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2 charged after adult fight disrupts kindergarten graduation

By Cleve R. Wootson Jr. and Ann Doss Helms
cwootson@charlotteobserver.com, ahelms@charlotteobserver.com

Police were called to River Gate Elementary School in southwest Charlotte Thursday morning when two adults got into a fight at a kindergarten “graduation” ceremony.

No one was seriously injured and no children were involved in the “physical altercation,” said Tahira Stalberte, spokeswoman for Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools.

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police and the CMS police department responded, she said. The end-of-year student recognition ceremony continued after the fight, she said.

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police charged two men with disorderly conduct in connection with the fight. Yani Arnautovic, 34, and Darrell Wayne Dotson, 38 were both booked into Mecklenburg jail. Their bond information wasn’t immediately available.

Video from WSOC-TV showed a man being led out of the school in handcuffs.

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