Certain situations never cease to amaze me. In this case, though, my mouth was left hanging open as I read the events.
Here’s the story of what happened.
A Myrtle Beach teen’s high school graduation on Saturday was ruined when her excited mom, Shannon Cooper, was arrested for cheering.
You read that right. This mom was not only thrown out but she was actually arrested and brought up on charges for cheering her daughter on as she graduated.
I remember my family cheering me on when I graduated. So were countless other families.
First, let’s start with the school. They did mention that parents were warned they would be tossed from the auditorium if they cheered for an individual. What they didn’t mention is why. Why are parents not allowed to cheer something they sacrificed so much to make happen?
As this mom said: “I’m going to cheer, because…I’ve gone through too much to get her to this point.” She added incredulously, “I can’t let her know ‘I’m so proud of you?”
Fair question. And it should be answered. Yes her act were defiant. But if we are going to start arresting people for moral defiance, you had better start building jail cells the size of small planets; we are all going to jail.
Getting kicked out is one thing. Getting arrested is another.
Apparently removing her from her own daughter’s graduation (which to be fair, they did give advanced notice on that….so fine) wasn’t enough? Were her actions really a crime?
We cheer loudly at sporting events. Heck, even Golf fans – the most boring, yet admittedly very skilled sport ever – cheer after a nice shot. Why would parents not be allowed to cheer real life events? How is that unruly? Do they have that same rule at the sporting events of this particular high school? Or anywhere for that matter.
Under that brilliant cerebrating, the thousands of people in arenas and stadiums around the world should be arrested too.
The people in the comments of the original article are arguing really stupid points:
“You shouldn’t have to be told to not act unruly at a graduation”, says one idiot.
My response: You’re right. And she didn’t. She cheered for her child. Before you make stupid comments like that, find out what constitutes unruly. Then, shut up.
“How would you like to be one of the other parents who can’t hear your child’s name because of the noise?”, asked another genius.
My Response: If they’re going to announce everyone’s name individually, there would be a gap between names. The students would walk across the stage, maybe get handed a diploma, pose for a picture with the principal, things like that. In a world of microphones and PA Systems, why on Earth would there not be enough time for someone to cheer? It’s not like she was starting the wave. Are you telling me that with one person cheering, the next name would not be heard over a speaker system? Seriously?
“We don’t know the whole story on this one”, observes another.
My Response: Yeah, why is that? Whenever there’s an arrest made and it makes the news, there’s usually the arresting officer or an another officer familiar with the situation to comment. Why did no one say anything?
Again, my point isn’t with having her removed from the auditorium. It’s the arrest.
And do you really think that she is the only one in the auditorium who cheered? Please. Adults in masses never perfectly follow rules, especially when it’s a “do not” rule. And as pointed out in the article:
She and her daughter also assert that others were cheering and avoided arrest.
- Mom arrested for cheering too loudly at daughter’s graduation (rawstory.com)
- Mom arrested for cheering too loudly at daughter’s graduation | The Raw Story (incaseofinnocence.wordpress.com)
- South Carolina Mom Arrested for Cheering at Her Daughter’s Graduation (foxnewsinsider.com)
- Too Much Cheering at High School Graduations? (kstp.com)
- Mom arrested, jailed for cheering at daughter’s graduation (whptv.com)
- Mom arrested for cheering daughter at graduation… (clickorlando.com)
- Shannon Cooper Cheers At Her Daughter’s Graduation … And Gets Arrested? (VIDEO) – Huffington Post (blog) (huffingtonpost.com)