June 11, 2008

I promise, I had nothing to do with this. Not that I disapprove, of course.

Via Mr. Spud Buddy Marc Velazquez, this: 7 Arrested for Cheering at High School Graduations

COLUMBIA, S.C. When school officials in Rock Hill, South Carolina, tell graduation ceremony crowds to hold their applause until the end, they mean it Police arrested seven people after they were accused of loud cheering during the ceremonies.

Six people at Fort Mill High School's graduation were charged Saturday and a seventh at the graduation for York Comprehensive High School was charged Friday with disorderly conduct, authorities said. Police said the seven yelled after students' names were called.

"I just thought they were going to escort me out," Jonathan Orr told The Herald of Rock Hill. "I had no idea they were going to put andcuffs [sic] on me and take me to jail."

Well, just what DO you think happens to hardened criminals when they break the law, Junior!? THEY DO HARD TIME, THAT'S WHAT!!

And no, I don't know what 'andcuffs' are, although I imagine they're probably something the grammar police use when someone uses conjunctions poorly.

Orr, 21, spent two hours in jail after he was arrested when he yelled for his cousin at York's commencement at the Winthrop University Coliseum.

Rock Hill police began patrolling commencements several years ago at the request of school districts who complained of increasing disruption. Those attending graduations are told they can be prosecuted for bad behavior and letters are sent home with students, said Rock Hill police spokesman Lt. Jerry Waldrop.

All the cases, except for one that includes a resisting arrest charge, will be handled in city court and are punishable by a maximum of 30 days in jail and a $1,000 fine.

That's all!? WHY, back in my day, they'd throw you under the jail, and make you pay a billion dollars, and you'd have to be chained to a post and break rocks for 100 years!! No wonder this has grown into such a large problem. Complete breakdown of law and order, obviously. Obviously, it's time to start having the event recorded with no students or family present, and a copy sent home with each student so they can enjoy it in the privacy of their own home. Unless they start making too much noise there, too, in which case we can send the SWAT team out to quiet 'em down a bit.

Orr said he thinks people should be allowed to cheer.

"For some people, it might be the only member of their family to graduate high school, and it was like a funeral in there," Orr said.

They have diplomas at funerals? I THINK NOT!

William Massey, 19, was arrested but said he plans to fight the charge. He said he simply "clapped and gave a little whoop" when his fiancee's name was called. Massey said there were warnings before the ceremony but none that said he could be arrested.

He said not everyone who cheered was arrested.

"There's a lot more people that did it than six or seven," said Massey, who graduated from Fort Mill last year.

Oh, and I suppose if everyone was jumping off a bridge you'd go do that too, eh? This is just the way that crack dealers and hookers and used car salesmen and politicians get started, you know. Be glad the intervention of John Law has given you the wake-up call you so desperately needed. Of course, not so glad that you'll applaud or shout or anything like that.

Fort Mill Principal Dee Christopher says school officials don't ask that offenders be arrested but that he plans to keep a police presence at future graduation ceremonies.

"We think it's important for every graduate's name to be heard and for every person in the arena to be able to see that student cross the stage. ... That's why we have disruptive guests removed," he said.

Last year in Galesburg, Illinois, five students were denied diplomas from the city's lone public high school after enthusiastic friends or family members cheered for them during commencement. Students could get their diplomas after completing eight hours of public service for the school district.

In seriousness, I believe the world is a fair place, and small people who seem to get satisfaction from screwing around with everyone else will get their due.

As for me, my thoughts are the same as what I posted below--I don't think it's necessary to scream and whoop, especially if what you're screaming is just stupid, but really, arresting someone is a bit much.

ANYway, Marc says hey to you all and that I need to post something once a week, just to let everyone mingle and comment and stuff. Well, it would be nice, but since this blog has been closed up and retired for nigh onto a year now, it just wouldn't do to come out and post something anymore. Nope--just have to quit cold-turkey, as I already have done, and not post anything at all. Not even a humorous news story.

Not even to talk about the mundane things such as how hot it's been here the past two days, and the fact that Rebecca went and got herself a summer job at the vet's office down at the foot of the hill from where we live (and where we take our animals, thus securing us the coveted employee discount), and how very, very busy I've been at work, and junk like that. None of that anymore, alas.

So, anyway, until the next time I don't have anything to say...

Posted by Terry Oglesby at June 11, 2008 09:47 AM

Your nothing to say speaks volumes.

Posted by: skinnydan at June 11, 2008 09:56 AM

It's a shame that the posts you're not writing cannot be accompanied by music as you read them. For this one I'm thinking Pink Floyd's The Wall: "If I had my waaay, they'd all be SHOT!" I actually sat through the whole movie a few months ago. It was two hours of my life I'll never get back.
[I still haven't figured out the meat and pudding eating thing. STAND STILL LADDIE!]

It's interesting how Principal Dee says "We did not ask them to arrest people" but you know darn well they told them "Ya gotta do somethin' about them rednecks and lowlifes* messin' up my graduation ceremony".
(* "Lowlifes" is a term used to include those causing trouble yet could not be categorized into the "redneck" group. There may be example of rednecks who are also lowlifes, but I'm not familiar with any at this particular juncture.)

Posted by: Marc V at June 11, 2008 10:11 AM

And just think, Skinnydan--my volume goes to 11!

As for rednecks and such, there is a distinction of types, as I've discussed before. It probably is best not to annoy any of them.

Posted by: Terry Oglesby at June 11, 2008 12:30 PM

"If'n it ain't agin the law it's needing to be. Heck we charge people w/felonies for less than what these critters done did."

Sarcasm off...

BTW good ol home of the USA, Washington D.C. is now putting up radblocks and making mandatory ID and need to go in the area checks. Mr. Reagan saying "Tear Down that Wall' seems slightly ironic...

Posted by: Chef Tony at June 11, 2008 07:02 PM

Well, it's For The Children(tm).

Posted by: Terry Oglesby at June 11, 2008 09:36 PM

Andcuffs are used in Merrie Olde England for subduing ardened criminools.

Posted by: skillzy at June 12, 2008 10:37 AM

Orrid. Just orrid.

Posted by: Terry Oglesby at June 12, 2008 09:45 PM

Dang, dude.

I've missed you!


Posted by: sulizano at June 16, 2008 09:21 PM

The sentiment is entirely reciprocal, m'dear! I hope all is well in your world.

Posted by: Terry Oglesby at June 16, 2008 09:32 PM