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COMMENTARY | An overly exuberant mother so proud of her child that she disregarded the rights of everyone else at her daughter's graduation got removed from the venue -- and rightfully so. The ensuing arrest was a little extreme, but the news that South Florence High School in Myrtle Beach, S.C., had the guts to enforce its anti-disruption policy for graduation is welcome news. Shannon Cooper and two others were arrested, according to MSNBC.
How many times have you been at a graduation or awards ceremony and couldn't hear your child's name called because someone like Cooper acted as if her daughter was the only one who mattered? Sure Cooper's daughter might have made the mother proud, but what about the hundreds of other kids graduating? Does Cooper think their accomplishments deserve to take backstage to her little princess' accomplishments?
For several years schools have grappled with egotistical parents oblivious to anyone but their own child at graduations. They've pleaded and warned parents, but the hooting and hollering set hasn't gotten the message. Disrupting their child's graduation by making them leave seems to be the only tack left. I'd have stopped the ceremony and shone spotlights on Cooper and the other noisemakers while announcing graduation would continue once the disruptive guests were removed.
What is disheartening is even after her arrest, Cooper doesn't seem to understand why her behavior was disrespectful to others. She had the nerve to complain to WPDE that her graduation plans with her daughter had to be postponed because of her arrest. Like mother, like daughter, the newly graduated Iesha also seems clueless.
"Yesterday can't be replaced," she complained to WPDE.
Yes, Shannon and Iesha, that is the point. Just turn it 180 degrees. All those other people whose graduation was disrupted by Shannon's inconsiderate behavior can't get a redo. They missed out on their children's moment to shine because of you.
You and the others like you who don't seem to understand how to behave in public. Got it? Even more so, I hope any parents akin to Cooper in my community take a lesson from what happened to her before my two kids' graduations next week.