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Opening Arguments

Graduation blues

Bit of an overreaction, wouldn't you say?

FLORENCE, SC (WPDE/FOX) - A South Carolina mother believes she was unfairly singled out because police arrested her for cheering at her daughter's high school graduation.

Shannon Cooper let out a cheer for her daughter, Lesha, as she received her diploma from South Florence High School on Saturday night.

That's when police slapped on the cuffs and escorted her out of the Florence Civic Center.

"I was just like ok, I can't fight the law. I can't, you know, argue with the police, but I'm like, are you serious?" Cooper said. "I didn't do any more than the others did, which I feel like no one should have went to jail."

But the school did note that parents were warned against cheering before the ceremony began, so, on second thought, screw her.

I remember my graduation ceremony -- and I'm sure the vast majority are the same -- as a dreadfully solemn affair that was dull as hell. If they really want to punish this woman, they should make her sit through a dozen graduation ceremonies in a row. Talk about cruel and unusual.