Mom arrested for cheering daughter at graduation

I don’t have a problem with this arrest, it is always announced at the beginning of the ceremony that you can’t cheer and some idiots always do.   It is a distraction since they move the kids right along and it’s hard to hear the names of the next kids.  – Phoebe

Police place woman in detention center

Published On: Jun 05 2012


In some places it’s fine to be proud of your graduating children — just not too proud.

A mother in South Carolina was arrested moments after she cheered for her daughter as she walked across the stage to accept her diploma.

Shannon Cooper was handcuffed at the South Florence High School graduation ceremony and charged with disorderly conduct.

“Are ya’ll serious?  Are ya’ll for real?  I mean, that’s what I’m thinking in my mind,” Cooper told WPDE in Myrtle Beach.  “I didn’t say anything. I was just, like, ‘OK, I can’t fight the law.’“

School officials had announced before the ceremony that anyone cheering or screaming for those graduating would be escorted from the building.

Cooper’s daughter, Iesha, wasn’t aware her mother had been arrested until she was informed by friends while she was still participating in the festivities.

Police placed Cooper in a detention center before releasing her on $225 bond.
By phoebe53 Posted in Crime

3 comments on “Mom arrested for cheering daughter at graduation

  1. Since she was arrested for it, I would imagine that that lady raised an ear blasting ruckus. Sometimes it seems there is a competition to make the most noise. Nonetheless, I find it strange that the article does not exactly state what made her cheering arrest worthy. Is that all she did, just cheer at a graduation ceremony?

    Anyway, I am curious. If you did not disagree with the woman’s arrest, why put up a post? You liked her arrest? But other than cheering, we really don’t know what she did. Consider the other extreme — no cheering. An absolutely quiet graduation ceremony sort of defeats the purpose, which is, after all, to publicly recognize and acknowledge the achievement of the students (and to some extent their parents).

  2. What she was arrested for was disorderly conduct for refusing to leave.

    What happens at graduations around here is, several schools in the surrounding area all graduate the same day and the same place which makes for a long day and the powers that be need to keep it moving along. I’ve been at graduations here where there are as many as 6 schools in one place on the same day, that adds up to anywhere up to 2000 kids, then add in the speakers and time is of the essence.

    When one school has finished they present the class to the audience who then can applaud and hoot ‘n holler all they want. It’s not as if she was not forewarned, she readily admits that the rules were presented before the event began. She was probably wildly cheering because she was amazed the kid made it thru Junior High.

    I posted it because I like to hear other sides, even Mr. G disagrees with me.

  3. Part of the problem of government-run schools, I suppose. The administrators scale the darn things up to the point where only a few facilities can handle the graduation.

    Why does a high school have to be so big? I suspect the answer has to do more with the needs of the politicians and the administrators than it does the children and their parents.

    When I think about that last line, I wonder if we have lost it.

    Cooper’s daughter, Iesha, wasn’t aware her mother had been arrested until she was informed by friends while she was still participating in the festivities.

    They arrested a mother for making too much noise, but the person she was cheering for did not even know her mother had been arrested.

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