Did South Carolina proud Mom Shannon Cooper (pictured left) go too far with her loud overzealous antics as she watched her daughter, Iesha, (pictured below, left) walk across the stage to get her high school diploma? Well, police think so! In full view of the graduation ceremony attendees, Cooper was cuffed by officers for cheering on her daughter Saturday night, reports the New York Daily News.
Reportedly, before the South Florence High School graduation began, school officials warned the audience that anyone who cheered or screamed would be escorted out of the building. Police also allegedly made it clear that those individuals who did get escorted out of the building would be cuffed and charged with disorderly conduct.
Watch the graduation incident here:
Cooper, who says she was ecstatic at seeing her 18-year-old daughter receive her diploma, feels that the arrest is unfair. The miffed Mom told WPDE News Channel 15, “Are y’all serious? Are y’all for real? I mean, that’s what I’m thinking in my mind. I didn’t say anything. I was just like, OK, I can’t fight the law. I can’t argue with the police, but I’m like, Are you serious? I didn’t do any more than the others did. Which I feel like no one should have went to jail,” said Shannon.
Iesha, who didn’t know that anything was going on with her mom, found out about the arrest through friends, “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,” said Iesha.
Cooper says after she was escorted out of the building and held up in a van for 45 minutes. Afterward, she was transported to the Florence County Detention Center as daughter reportedly cried hysterically on graduation day.
After being booked at the detention center and held for several hours, a $225 bond was posted and Cooper was released.
What should have been one of the most joyous days of her life turned out to be a nightmare for Iesha. “Yesterday can’t be replaced. I’m gonna remember. She gonna remember for the rest of her life. My mama went to jail on my graduation day,” laments Iesha.
Luckily, Cooper and her graduate did wind up celebrating the momentous occasion with a family BBQ and cake later on.