South Carolina mom jailed for applauding daughter’s graduation

Samantha Schnurr Contributor
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Moms of high school grads, sit on your hands: Your applause may land you in the slammer.

A South Carolina mom was arrested at her daughter’s graduation, the New York Daily News reported. after cheering loudly during the announcement of her daughter’s name Saturday.

Shannon Cooper and other attendees of the graduation were instructed not to cheer during the commencement. If they did, they were told, the punishment for their disorderly conduct would include an arrest and an escort to the detention center.

Like many other parents present, Cooper cheered anyway as her daughter, Iesha, was called to the stage.

“That isn’t right because other people was cheering and they didn’t lock them up,” Iesha told the Daily News.

“Yesterday can’t be replaced,” Iesha said. “My mama went to jail on my graduation day.”

In an unrelated case, Ohio student Anthony Cornist was refused his diploma after his family cheered for him at his graduation ceremony. His school also demanded that he complete 20 hours of community service to receive his sheepskin.

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