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You Stay Classy, Cleveland!

Posted on | June 1, 2013 | 23 Comments

My wife’s family is from northern Ohio, where the nightly local news is like a continuing education lesson on Reasons to Avoid Cleveland:

. . . what happened at a kindergarten graduation in Cleveland. What started as two teens fighting over spilled juice led to the families getting involved and eventually turned into a riot. Police were called when one participant pulled out a hammer and another pulled out a pipe, though authorities are unsure whether they were brought to the graduation or found while the riot was happening.
In the end, eight people were arrested and charged with aggravated rioting. . . .

More — including video — at Viral Read.



23 Responses to “You Stay Classy, Cleveland!”

  1. PATR2014
    June 1st, 2013 @ 2:55 pm

    RT @smitty_one_each: TOM You Stay Classy, Cleveland! #TCOT

  2. 1RoySchneider
    June 1st, 2013 @ 3:01 pm

    RT @smitty_one_each: TOM You Stay Classy, Cleveland! #TCOT

  3. eloracnasus
    June 1st, 2013 @ 3:04 pm

    @smitty_one_each as a Clevelander, it makes me sad to see stuff like this. It wasn’t like this 6 years ago. The next Detroit? I think, maybe

  4. johnpwardiv
    June 1st, 2013 @ 3:09 pm

    @smitty_one_each Being a little harsh, Cleveland is a great town.

  5. Evi L. Bloggerlady
    June 1st, 2013 @ 4:02 pm

    Ohio is quickly surpassing New Jersey in crassness and rudness, Florida in weirdness, and, Illinois and Louisiana in corruption.

    Ohio is #1!

  6. Dai Alanye
    June 1st, 2013 @ 4:02 pm

    Why is there even such a thing as Kindergarten graduation?

    It’s ridiculous, of course, another attempt to sell (formal) education to both the children and their parents by rewarding any achievement, no matter how petty. Too bad, of course, that many of these same children will later on waste several years going through the motions of getting a highschool “education.”

  7. ThomasD
    June 1st, 2013 @ 4:07 pm

    Why is there even such a thing as Kindergarten graduation?

    Oh come on Stacy, even you know better than that. In Cleveland kindergarden might be the best three or six years of your life…

  8. Dai Alanye
    June 1st, 2013 @ 4:09 pm

    And why the reflex slamming of Cleveland and Ohio when so many other places deserve it more? I suspect it’s caused by little more than a pointless desire to attack someone or something in a vain attempt to get even with… With whom or what, libruls er sumpin?

    Save your ammunition for more fetid targets.

  9. richard mcenroe
    June 1st, 2013 @ 4:10 pm

    Oh c’mon, who doesn’t bring blunt instruments to a children’s affair?

    Well, it’s either that or assume the school leaves pipes and hammers around where five-year-olds can reach them…

  10. Proof
    June 1st, 2013 @ 4:45 pm

    Stacy: You are being entirely too hard on Cleveland! There are some nice people there! I met both of them!

  11. Neo
    June 1st, 2013 @ 4:54 pm

    It’s not called “the mistake by the lake” for nothing

  12. Adjoran
    June 1st, 2013 @ 5:06 pm

    In Cleveland, there’s a term for those who don’t carry pipes, hammers, or guns: “victims.”

  13. Adjoran
    June 1st, 2013 @ 5:08 pm

    The Fox8 report is a little better, with live footage from the scene:

    Looks like all the white people had already been arrested and taken away by the time the TV crew arrived, though.

  14. Evi L. Bloggerlady
    June 1st, 2013 @ 5:19 pm
  15. Peter Ingemi
    June 1st, 2013 @ 5:36 pm

    Who brings a pipe and a hanger to a graduation?

  16. Cube
    June 1st, 2013 @ 5:42 pm


  17. RantMan
    June 1st, 2013 @ 7:00 pm

    I’d be willing to bet that it was a bunch of wookies.

  18. RantMan
    June 1st, 2013 @ 7:00 pm

    Negros usually. Just sayin’

  19. Matthew W
    June 1st, 2013 @ 7:31 pm

    Ouch !!!

  20. Stephen Michael Kellat
    June 1st, 2013 @ 8:45 pm

    Well…thankfully there’s more to northeast Ohio than Cleveland.

  21. Pablo
    June 2nd, 2013 @ 7:04 am

    You can look it up!

  22. Dai Alanye
    June 2nd, 2013 @ 10:11 am

    Thank you, Paul, for demonstrating perfectly what I meant when referring to dummerEselisch commentary. (Nothing personal intended, of course.)

  23. Quartermaster
    June 2nd, 2013 @ 6:24 pm

    When I lived in SE Ohio, we called Cleveland “The Mistake By the Lake.” I was talking to someone from Cuyahoga Falls who disagreed, but saw no reason to either disabuse him or to change my opinion.