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  • did nothing wrong. I condone her enthusiasm for her daughter's accomplishments.

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  • should have been removed from audience, fined perhaps, but not arrested.

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  • was treated properly. I support the arrest 100%.

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    Cheering Mom Arrested At Graduation - Right Or Wrong

    SC mom busted at kid's graduation: 'I cheered for my baby and I got the cuffs' - U.S. News <-- clicky

    Did the authorities act accordingly?
    Is this really an arrest-worthy offense?
    Was the mother out of line?
    Did she deserve to be arrested?

    Are you in favor of this kind of police action?
    Do you support the arrest of this mother?

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    Re: Cheering Mom Arrested At Graduation - Right Or Wrong

    Based on her description of the sequence of events, the arrest and charge sounds excessive but that relies on trusting her description is entirely accurate and honest. The official statement suggests otherwise (of course) and there is no independent commentary (which is something of a failure by the journalists).

    Given the information about the event her own description of how she reacted sounds inappropriate, though not necessarily worthy of arrest in the first instance. I'm inclined to believe there was more to it that we're not being told though.

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    Re: Cheering Mom Arrested At Graduation - Right Or Wrong

    I've little doubt the mother is downplaying her outburst.

    I've been to a graduation where family members in the audience have ruined the atmosphere with their outbursts and "cheering".

    I'm a little hesitant to think being arrested is appropriate, but a decent fine sounds perfectly acceptable.

    I could be swayed though. Some people carry things way too far.

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    Re: Cheering Mom Arrested At Graduation - Right Or Wrong

    Quote Originally Posted by HonestJoe View Post
    Given the information about the event her own description of how she reacted sounds inappropriate, though not necessarily worthy of arrest in the first instance. I'm inclined to believe there was more to it that we're not being told though.
    I agree, the arrest was probably over the top, but removing her from the auditorium probably wasn't. This is becoming more and more of an issue these days. We've got one student here in MA who is not getting his diploma because his "supporters" made a major scene when he was announced. He is now being forced to do 20 hours of community service before the school will give him his diploma.

    I graduated from high school 20 years ago. In fact my 20th reunion is at the end of July. I vividly remember the notice going out to students and parents, and being printed in the paper notifying attendees at the graduation ceremony that excessive noise or celebrations which restrict other's ability to hear names being announced would be grounds for removal from the event. Polite clapping and cheering was acceptable but anything more than that was not allowed. The only individual who had an issue was one of my classmates whe decided to make an ass out of himself immediately upon being handed his diploma.

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    Re: Cheering Mom Arrested At Graduation - Right Or Wrong

    Quote Originally Posted by Tigger View Post
    I agree, the arrest was probably over the top, but removing her from the auditorium probably wasn't. This is becoming more and more of an issue these days.
    Holy hell..... I agree with Tigger .......

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    Re: Cheering Mom Arrested At Graduation - Right Or Wrong

    Why are these simply cerimonial events held in large public places? Could it be so that they may be celebrated? If all you are allowed to do is snap a picture and clap your hands for a few seconds then why bother to go at all? For many people this is the end of the educational line for their child, that child's greatest educational achievement for life and truely believe it warrants more than a brief hand clap. There is also a cultural difference, not mentioned as of yet, about sitting quietly and listening, rather than a more active participation during a public presentation, such as political rally, church sermon or this graduation cerimony. Would this "woohooing" behavior lengthen the time between the names called? Probabaly, yet by cutting back on some of the boring speaches that all are forced to endure, more time could be allotted to what the crowd is truely came for, to celebrate the educational accomplishment of their children/relatives/friends as their name is proudly announced to all present.
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    Re: Cheering Mom Arrested At Graduation - Right Or Wrong

    Quote Originally Posted by Dragonfly View Post
    Evidently.

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    Is this really an arrest-worthy offense?
    Sure is.

    Quote Originally Posted by Dragonfly View Post
    Was the mother out of line?
    Knowing the type of person she appears to be, it was more then a simple yell, a lot more, so yes I would say she was likely out of line.

    Quote Originally Posted by Dragonfly View Post
    Did she deserve to be arrested?
    Yup, it happens.

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    Are you in favor of this kind of police action?
    I am.

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    Do you support the arrest of this mother?
    I do.

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    Re: Cheering Mom Arrested At Graduation - Right Or Wrong

    Quote Originally Posted by ttwtt78640 View Post
    Why are these simply cerimonial events held in large public places? Could it be so that they may be celebrated? If all you are allowed to do is snap a picture and clap your hands for a few seconds then why bother to go at all?
    That was an option. The nature of the event was made perfectly clear and the vast majority of the audience apparently content to follow. If this woman was either unwilling or psychologically incapable of having the little decorum and self-control to hold the whooping and hollering for a more suitable time and place, maybe she shouldn't have gone.

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    Re: Cheering Mom Arrested At Graduation - Right Or Wrong

    I believe this lady got what she deserved.

    I hate people who cheer excessively. I've been to many high school marching band shows and have wished the police would have arrested some of the parents in the stands. There is one local high school who's parents are really over the top. Here is an example of their actions. Now, keep in mind that this is the band's first performance. A first performance is typically quite bad. Later, they'll be better. But these parents act like this group was perfect. They were so loud, that they drowned out the musicians at times.

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    Re: Cheering Mom Arrested At Graduation - Right Or Wrong

    I went to 7 friggin' graduation ceremonies in the last few weeks. SEVEN. And let me tell you, there were tons of parents/families/friends there to support graduates, but who ended up being rude, inconsiderate, disorderly, and way too disruptive. At a Masters commencement at SMU, the family in front of us (probably 15-20 people) stood up and screamed, engaged those stupid foghorns, and popped confetti bombs....for probably 2 straight minutes....for one graduate. Meanwhile, the dean is still calling out names of other graduates; too bad we couldn't hear any of them.

    One person can scream and shout loud enough to be a rude disruption to a ceremony like this...it doesn't take a group of 15-20. It isn't courteous or necessary to act like a childish tool to show support for your graduating family member. Pride is fantastic, but respect is even better. If this lady was loud and disruptive enough to draw attention from the police (of the large number of attendees only she and two others were arrested) then she was probably loud and disruptive enough to cause others to miss the announcement of their graduate.
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