Cheers lead to arrests

June 16, 2008
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Graduation season is wrapping up this month but not without a few arrests. Police near Columbia, S.C., arrested and charged six people with disorderly conduct for cheering after a student’s name was called during a high school graduation.

Rock Hill school officials warned students and audience members to hold their applause until the end of commencement, a common request at large functions in order to speed along the process. However, those caught violating the request were removed from the ceremony and arrested. All the cases will be handled in city court and are punishable by a maximum 30 days in jail and a $1,000 fine.



 Rock Hill has a population of around 64,000 people, so it’s not like this is some small town looking to give the police and city court judges something to do. I wonder what kind of sentence the judge will hand down for cheering at a graduation. It would make more sense to fill the jails with serious offenders instead of loud audience members, wouldn’t it?.
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