School officials hope for no graduation arrests

ROCK HILL, SC (AP) - Officials at several South Carolina high schools hope to avoid a repeat of last year's graduation ceremonies, where eight people were arrested for cheering.

The Herald of Rock Hill reported that the superintendents of school districts in Rock Hill, Fort Mill, Clover and York met Thursday with police to discuss security for next month's ceremonies.

Winthrop University Campus Police Chief Frank Zebedis says officers hope no one will be arrested this year. But he says people who don't follow the rules will be escorted out of the ceremonies.

Rock Hill schools spokeswoman Elaine Baker says the superintendents have agreed on graduation rules, which will be sent to students.

Charges were dropped against the eight people arrested last year after they agreed to write letters of apology.