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.