Posted by Media Outrage on June 6th, 2012
Shannon Cooper was arrested after cheering too loudly as they called her daughter’s name during a Myrtle Beach high school graduation ceremony:
A Myrtle Beach teen’s high school graduation on Saturday was ruined when her excited mom, Shannon Cooper, was arrested for cheering.
Although parents were reportedly warned that they would be asked to leave the auditorium where the ceremony was held if they applauded for individual students receiving their diplomas, Cooper disagreed with the policy. She toldWPDE NewsChannel 15 that she decided, “I’m going to cheer, because…I’ve gone through too much to get her to this point.” She added incredulously, “I can’t let her know ‘I’m so proud of you?’”
When her daughter Iesha crossed the stage, Cooper claims that, “I got up and I said: ‘Yay, my baby made it! Just a regular cheer.’” That’s when police handcuffed her, escorted her to a van outside of the venue, and charged her with disorderly conduct. After the ceremony, her daughter broke down in tears when she spotted her mom being held in the van. “Are ya’ll serious? Are ya’ll for real? I mean, that’s what I’m thinking in my mind,” says Cooper. “I didn’t say anything. I was just like okay, I can’t fight the law.” She challenges the validity of the disorderly conduct charge since she says she fully cooperated with police. She and her daughter also assert that others were cheering and avoided arrest.
Cooper was moved to a detention center where she spent several hours. Ultimately, she was able to post a $225 bond and return home. Iesha says what should have been the best day of her life turned into the worst. “Yesterday [graduation day] can’t be replaced,” says the teen. “I’m going to remember…she’s going to remember for the rest of her life. My mama went to jail on my graduation day.”
Mediaoutrage- If that ain’t some real bullsh!t we don’t know what is! How do you arrest someone’s parent during graduation for cheering for their child’s accomplishment? There must not be enough crime in Myrtle Beach. SMH. We hope she files a lawsuit.