An administrator at Greenville High School in South Carolina has apparently told students and their parents not to cheer at graduation or they could be fined $1,030. During a recent school assembly, a slide show noted that seniors should ask their guests to be on their best behavior during the ceremony.
What's that mean? No cheering, whistling, or applauding "during the reading of names and presentation of diplomas. You know - or get fined. They say it's "so every name can be heard." As for where the amount came from? Who knows. But the funniest part is that the school district is saying no citations will be issued.
Still, the school administrators are standing firm (allegedly). Either way, Sgt. Jonathan Bragg has noted that congratulating a grad or yelling their name is “not a police matter.” He clarifies that police “would only get involved when it’s actually a criminal matter. As far as charging someone for yelling, we have not done that.” The only time they’d actually get involved in the ceremony is for “disorderly conduct” like “yelling obscenities.”
Source: Greenville News