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Mom Arrested for Cheering Too Loudly at Daughter’s Graduation

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It was only recently that we brought you the story of a high school senior in Cincinnati whose diploma was withheld because his family cheered for too long at his graduation day ceremony. Well, turns out he wasn’t the only one who had to face such embarrassment.

Over at South Florence High School in South Carolina, graduation day for Iesha Cooper was a bitter one when her mother was handcuffed by police for cheering too loudly.

In an interview with WPDE, Shannon Cooper expressed shock and disbelief over the way she was treated by Florence police. “Are ya’ll serious? Are ya’ll for real?,” she said, among other things that would describe how humiliated this mother was. Iesha didn’t even know her mother was getting arrested until her friend told her. When she stepped outside the hall, the 18-year-old was in tears seeing her mother in a van, arrested for cheering.

As was the case with the senior in Cincinnati, police instructed all parents to avoid excessive cheers as it disrupts the ceremony and makes it difficult to hear students names being called. Shannon said she only cheered as loudly as any other proud parent would on such a momentous occasion. But her excitement saw her escorted out and booked at the detention center. (She was freed after posting a $225 bond.) What should have been one of the happiest days for both mother and daughter turned out to be one of the worst.

Watch the mom’s interview below. Do you think what the school did is fair?

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