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Dispute disrupts graduation

June 10, 2006|by TIFFANY ARNOLD

A man was charged Friday with allegedly hitting a woman he said was talking too loudly during South Hagerstown High School's graduation.

The Hagerstown Police Department charged James J. Myers, 19, of Greencastle, Pa., with assault and disrupting school operations, both misdemeanors, Officer Tim Rossiter said.

"As soon as it happened, the ceremony came to a screeching halt," Rossiter said. "That's why he's being charged with disrupting school operations."

Myers was attending the graduation, held in the school's gymnasium, when he asked Samantha Oyler, 36, of Hagerstown, to be quiet, according to police. The two exchanged words, police said.

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"Myers got agitated and punched her in the mouth," Rossiter said.

Rossiter said Myers left the gymnasium on his own, and was arrested outside the gym soon afterward.

Oyler said she had come to see her son graduate. She was readmitted to the ceremony after the incident.

"I wasn't the only one talking loud," Oyler said. "There was more than one person talking."

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