A school in South Carolina issued a strange warning to families about cheering at the graduation ceremony.
Greenville News reports that students were shown a slide at a school assembly which said the following:
“Since graduation is a dignified and solemn occasion, graduating seniors and their guests should behave appropriately. Please ask your guests not to call out, cheer, whistle, or applaud during the reading of names and presentation of diplomas.
The citation for family members yelling out is $1,030.”
However, district officials say that they don’t expect anyone to actually get fined. They just wanted to remind students that the graduation is under the police department’s control. Cops are therefore allowed to cite or fine people who disrupt the event.
Greenville police Sgt. Johnathan Bragg said that police won’t be citing family members who cheer:
“Screaming somebody’s name or congratulating them, that’s not a police matter. We would only get involved when it’s actually a criminal matter. As far as charging someone for yelling, we have not done that.”
Of course, if someone starts screaming obscenities… that’s a different story.