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SC mom arrested for cheering too loudly at graduation

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Shannon Cooper talks about her arrest. (Source: WPDE/CNN) Shannon Cooper talks about her arrest. (Source: WPDE/CNN)

FLORENCE, SC (CNN) - A South Carolina mother overjoyed that her daughter made it through high school ended up in handcuffs over the weekend.

She was arrested for cheering too loudly during the graduation. The mother says her daughter deserved the encouragement. But-police say parents were warned.

"I got up and I said 'yay my baby made it," said Shannon Cooper. "Yes!' Just a regular cheer."

Those few words landed cooper in handcuffs. Police charged her with disorderly conduct at her daughter, Iesha's, graduation at the Florence Civic Center.

Parents were warned not to cheer for the graduates or they would be thrown out. When Iesha walked across the stage to get her diploma, Shannon did it anyway.

"'Don't scream, don't cheer.' No, I'm thinking in my mind," said Cooper. "No, I'mma cheer because, you know, I went through too much to get her to this point. I can't show my excitement? I can't cheer? I can't applaud her letting her know yes, I'm so proud of you, like all the other years when people graduate. How can I not cheer for my child?"

Cooper said the officers took her to a police van outside the Civic Center and she sat there for 45 minutes.

Iesha came outside and saw her mother inside that van.

"That's all I can picture, me crying, looking at the police van knowing my momma in there," said Cooper. "I couldn't talk to her or nothing. Nothing at all. Just look from in the van in handcuffs for cheering."

Cooper says she stayed in jail for several hours before paying $225 to get out.

She and her daughter say graduation day is a bad memory.

"Yesterday can't be replaced," said Cooper. "I'm a remember. She gonna remember for the rest of her life. My mama went to jail on my graduation day."

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