You can bet your bottom dollar that when my kids graduate from high school (and college and middle school and preschool) I’ll be cheering so loud my voice will be ringing in the ears of people in a 3-state radius for hours afterwards. Hell, when my older daughter first pooped on the potty we practically held a parade in her honor and didn’t care who knew what it was for.
It’s a parent’s primary job to be their children’s loudest and proudest supporter. Shannon Cooper understands that, which is why she whooped it up at her daughter Iseha’s South Florence high school graduation in South Carolina on Saturday night. But instead of busting with pride on her behalf, local police police busted her. As in, arrested her, according to the New York Daily News (via WPDE NewChannel 15 in Myrtle Beach).
Cooper was charged with disorderly conduct and placed in a detention center.
“Are ya’ll serious? Are ya’ll for real? I mean, that’s what I’m thinking in my mind,” Cooper told WPDE. “I didn’t say anything. I was just like OK, I can’t fight the law.”
She claims other families were acting similarly when they’re kids’ names were called. However, police had allegedly warned parents that “screaming would result in expulsion” from the ceremony, and those expelled were arrested upon exiting.
“Yesterday can’t be replaced… My mama went to jail on my graduation day,” Iesha Cooper, 18, told the TV station.
In equally bad, if not worse graduation news, one student at Mt. Health Junior/Senior High School in Ohio received a sentence of community service and was denied his diploma after his family was accused of being too “rowdy” at his graduation ceremony, the Daily News reports.
I can understand prohibited spectators from getting too excitable at sports games, because that could mean being unsportsmanlike. But being too vocal about how much you love your child and appreciate their accomplishments during a graduation ceremony?
I have no doubt there are some graduation ceremonies that get too loud (which is why plenty of schools have prohibited bull horns or even simply hold them outdoors), but even if I weren’t the one doing the excessively loud cheering, I wouldn’t begrudge other families for expressing their vocal support for their kids. If there’s any place and time where it seems absolutely appropriate, a graduation ceremony is it.
The law enforcement officials and school administrators who meted out those punishments are the ones who should be feeling some loud and deserved wrath right about now, not the parents who showed their accomplished kids a little loud love.
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