Mother arrested for cheering at her daughter’s graduation ceremony


Humiliation: Shannon Cooper cheered as her daughter walked across the stage to get her diploma from South Florence High School Saturday night, but just minutes later, she was handcuffed and arrested

Daily Mail | Jun 5, 2012

By Paul Thompson

A mother has claimed she was arrested at her daughter’s graduation – for cheering too loudly.

Shannon Cooper was handcuffed and escorted out of the arena where she had been watching her daughter Iesha receive her High School diploma.

She said she was left humiliated after being taken out and put in the back of a police van.

The arrest she said ruined what was supposed to be on of the happiest days of her life.

Her daughter didn’t realise her mother had been arrested until friends told her.

‘They’re locking your momma up for cheering — and I was like that isn’t right because other people was cheering and they didn’t lock them up,’ Iesha told WWAY TV.

Cooper said she wasn’t cheering any louder than other parents during the ceremony for graduates from Florence High School in Florence, South Carolina.

She said she was arrested after her 18-year-old daughter walked across the stage to collect her diploma.

Officials said police had warned parents prior to the ceremony that screaming would result in them being removed from the Florence Civic Centre.

Cooper said she was handcuffed and placed in a police van before being transferred to a detention centre.

She was held for several hours before being released on a bond of $225.

Cooper said: ‘Humiliation. I don’t even think humiliation could describe how I felt. You know, because I feel from just my feelings and then looking at my daughter how she felt.

‘I could take you know you know if I did something ,but like I said, yes they said you’ll be escorted out no problem. I’ll be escorted out. I’ll go nicely because I’m gonna cheer. It was hard work. I went through so much to get her to this point you know,’ explained Shannon.

She added: ‘I didn’t do any more than the others did. Which I feel like no one should have went to jail.’

Iesha said she was devastated to see her mother arrested at the milestone event in her life.

‘That’s all I can picture, me crying, looking at the police van knowing my mother is in there,’ said Iesha.

Cooper said her arrest meant the graduation plans for her daughter had to be postponed.

Police refused to comment about the case, but said the people who got disorderly when they were escorted out of the civic center were arrested

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