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Thread: South Carolina Woman Arrested For Cheering Too Loudly at Daughter's Graduation

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    pepsicolaisgreat

    Default South Carolina Woman Arrested For Cheering Too Loudly at Daughter's Graduation

    I heard this on the news today. A south Carolina woman was arrested for Cheering too loudly at her daughters graduation.

    This ain't no free country. No matter how much were told that it is.

    This is just too rediculous. They could have just escorted her out of the building not arrested her. I think arresting her and putting her in jail is a bit extreme.

    http://www.wbtv.com/story/18718070/s...-at-graduation
    Last edited by HogansHeroes; 11-Jun-2012 at 02:01. Reason: direct urls, please.

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    Well although I don't know all the facts the woman did say that everyone in the audience wasn't supposed to cheer. Something along those lines. Apparently it also happened to a few other parents. I think it's just an overreaction of the school to have such measures in place. Maybe the school didn't want parents to get too excited and drown out the announcer or something, but regardless it was an overreaction and her having to pay a fine was totally unnecessary.

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    At my school they didn't want people to cheer because it slowed things waaay down. With 200 or so students to go through, it was going to take a looong time anyway! But if people cheered at every name, then the announcers would have to wait a minute or more each time for it to die down before they could announce the next name or else you wouldn't be able hear it! This makes it take forever to get through the list. They compromised by telling everyone they could cheer for the whole class at end. Of course, some did it anyway, and really frustrated some of those who followed the rules.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pepsicolaisgreat View Post
    I heard this on the news today. A south Carolina woman was arrested for Cheering too loudly at her daughters graduation.

    This ain't no free country. No matter how much were told that it is.

    This is just too rediculous. They could have just escorted her out of the building not arrested her. I think arresting her and putting her in jail is a bit extreme.

    http://www.wbtv.com/story/18718070/s...-at-graduation
    Just like adisc, a school isn't exactly a public place and there's no gaurentee of freedom of speech. that said I assume they were told not to cheer, she cheered. Arresting and a fine is going over the line, escorting/kicking her out wouldn't of been.
    Last edited by HogansHeroes; 11-Jun-2012 at 02:02. Reason: editing quote to match edited OP

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    Quote Originally Posted by BabyJessi View Post
    With 200 or so students to go through, it was going to take a looong time anyway!

    200 is nothing, my class has well over 400, each person gets their name called. Now that will take a long time

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fire2box View Post
    Just like adisc, a school isn't exactly a public place and there's no gaurentee of freedom of speech. that said I assume they were told not to cheer, she cheered. Arresting and a fine is going over the line, escorting/kicking her out wouldn't of been.
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    1. You'd probably feel different if your child followed hers and you wanted to hear your child's name announced but couldn't because this clueless clown was acting out.

    2. You'd feel different if everyone did it and 45 minutes out in the hot sun (or in a stuffy gym...) turned into 2 hours.

    I'm guessing there was more to it than just a simple woo-hoo, and that the arrest resulted not from the cheering, but some physical interaction with police as she was escorted out. Its rare you get the real story from a 30 second news bit.

    IMHO, if high school was such a challenge that graduation calls for raucous cheering, you can take your shades off when viewing your future.

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    The article isn't loading here so I can't see the details, but...

    If a school is a private place, no one inside can disturb the public. And if they disturb the private attendees, then the school can simply ask them to leave.

    So what business is it of the police (unless the woman indicated that she would continue to interrupt proceedings and refuse to leave or became violent)?

    Who called the police anyway?! "Hello, emergency services?" / "Yes. I'd like the police, please. Someone just made a noise with their mouth! Can you believe it? You'd better come right away. She came fully equipped to commit crime, with two large hands, which no doubt she intends to slap together in some kind of subversive act that could spread through the audience like wildfire.". And regardless of who called the police, why did they not say, "It's not illegal to make a noise at a private event. But we can arrest you for wasting police time..."

    If I have a game of hide-and-seek at my house, and tell everyone to go and hide in silence... If someone then jumps out and says "Boo!", would I (in America) reaaaallllly have the right to phone the police and have them arrested? What should I ask that they be charged with?! Is talking when you shouldn't a crime? Is disobeying the orders of a guest?

    As I said, I haven't been able to read the whole story, but it makes it sound like America is some kind of police state. I hope there's more to the story than arresting some for saying "hurrah!".

    Sometimes I just can't work out if I'm really crazy, or whether it's the rest of the world that has gone nuts... *sigh*

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    Quote Originally Posted by tiny View Post
    So what business is it of the police (unless the woman indicated that she would continue to interrupt proceedings and refuse to leave or became violent)?
    In public high schools, there is generally a police presence on a daily basis, at the very least a "liaison officer" to deal with normal goings on: truancy, drugs, scuffles, etc. That keeps teachers and school staff out of the potential liability that could result from physical confrontations with students.

    For large events, like sports or graduation, there are generally more police on hand to keep order. Its hardly a "police state", its just how things are done. Back in my day, these sorts of things were handled by the dean of students, who was generally something of a badass. That reflects more on the attitudes of some parents than it does on the authorities. There are too many parents who think the feces of their offspring give off no aroma, and are quick to back that up with legal action.

    Private schools are a little different, but even then, it would not be unusual to enlist local police for security purposes at large events.

    In this case, if we had video replay of the entire incident, I bet we'd find a mom with a tiny brain, a big mouth, and a bad attitude towards authority.

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    pepsicolaisgreat

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    Quote Originally Posted by Maxx View Post
    In this case, if we had video replay of the entire incident, I bet we'd find a mom with a tiny brain, a big mouth, and a bad attitude towards authority.
    I agree now thinking more into it. There has to be more to this story than what was told.

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