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SC Mom Busted at Kid's Graduation: 'I Cheered for My Baby and I Got the Cuffs'

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A South Carolina mother says she was humiliated when she was arrested during her daughter's high school graduation last weekend in Florence, S.C., for cheering too loudly.

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Teresa W (782)
Wednesday June 6, 2012, 3:18 pm

Daniel Partlow (179)
Wednesday June 6, 2012, 3:25 pm
That is ridiculous! What did she have a blast horn? maybe a reprimand, but being arrestedis too far!!

. (0)
Wednesday June 6, 2012, 3:30 pm
I heard about this on the radio. This woman was with a group of people who, when the child's name was called hollered, and basically stopped the ceremony because of their length :happiness".
Now, the child, or the mother has to do 20 hours of community service.....

Barb Knight (1688)
Wednesday June 6, 2012, 3:47 pm
This is just down right unfair. I saw this on the news last night and the mother commented how her daughter cried when they cuffed her and took her away. I hope the police aren't called at my wedding because that is going to be one HUMUNGUS CELEBRATION!! :) Thnx Cal...

l L (1)
Wednesday June 6, 2012, 4:17 pm
Shameful. South Carolina no doubt. Did they have signs posted saying you can't cheer? I see nothing but bad things for this country. Bad things. People in uniform... People in politics...people....

Past Member (0)
Wednesday June 6, 2012, 4:58 pm

Rose Becke (141)
Wednesday June 6, 2012, 5:49 pm

Kathy Chadwell (354)
Wednesday June 6, 2012, 6:15 pm

The kids want to hear you cheer them on,,, the arrest was stupid in my opinion

Kerrie G (116)
Thursday June 7, 2012, 12:56 am
Noted, thanks.

Jessica C (178)
Thursday June 7, 2012, 4:59 am
Give me a break! There are plenty of real criminals on Wall Street, but the police choose instead to arrest mothers rightly showing pride in their children's achievements. Shame!!

pam w (139)
Thursday June 7, 2012, 8:53 am
“Everybody wants to hear their child’s name called and everyone was asked to be respectful and to be quiet.”

++++++++++++++ difficult is it to restrain yourself in a crowd of 9.000 people?

Past Member (0)
Thursday June 7, 2012, 9:55 am
This is the most ridiculous piece of shit I've read in a long time! What is so wrong with showing your happiness with a public display of "whooping and hollering"? It was probably the proudest moment of this woman's life and it will be marred forever by this bullshit. Disgraceful!

jayne TURNER (16)
Thursday June 7, 2012, 10:35 am
good grief! If this is what you get for being happy...

James E (16)
Thursday June 7, 2012, 12:38 pm
There are certainly degrees of conduct, and the mother's own statement in the source article does make me wonder how disruptive she was.

One of the ideas behind the rule against cheering is that if you have to pause every time a name is called, and there are 407 names on the list, at even a 30-second pause it would add 200-plus minutes to the program.

However, arrested and put in cuffs seems a bit over the top.

A crowd of 9,000 parents and family members, 407 graduates, and THIRTY police officers on hand. Wow!

BG Callahan (0)
Thursday June 7, 2012, 12:58 pm
Every day the "righteous" spout the bull about minority parents not giving a rodents posterior about their kids educational success! They show it, and one is singled out and made an example of. However, James E.s point makes sense. Parents could keep their cheers to 5 seconds apiece. Some of those kids no doubt had few or no cheers, by the way, wonder how that made them feel. There are painful points to be made on all sides of this issue.

Kate Kenner (215)
Thursday June 7, 2012, 12:59 pm
Well, I wasn't there so I don't know how loud she got but arrest seems a little extreme. That is a lot of kids so I can see the need for some control but I don't think it's worth putting her in the clinker

Elizabeth Stuef (8)
Thursday June 7, 2012, 1:11 pm
Is there something happening in the US when 30 police officers are at a graduation ceremony? Instead of arresting this woman, couldn"t she have been spoken to. I wonder if being black had something to do with her arrest. The whole thing is crazy.

Fred Krohn (34)
Thursday June 7, 2012, 1:40 pm
My action: I'd only arrest someone who was getting to the point that they were, accidentally or intentionally, physically contacting adjacent people. If she was just loudly cheering and/or clapping, the most I'd give her would be a $10 ticket for excessive noise. This case is stupid and the cops owe her an apology for overreacting.

Christeen A (368)
Thursday June 7, 2012, 1:41 pm
This is ridiculous. This is a joyous occasion we are talking about. Keep up with the cheering. It was well deserved.

Margery Coffey (8)
Thursday June 7, 2012, 1:42 pm
I think the school overreacted. This is beyond stupid.

Florence Eaise (132)
Thursday June 7, 2012, 1:50 pm
I wish i were there to see and hear just how loud and dispuptive the cheering was! I cheered for my daughters when they graduated but within reason! Everyone should get to HEAR their childs name being called maybe she was soo loud that no one could hear wish i couldve been there to know for myself thanks for sharing

Lynn Squance (235)
Thursday June 7, 2012, 1:53 pm
Whatever happened to a warning first? To be arrested and do 20 hours of community service is way over the top!

One official said graduation is a solemn event --- where the hell has he been. Graduation is a celebration! In this day and age of education cuts etc, a kid graduating should be a celebration!

c fraser (49)
Thursday June 7, 2012, 1:59 pm
Sorry, but I have no sympathy for this lady! There was a group of people sitting in front of me when my youngest son graduated. When their child's name was called they got REALLY loud and continued to make so much noise we couldn't even hear when our child's name was called. This woman was proud of her daughter, but I'm sure the other parents were proud of their kids, too. Fine to cheer, but not to the point where it ruins things for others.

Gary L (138)
Thursday June 7, 2012, 2:15 pm
interesting how some will empower the storm troopers just for being a little loud surely there are other ways

Lara Nunes (6)
Thursday June 7, 2012, 2:26 pm
what a stupid law all parents cheer their children during graduation. its a normal responds


Ed G (1)
Thursday June 7, 2012, 2:33 pm
Its a shame the article did not give any background as to why the arrest happened.
On the surface it sounds like someone had twisted their tightly whitey's.

Rosie Lopez (73)
Thursday June 7, 2012, 2:37 pm

Eternal Gardener (745)
Thursday June 7, 2012, 3:39 pm
No matter how disrupting and annoying the cheering was, the reaction to it was far too harsh...

Christopher Fowler (82)
Thursday June 7, 2012, 4:43 pm
This is just plain ridiculous. Arrested for cheering her daughter's graduation? Are they serious? I hope that she is able to sue the school district. It isn't as if she was booing anyone's kid or anything.

The lunatics truly have taken over the asylum.

Darryl Smith (10)
Thursday June 7, 2012, 5:33 pm
That is one of the dumbest things I have have ever heard. The proud parents have every right to cheer their children. The police were totally out of line in making the arrest and they should be ashamed of themselves. If I had been there and my child was graduating, I would have been cheering too.

Aletta Kraan (146)
Thursday June 7, 2012, 6:35 pm
Noted, why arrest her, she was HAPPY ?

Claudia O (73)
Thursday June 7, 2012, 6:38 pm
Our rights are being usurped more and more all the time. This woman may have been loud, but there was no reason to arrest her. She is a proud mother....maybe a little too exuberant, but proud. I find her arrest to be just sad.

Parvez Zuberi (7)
Friday June 8, 2012, 12:36 am
Stupid and racist people

Rebecca Y (26)
Friday June 8, 2012, 3:32 pm
My God, what country do we live in? Is this a gestapo, brown shirt mentality, or what? I heard about another family that got into trouble too and it was in the south somewhere...they won't give the boy his diploma because his family cheered too loud and if he wants it, he has to do 20 hours of community service! This is totally unacceptable and these police and the schools should be sued. I really am beginning to hate the southern states when I hear of all this bigotry on their part. Next, they will be making everyone with the wrong color hair get out of their states. Was this racially motivated? Didn't they hear that slavery is over?

Gloria H (88)
Friday June 8, 2012, 9:49 pm
Sounds like something my mother would do. Granted it is rude to cheer when asked not to, but its a social faux paw and not something that calls for arrest. When does escorted out mean arrest in the first place? I have been to town meetings that are loud and people were warned against outburst, but they just are escorted out, not handcuffed.
Had it been my mother, they probably would have tasered her. Talk about a mama bear. My mother was always bragging about me, much to my chagrin. Perhaps her child would have been embarassed too, but this was crazy cop caper. I'd hate to be the cop's poor kid and the teasing they got at school after this shinanagin.
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