Wait... not so fast!
In some areas it has apparently become not only frowned upon to cheer loudly and proudly for Junior or Junior-ette at graduation - it is an actual crime!
In Florence, South Carolina, mother Shannon Cooper was arrested for disorderly conduct because she cheered at her daughter's graduation ceremony. Parents had been warned by school officials that they would be thrown out of the ceremony being held at Florence Civic Center if they cheered for the graduates. Cooper did it anyway. In a news interview she stated, "I got up and I said 'yay my baby made it! Yes!' Just a regular cheer."
Police didn't see it that way. Cooper was put in handcuffs and led outside to a waiting police van. She says she was then kept in jail for several hours until she could pay the $225 fine.
In Ohio, it's not the parents that pay for being over-enthusiastic but the high school graduate himself. Thanks to his family's exuberance, Anthony Cornist did not receive his diploma upon graduating from Mt. Healthy Senior High School. Instead he received a letter from the principal stating that due to the "excessive cheering during the ceremony" they would require 20 hours of community service (to be completed by Anthony, or to be split between Anthony and the offending family members) before he could receive his diploma.
Really? Is this what it's come to? Parents are no longer allowed to cheer and celebrate as their offspring finally cross that stage. They can be arrested, or sentenced to community service for letting the world know how excited they are to see this day finally come. Anyone who has raised a child knows how much joy and pride wells up inside you as that child finally passes that milestone of life called High School Graduation. It's a shame that schools feel obliged to punish them, or the student, for demonstrating those feelings.
Sure, sometimes it's a little over the top. It can be loud. It can be raucous. But if after 17 or 18 years of sleepless nights, worry, and who knows how many dollars - can't a parent can't embarrass their child a little bit? I think it's an earned right!
Despite what this blogger views as over reactions by school officials to some well intentioned, joyous displays of pride and excitement, perhaps those parents and students are still the fortunate ones. At least those parents were able to hear their son or daughter's name called, and see them walk across the stage. In Haywood County, North Carolina, some parents didn't get that experience.
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So, the next time you attend a graduation (if you are lucky enough to get inside and be given a seat) - remember to sit quietly, with your hands in your lap. And maybe, just maybe, the school will allow a nice polite golf clap at the end of the ceremony.
Otherwise, you might be facing some jail time, or the very least community service.