6 people arrested at South Carolina high school graduation

Every year it happens; graduation season happens and family and friends of graduates loose their minds. The article states that after these people caused disturbances, they were escorted out of the graduations where they then began to cause more trouble and were arrested.  As my blog brother afripino indicated that these people were not arrested for cheering to loud, but for their behavior after they were thrown out of the graduations.

Six Arrested for Cheering at South Carolina High School Graduation


13 Responses

  1. Arresting people for cheering is extreme and to have police escorting people out of a ceremony has to be more of a distraction than the cheering was in the first place. Man, I went to Suitland (’86). If they did that at our ceremony, they would be arresting over half of the audience. This is unjustifiable unless people were yelling out obscenities or something. What idiots!

  2. Hey man Suitland class of 93 here !!

    At our graduation. Dr. Ben Carson spoke ,and he stopped his speech to put some people in check because they were screaming out their family members name while he was speaking.

    I was so embaraased that Dr. Ben Carson, the first African American Pediatric Neurosurgereon came to speak at our school, and he had to stop his speech to tell people to stop being rude.

  3. Whasup fellow Ram! Love the blog! I can imagine that being a bit embarrasing. But that’s how you handle these situations. Imagine if Dr. Carson asked that the police be called, lol There are a million reasons to put people in the justice system. Being loud at a graduation just isn’t one of them.

  4. Wayne:

    Yeah I agree, in this case, the cops is over kill. I am sure that these police officers could have found something more important to do with their time.

  5. This is beginning to get a little ridiculous, not cheering at graduation– come on! Why doesn’t the city put better use of its time and resources into something worthwhile like better investigating larger more volatile crimes? There are already WAY too many people behind bars in this country for lesser offenses (US has highest % of its population behind bars) and now we are arresting people for cheering at a graduation? Give me a break. I don’t want my tax dollars going for that!

    And to all of you concerned about not hearing someone’s name called at one of the many ceremonies this graduation season–the school should better prepare the poor person reading the names to pause between cheers–this is expected. I also find it hard to believe that a city school/state auditorium does not have the means to acquire a PA system acceptable enough to clearly communicate these young people’s names to the audience. Something is seriously not right in this municipality.

    Here’s how it could have gone down, the principal had one of those good ole boys agreements with the mayor, and after years and years of skimming off the top, both were beginning to have a decent amount of cash stored up in the freezer. Every 4 years, the principal would use his voice in the community to get the mayor reelected, and the mayor would add an additional 30% to the schools annual budget for “building expenses”. Everything went along fine, and no one in the community knew any better to the whole scheme, until several students noticed the principal running out of a motel near the highway carrying only his boxer shorts and remaining articles of clothing in hand. “What are yooooou doing Principal” these students asked? Then, shortly after this incident the astute young high schoolers saw the mayor coming out of the same motel, looking for his “friend” the principal. Through these interesting series of events, the students knew exactly what had happened– the newly blossomed relationship between the mayor and principal hit a rocky patch that afternoon in the motel, and both of them had a lot of explaining to do. When the young students questioned both of these individuals about the circumstances surrounding these events, the principal was forced to go to the mayor, who then requested circa 1980’s sound equipment to be used at the upcoming graduation as well as a few other, “demands”. “Men”, the mayor began to explain to his police chief and other alleged officers, “there has been a serious lack in discipline at these graduations for sometime, and I am tired of getting complaints year after year. This year is going to be different, I have the names of several suspected individuals (the young high schoolers parents) who need to be taken out of the festivities, AND by the way, we want it real quiet in there, not a peep from anyone!” Next thing you know, this school is in the news because of a few “arrests” and no one is any wiser to what really happened behind the scenes—those poor kids aren’t going to say anything, and the poor people in attendance were so intimidated by the police presence that no one said a peep, and because of the circa 1980’s sound system no one could hear who actually graduated. What a bummer.

  6. When I graduated high school, they sent a letter home a month before the ceremony (they had problems with the constant shout-outs in previous years). My school didn’t threaten to call the police or throw people out. They did ask families to consider that this is a once in a lifetime event for their children, and that the ceremony was being recorded. Our class received DVD’s or tapes of the ceremony as gifts from the school.

    I remember my senior class was really adamant about not letting anyone mess up our special day. No one wanted their people to be the ones acting the fool on tape for all eternity. One of my friends told her family, “If you ruin my high school graduation, you won’t be coming to my college graduation, and you won’t be coming to my wedding.”

    We had no problems with our graduation because most of the class took the time to talk to their families about proper conduct.

  7. “each of the six were arrested after separate outbursts.”

    This is an example of how rumors get started and how things get blown out of proportion. Note that the quoted line above does not say that the six were arrested from cheering too loud. If you read the article, you will notice that there were two incidents. The first involved the loud cheering. Were they arrested? No, they were escorted from the facility. The second outbursts, apparently occurred outside of the facility. The second outbursts–not the first–triggered the arrest.

    When the plain text of the article is read with a little bit of common sense and logic, it is clear that the people were arrested for the second outburst.

    This is an example of why our voices often aren’t taken seriously. Everyone wants to jump on the complaint bandwagon, but not many take the time to read the full article and examine the context of the situation.

    Spreading misinformation among black folks is black-on-black crime. Please, folks, take time to examine what happened; don’t just jump on the “oooh, no they di’nt” bandwagon without analyzing and thinking about what happened.

  8. cheer for your kids, but retrain some class ppl. that was a problem for me when i graduated. no one heard my name for the ppl cheering on the person in front of me.

  9. Afripino:

    point taken, I should have read the article with more detail. You also stated:

    This is an example of why our voices often aren’t taken seriously

    Who doesn’t take us seriously? Can you clarify what you mean?

  10. “Who doesn’t take us seriously?”

    Quite often other blacks and non-blacks. For example, everyone will get up in arms and complain about a comment from a white person (e.g., “nappy-headed hos”), but will not say anything about black rappers who use words and descriptions that are 10 times worse to describe other blacks. These double standards and one-sided analyses of events work to diminish the credibility of black voices.

    Plus, I don’t know about you, but I’ve been to graduations where people in the audience act downright ignorant. Moreover, in those circumstances, I wish they had escorted them out and, if necessary, arrested them. Some folks act as if no standards of decency apply to them. For those of us who live by certain standards, are we supposed to just accept someone else’s nonsense?

  11. Okay I see where you are coming from. I don’t think that those examples alone contribute to “black voices” not being taken seriously. There are some people who feel that just because something is coming from a person of color that it is not valid.

    Your points are well taken. I know at my graduation when Dr. Ben Carson spoke, he had to call out some ignorant people who were screaming their family member’s name while he was speaking.

  12. Afripino wrote “When the plain text of the article is read with a little bit of common sense and logic, it is clear that the people were arrested for the second outburst,” and then went on to write “Please, folks, take time to examine what happened; don’t just jump on the “oooh, no they di’nt” bandwagon without analyzing and thinking about what happened.”

    Yet it is you who seems to be reading more into this article than what is actually written. The original article is poorly written thus it is NOT clear that there was a second outburst…. no matter how much “common sense” you apply. That is pure speculation on your part. You very well could be correct but your whole “spreading misinformation/black on black crime/our voices aren’t taken seriously” gripe is a bit dramatic and over the top considering how the “facts” were laid out. Save that argument for a case more worthy of such rhetoric.

    Native Son, not to be silly or petty (lol) but you should not have edited your original post in my opinion.

  13. Wayne: I did edit my post for that fact that the article was poorly written. I know Afripino and though we differ in approaches and opinions on issues; I do know that he just wants the correct info to get out especially when it comes to black people.

    Now I will say that the common sense statement was over the top (you know i have to disagree with you afripino lol) I think that he meant well.

    The reason why I asked Afripino to clarify his statement was because I believe that main stream media can also manipulate and put out one sided stories and they still are respected. And these people who don’t take black people seriously is not soley because of what we say, but more because of who we are. We are often marginalized based on the color of our skin regardless of what we say or write.

    But I am glad that you posted what you did because it adds to the debate

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