Mom locked up for cheering at child's graduation
FLORENCE, SC (WPDE) - 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, Shannon was handcuffed and
"Are ya'll serious? Are ya'll 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.
Florence police charged Shannon with disorderly conduct.
said officers walked her across the Florence Civic Center, where the
graduation ceremony was being held, in full view of everyone, including
her daughter, Iesha Cooper, 18.
"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.
Her daughter, Iesha, said she didn't really know what was going on until friends told her her mother was being arrested.
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
Police said it was announced before the ceremony that anyone who cheered or screamed would be escorted out of the building.
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