You gotta be joking! On June 2, a mother was arrested at the commencement exercises for the Class of 2012 at South Florence High School in South Carolina. No, she was not armed with a gun or fighting anyone. She was C-W-B (Cheering While Black). Yes, Shannon Cooper was apparently handcuffed by police for cheering too loudly as her daughter walked across the stage.
Reportedly, the audience was warned by law enforcement not to excessively cheer for the students during the ceremony, but Ms. Cooper told the local news station, “Don’t scream? Don’t cheer? I’m thinking in my mind ‘No I’ma cheer because I went through too much to get her to this point.’ I can’t show my excitement? How can I not cheer for my child?”
Wow, what a memorable graduation for her daughter, huh? Her mother was placed in handcuffs, held for several hours and had to pay a $225 fine to be released. If this was the “law of the land” back in 1997, the entire audience at my high school graduation would have been in handcuffs and under siege.
I have attended a few graduations this year and noticed how they are being treated like, no offensive intended, services being held at a Catholic church. This is absurd. This is the classic “swallowing a camel and straining at a gnat” syndrome. What is the big deal? Why should people have to restrain their happiness when seeing their child accomplish something? It’s dumb to me, but maybe I could be wrong. What do you all think?