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Lolly Jean
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01:52 AM on 06/07/2012
This day is special to ALL kids and their parents. You should be respectful of that. If you're yelling and screaming for your child, it's drowning out the name of the next graduate's name being called, whose parents are waiting to hear their own child's name. But they don't get to hear that because you are being obnoxious.

That's the point of being asked to be quiet.
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mendelcrosses
08:06 AM on 06/07/2012
Then the college should make provisions for that ,say let go a gap inbetween the names - time for famillies to express themselves. In England thats how it works,a momentary gap inbetween names as the hall applauds EVERY NAME.Yes,even those whose families arent in attendance
03:57 PM on 06/07/2012
A momentary gap is one thing. At my high school graduation, as an example, there were at least 6 families that shouted and cheered for 3 minutes, while the rest of the auditorium looked at their watches and waited for them to shut up. Granted, there were only 52 of us graduating so it wasn't a huge deal (just a huge annoyance and headache), but some schools have hundreds of students. Show some class and celebrate afterwards
01:51 AM on 06/07/2012
Thank goodness at my sons graduation in 09 that other families and friends cheered and yelled for him. I had my whole family on filming detail and cameras LOL I still regret not yelling. Hell we didnt even clap because of that darn equipment. My son shrugged and didnt care one bit. Anyways. Another waist of an arrest and tax payers money. And when I saw she was black, uh huh. DGIFU My husband is black.
04:00 AM on 06/08/2012
I hope your "sons [sic]" spelling and grammar is better than yours. If not cheering was not in order; instead some remedial English classes were indicated.
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Lady Cham
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01:47 AM on 06/07/2012
At my graduation, our class was over 400 kids. Our names flashed across the overhead scoreboard at UNR as we walked across so even if you didn't hear the name, you could still read who was walking across the stage.

Let's be honest, folks. If it wasn't for our loved one graduating, we wouldn't even be there. To sit through 400+ names of kids who for the most part don't mean anything to you is tedious. Cheering for the one you do doesn't seem to much of an inconvenience.

Maybe smaller classes and extra high schools would be an improvement in all aspects...
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Numskll
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08:09 AM on 06/07/2012
The issue is the kids that come after whose families don't hear the names called because of distruption. It is their graduation too. This is just one final act of bullying to those kids.
01:27 AM on 06/07/2012
Well, she didn't get things HER way and paid a hefty price and because she didn't respect the preference of the students to have it THEIR way, the ceremony was spoiled for everyone. Way to go, mom, nice role model. And otherwise thoughtful individuals are wasting time pondering the justice of the situation. Hm. Whose "rights" come first here? Nobody has wondered, as I do, why the students made this request in the first place? Could it be...? Oh, probably not...
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Nuttinbutdatruf
01:16 AM on 06/07/2012
My child graduated from college this year and I learned one thing. Despite being asked to "hold all applause until the end," people of all ages and races cheered when their child's name was called. Black, white, Hispanic, Asian..... youngsters, grandparents... you name it!!! They cheered at the top of their lungs. Maybe, administrators should just let it be!
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katter47
04:26 AM on 06/07/2012
I agree the request to hold all applause to the end never works. The problem remains that excessive loud cheering, often accompanied with noise makers, drowns the next student's names. They have a right for their moment in the spotlight too.
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Numskll
I am not a blanket for a chair
08:10 AM on 06/07/2012
exactly that. I'm sure if the parents had cheer and clapped a bit this would not have been an issue
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Nuttinbutdatruf
11:07 AM on 06/07/2012
Believe it or not, everyone's name was heard at my child's graduation. The cheering was loud, but brief..... thank goodness! For the record, I did NOT cheer and my child was miffed with me for not doing so. LOL!!
12:47 AM on 06/07/2012
Celebrate till your heart's content AFTER the ceremony is over, but show a little respect for those around you during the ceremony. No one wants to hear 5 minutes of a family hollering over one person. Most people who have had their family act this way have been truly embarrassed. It is rude and obnoxious, and I'd love to see all families that act this way escorted out of the event.
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Kym Lewis
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12:26 AM on 06/07/2012
Graduation is not church.
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12:24 AM on 06/07/2012
It is clear that all she taught her daughter was to be disrespectful and to ignore rules. THANK GOD her daughter has not followed in her footsteps.
03:25 AM on 06/07/2012
kaint gets anie dummer
05:49 PM on 06/08/2012
We don't know yet, whether the daughter will follow in her mother's footsteps, but time will tell.
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12:14 AM on 06/07/2012
While I think arresting Ms. Cooper was harsh (unless she put up a fight and caused a real disturbance upon her escort out of the auditorium) the screaming, whooping and horn blowing masses have turned graduation into a sport instead of the dignified ceremony it is suppose to be. The last straw for me was the family sitting directly behind me that kept blowing a fog horn, yes a fog horn, for multiple family and friends. By the time my child's name was called I had a raging migraine. I left graduation in search of ibuprofen and a quiet place.
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katter47
04:27 AM on 06/07/2012
Your story is an all too common one these days.
WhatevaCleva
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11:56 PM on 06/06/2012
I agree she should have respected what was asked but I am laughing at all of you who are trying to play morality cops here...Like you have done everything by the rule book...Please! Nice try but 3/4 of you commenting on this woman probably had one of your comments pulled by HP because you didn't follow their rules. When you are at a ball game, have any of you chastised the man who didn't remove his hat during the National Anthem or did you shake your finger at the group that cheered at the end of the National Anthem (that's a no-no too)...
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katter47
04:29 AM on 06/07/2012
There is a significant difference between the examples you mentioned and family member who disrupts the ceremony for the students (and their family) whose names are called next and who refuses to shut up even after being asked to do so. Not to mention disrespecting the wishes of the student's being honored.
WhatevaCleva
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06:07 PM on 06/07/2012
No there isn't that is your opinion...I find all the above disrespectful...One who disrupts the National Anthem by not showing the US respect is not honoring this country just like she did not respect the other families...If I want to honor my country you and no one else should disrupt the National Anthem with a "Woo Hoo! either or not removing the hat...Nice try though
11:56 PM on 06/06/2012
Ms. Cooper,

I know you proud of your baby...and they may be your first child to graduate, might be the first in the family....but act better than nfl rookies in the end zone.....ACT LIKE YOU BEEN THERE BEFORE.
03:50 AM on 06/07/2012
Aren't you being presumptuous to assume that she is the first to graduate? What makes you think that? Do you know these people?
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bdunlap52
06:23 AM on 06/07/2012
It's very possible that anyone who graduates could be the first in their family to do so.
07:12 PM on 06/07/2012
I said "may" and "might be"...because I would not presume...I didn't say "i know".
11:40 PM on 06/06/2012
Each January doing the Presidents State of the Union Address Presidential Cabinet Members, Members from the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Senators, Congress Persons, and Visitors in the Gallery Cheer and Applaude the President of the United States of America without being arrested. Then, Why should this lady be arrested for going the same thing at her Daughter Graduation. There was no reason to ruin this Family and this Child Special Day to see her mother put in handcuffs and arrested for expressing happiness for her child. We have no idea or knowledge what this Mother and Daughter sacrificed for 12 long years, for this child to reach this milestone. Think about how many that did not make it to Graduate. Think about the Parents with tears in there eyes instead of a smile like this lady had on her face for her daughter achievement. South Carolina, once again you were wrong.
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BowlingForRevenge
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12:23 AM on 06/07/2012
They also get to shout out insults and call him a liar and still are not arrested!

I haven't been to a high school or college graduation yet that "Save your applause till the end" wasn't the last word out of the Principal or Presidents mouth before the graduates names were called.
Subsequently I haven't been to a graduation yet that some parents aren't going nuts screaming.
At my sons college graduation parents and friends went crazy as their child's name was called but the diploma line didn't miss a beat and kept it running.
Wait in line,name called , hand diploma,(croud goes wild) shake hands, pose for picture, shake faculties hands, back to seat.

I think you've got somesmall minded bigots that want to make a high school graduation about them and not about the students who likely wouldn't be there without the support of their proud family members.

I hope the mom sues their a$$es!
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bdunlap52
06:24 AM on 06/07/2012
The STUDENTS voted for the holding of applause.
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peegan
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12:40 AM on 06/07/2012
This is a ceremony where EVERY child has a right to their moment and EVERY parent has a right to hear their child's name called out.That just can not happen when people are whooping and hollering. The senior class (that's right, the students) voted for the audience to hold their applause till the end. If this child's special day was ruined, it was by a mother who could not or would not follow rules that the majority had agreed to. Fine example to set for your child.
03:54 AM on 06/07/2012
That's not the issue here. The issue I see is that this woman was deprived of her liberty for something that is not illegal. There was a time in this country when taking a person's liberty away from them was a big deal. Today, we lock people up for the most ridiculous reasons. To fine this woman 225 beans and lock her up for several hours was excessive and that is the real disgrace here. I'm certain that if she were part of the "connected" class within the school district, she would have received a pass.
04:53 PM on 06/10/2012
You totally disregarded the logic presented. Was the Congressman from South Carolina arrested and handcuffed when he yelled from the floor of the Senate doing the Presidents States of the Union Message, and disrespected him, this country, the legslative body, and every american citizen by calling the President a liar on national television in front of the nation and world. But, you agree to arrest a cheering Mother who is watching her Daughter achieve one of the highest honors of her young life. Maybe the daughter is doing something the mother did not do when she was her age. Who said that rule was the correct rule? It has been proven that it was an incorrect rule, and rules can be changed and/or waived?
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11:31 PM on 06/06/2012
They always request that parents hold their applause until an appropriate time so that OTHER parents can hear their children's names called. Yet there are ALWAYS a large number of disrespectful loudmouths who don't have the self discipline to wait and cause a ruckus, ruining things for others - and embarrassing their children.

Perhaps she shouldn't have been arrested, but gosh darn, where is the respectful attitude that the occasion of a graduation deserves?
11:31 PM on 06/06/2012
I love Sharon Forbes Blackman's idea that people stand to honor graduates makes much more sense than all the cheering that seems to take place at many graduations.

Since the graduating seniors requested no cheering, I think the families and friends should have kept quiet, as requested by the graduates. It's rude to make a lot of noise, because it drowns out the names of those who come next. When one of my sons graduated a few years ago, the friends and familes of a few other students were so loud and prolonged, that the names of many of the graduates could not be heard. Many parents were trying to make videos, and many remarked that the names of their sons and daughters could not be heard, as they were called. To add insult to injury, some of the guests were also jumping up and down, further disrupting what should be a someone solemn, yet happy, occasion.
11:17 PM on 06/06/2012
Do you think race might have been a factor?
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David Faisel
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12:53 AM on 06/07/2012
Yes, I am willing to bet three dollars that principal was white.
03:18 AM on 06/07/2012
yes, the principal is white... but what you fail to comprehend is, the principal didn't arrest Mrs. Cooper. the Police did. the principal didn't tell the cops to arrest the woman. they made that decision on their own free will. did he request any one who makes a scene be escorted out of the ceremony? yes... did he personally tell them to arrest the woman? no.