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    SC - 7 Arrested For Cheering At High School Graduations

    COLUMBIA, S.C. When school officials in Rock Hill, South Carolina, tell graduation ceremony crowds to hold their applause until the end, they mean it Police arrested seven people after they were accused of loud cheering during the ceremonies.
    Six people at Fort Mill High School's graduation were charged Saturday and a seventh at the graduation for York Comprehensive High School was charged Friday with disorderly conduct, authorities said. Police said the seven yelled after students' names were called.
    "I just thought they were going to escort me out," Jonathan Orr told The Herald of Rock Hill. "I had no idea they were going to put andcuffs on me and take me to jail."
    Orr, 21, spent two hours in jail after he was arrested when he yelled for his cousin at York's commencement at the Winthrop University Coliseum.
    Rock Hill police began patrolling commencements several years ago at the request of school districts who complained of increasing disruption. Those attending graduations are told they can be prosecuted for bad behavior and letters are sent home with students, said Rock Hill police spokesman Lt. Jerry Waldrop.
    more: http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,365461,00.html

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    That is absurd and a waste of taxpayers money!!!!

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    Holy waste of taxpayers' money, Batman!

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    That is completely ridiculous and asinine! What a great graduation gift.
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    There's been a trend for families of graduates to cheer loudly, blow airhorns, whistle, stomp feet, basically to completely disrupt graduation ceremonies and make it impossible for other families to hear their graduate's name called. These people completely ruin the occasion for everyone else as they compete to be the loudest and most obnoxious. They are always warned ahead of time to be considerate of others, but they selfishly ignore the warnings. I'm glad consequences are being imposed.

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    i respectfully disagree folks. i am all for returning dignity to the ceremony!

    our local high school only requests that applause, whistles & cheers be with-held until each line has been presented diplomas. that is so that every graduate's name can be heard. there is a pause for audience reaction then another line of graduates are awarded & after all diplomas are given, there can be stupendous celebration.

    wouldn't you be upset if your graduate's name could not even be heard because some yayas were whooping because their kid's name was called just before? receiving diplomas is an accomplishment and should be a solemn part of the ceremony.

    that does not mean other parts of the service cannot be filled with merriment. it's all about respect for another individual. graduation represents moving from one phase of life to the next & i think it's a good time to put emphasis on how civilized society should behave.

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    Quote Originally Posted by noZme View Post
    i respectfully disagree folks. i am all for returning dignity to the ceremony!

    our local high school only requests that applause, whistles & cheers be with-held until each line has been presented diplomas. that is so that every graduate's name can be heard. there is a pause for audience reaction then another line of graduates are awarded & after all diplomas are given, there can be stupendous celebration.

    wouldn't you be upset if your graduate's name could not even be heard because some yayas were whooping because their kid's name was called just before? receiving diplomas is an accomplishment and should be a solemn part of the ceremony.

    that does not mean other parts of the service cannot be filled with merriment. it's all about respect for another individual. graduation represents moving from one phase of life to the next & i think it's a good time to put emphasis on how civilized society should behave.

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    I totally agree. Even at my daughter's college graduation a few weeks ago the people right behind me yelled so loud I nearly wet my pants. It just isn't necessary. It is really rude when one kid has a loud "cheering section" that goes on and on while the polite families grads are quiet. Then there is an element of competition that gets going that is really awful.

    I am very glad to hear that a school is cracking down.

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    Quote Originally Posted by KansasCutie View Post
    That is completely ridiculous and asinine! What a great graduation gift.
    Strictly to point KC ,ridiculous and asinine, I couldn't have said it better myself.

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    We get one of these stories every year at graduation! I would love more decorum at ceremonies, but think arrest is an extreme way to get there.

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    Alright, so enforce the rules and make the obnioxious ones leave. But arrest them? Come on.

    I'm graduating from college on Saturday. I'll be interested to see how they handle things there. Haven't heard anything so far about cheering not being allowed.


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    Quote Originally Posted by STEADFAST View Post
    There's been a trend for families of graduates to cheer loudly, blow airhorns, whistle, stomp feet, basically to completely disrupt graduation ceremonies and make it impossible for other families to hear their graduate's name called. These people completely ruin the occasion for everyone else as they compete to be the loudest and most obnoxious. They are always warned ahead of time to be considerate of others, but they selfishly ignore the warnings. I'm glad consequences are being imposed.
    I'm in total agreement with you, but I do believe family members being arrested was a bit harsh. I think being ask to leave the ceremonies would have been a more appropriate form of punishment for family & friends who refused to abide by the rules.

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    "I'm graduating from college on Saturday. I'll be interested to see how they handle things there. Haven't heard anything so far about cheering not being allowed."

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    Quote Originally Posted by tempusfugit View Post
    I'm in total agreement with you, but I do believe family members being arrested was a bit harsh. I think being ask to leave the ceremonies would have been a more appropriate form of punishment for family & friends who refused to abide by the rules.
    Being asked to leave wouldn't really be a punishment because the one they cheered for has already been awarded the diploma. I don't like the way some ruin it for those who want to hear their graduate's name called but miss it due to those rude people yelling and blowing air horns. I wish they would do something to restore the ceremony to the way it was a few years ago.

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    Let me tell you all something, my youngest graduates from high school Friday. I witnessed another graduation. One in which the parents and other guest acted like fools. They screamed throughout the entire ceremony. I never heard my oldest daughter's name announced and I was pizzed.

    Parents and students at my youngest daughter's HS received this Monday.

    Graduates are to wear dress clothes and dress shoes.
    No jeans, no shorts, no halter tops, no flipflops.

    Graduate's family and friends are to wear the same proper attire.
    Men--no ties-you will be turned away at the door.

    After entering the Convocation center, sit in your assigned seat.
    If you're found in someone else's seats, you'll stand.
    If you're found in a handicapped seat, you're out.

    This will be a graduation ceremony to honor the class of 2008.
    There will be no screaming or yelling. This is a graduation not a sporting event.

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    ITA that there should be some decorum at these types of ceremonies; however, placing someone under arrest for clapping loudly and saying his gf's name is OVER THE TOP.

    I mean, in jail for an hour? One of our (former) dumbass employees got pulled over for DUI and they didn't even put her in jail - they let her call and have a friend come drive her home. Which is worse???

    I think escorting them out is punishment enough. Maybe even banning them from future graduation ceremonies, which would be bad if they have other kids or friends there! As long as they were warned ahead of time.

    But jail is for criminals.

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