl break out at a kindergarten graduation?

We don't know all the details, but that's sure what happened in Victorville, Calif. after two women began arguing at a southern California elementary school.

San Bernardino County investigators say the arguing soon got physical in a field near the June ceremony at Puesta del Sol Elementary.

Several men got involved and the incident turned into a brawl, forcing school officials to place the school on lockdown until deputies sorted things out. No one was hurt.

Court records show misdemeanor charges have been filed against 31-year-old Queiona Burt and 29-year-old Marina Ruth Vargas. Prosecutors say they face up to six months in jail if convicted for interference with peaceful conduct at a school and 90 days in jail for unlawful acts committed on school grounds.

But fights, unfortunately, aren't anything new at child-oriented occasions. Sports events, for instance, have been marred by violence for years. In 2006, police said a father pulled a gun on a child's football coach because his son wasn't getting to play. That same year, a brawl broke out at a youth football game in Corpus Christi, Texas, when a coach charged the field and tackled a referee, with parents jumping in to protect their kids. In 2002, a hockey dad was convicted of beating a man to death at a hockey scrimmage after some rough play. And these are just a few examples. 

But why does it happen at all?

Referring to sports-related incidents on "The Early Show," Peter Roby, director of Center for the Study of Sport in Society at Northeastern University, said parents are losing perspective and viewing the event through their own eyes, rather than from their child's point of view.

Roby told "Early Show" co-anchor Harry Smith, "They are living vicariously, watching too much television."

Being a parent isn't easy, especially when you believe your child is being mistreated or overlooked. Have you ever been in situation where you had to stand up for your child? How did you handle it? What were the results? Let us know in the comments below.