(FLORENCE, S.C.) — Police arrested the mother of an 18-year-old student on Saturday during her daughter’s graduation ceremony at South Florence High School.
Shannon Cooper told ABC news affiliate WDPE-TV she was escorted by police through the Florence Civic Center in full view of the crowd after cheering as her daughter walked across the stage to receive her diploma. Cooper is charged with disorderly conduct.
“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 Cooper.
Police declined comment on the arrest but said it was announced before the ceremony that anyone who screamed or cheered would be escorted out of the building.
Shannon Cooper says her daughter broke down crying after seeing her mother waiting in a police van outside the civic center.
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