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Moms Talk: Mother Jailed for Cheering at Daughter’s Graduation

In this week’s Moms Talk we discuss a South Carolina mom who was carted off to jail after cheering as her daughter’s name was called at her high school graduation.

In an odd situation of pomp and repercussion, Shannon Cooper ended up in jail after cheering too loudly at her daughter’s recent high school graduation in South Carolina.

Cooper and other parents at Florence High School’s graduation had been warned beforehand that loud, disruptive behavior would be punished and if they cheered for the graduates, they would be thrown out. When her daughter Iesha, 18, walked across the stage to get her diploma, Cooper did it anyway.

Cooper said, "I got up, and I said 'Yeah, my baby made it. Yes!' Just a regular cheer."

She was charged with disorderly conduct and taken to the Florence County Detention Center where she spent several hours until posting a $225 bond. Is that fair? People all over the country are outraged on Cooper’s behalf.

I have covered several graduations for Patch, and each one was complete with overjoyed, raucous applause from graduates’ family and friends. I’ve even witnessed airhorns and whistles in the mix.

It’s loud, it’s kind of annoying and disrespectful to other graduates, but it’s certainly not jail-worthy.

“Yesterday can’t be changed… My momma went to jail on my graduation,” Iesha said.

What’s your opinion, moms? Should Cooper have gone to jail for cheering for her daughter? Tell us in the comments.

Jennifer Silas June 08, 2012 at 10:19 PM
I think you might feel differently if your daughter's name was the very next name called and you could not hear it because of the loud cheering from another family. At a brookwood graduation a couple of years ago we could not hear the name of our cousin. The person one or two before him had about six or seven family members in the audience and they cheered, had noise makers and whooped it up. It was loud and disruptive. Perhaps jail is to harsh; but these people don't feel shame. The shameful behavior continues year after year. Her baby made it. But so did every other child in that graduation ceremony. Really, is it that great of an accomplishment? Seems to me the parents diminish the accomplishment by ignoring the very rules they send their kids to school to learn.
Pat Deas June 09, 2012 at 03:39 AM
When my daughter graduated from high school, one of her male classmates actually jumped on one of the teachers on stage in a humping gesture, after he got his diploma. That behavior deserved something close to jailing! It's true that the parents were forewarned and ,unfortunately, chose to ignore it. I've been to many such events and too many people just act out like that mother. I know she was proud of her dgtr., but so were other parents who may have struggled against many obstacles to get to graduation day.
Ben June 09, 2012 at 12:40 PM
She knew the Rules & Regulations of the Graduation Ceremony, She acted worse, being a mother of a student, setting a great example to her child plus others. Lock her up good, until she know how to respect other Students and there Family's
Dot York June 09, 2012 at 01:03 PM
I definitely think she should have suffered the consequences, but jail seems a bit harsh. Maybe she could have been removed from the auditorium and fined a reasonable amount.
Alan McKee June 09, 2012 at 01:08 PM
Wrong only if she didn't know the rules.... She did.
ada June 09, 2012 at 01:27 PM
It is very rude . . . save the cheers for outside!
Joyce June 09, 2012 at 05:32 PM
Most people in society don't have concern for everyone around them. Every time I go to a concert or movie, there is people talking or their kids being loud . Most of the time they dont stop or remove the problem. She was warned and should have consequences. I hope and Pray when my son graduates in 4 years, people behave .
CR013 June 09, 2012 at 09:32 PM
Jail seems a bit much for this. It wasn't criminal, it was just rude. I read about a different graduation where any kid who's family was loud and cheered couldn't get their actual diploma until they finished a week's worth of some sort of community service. It sucks for the graduate, who didn't do a thing wrong. Pretty soon they'll just telecast the graduation and no one will be allowed to actually be there. Seriously, it's just high school, be proud but save that flipping out for when they get out of college.
Mrs.Weir June 10, 2012 at 06:44 PM
In my opinion she has the right to cheer her daughter on because now days most teenagers don't make it to a high school graduations. As a mom myself I would have cheered my child on also it is a lil show of support that helps kids move on to the next step. So jail should not be a option, u guys are saying people can't hear their family members being called after a family cheers but she didn't do all the rowdy cheering she said a few words and that was it.

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