In fact, they were locked out.
For Michelle Bandoo this is a doubly special day, her daughter's birthday and graduation from middle school. But that special moment when her daughter walked on stage to get her diploma--well she didn't get to see it.
"They overcrowded the place, and I'm very upset," she said.
She's not alone. Many people were seen outside Mt. Vernon High School where the ceremony for A.B. Davis Middle School was held. Dozens of relatives and loved ones were outside unable to get into the auditorium.
At times the standoff with security got heated.
The school district said each graduate received four tickets which should have been enough.
Some people tell Eyewitness News security let in people who didn't have tickets and that even some high school students crashed the event, forcing others out.
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