June 11, 2008, - 4:39 pm

Your Tax Dollars @ Work: Speech Nazis’ Zero Tolerance

By Debbie Schlussel
In this case, the arrests are over speech, but not over content. In any event, it’s yet another absurd infringement on what you can and can’t say and express in America:

Seven people were arrested for cheering at high school graduations over the weekend, according to police reports.
One man was arrested at the York Comprehensive High School commencement ceremony Friday morning at the Winthrop Coliseum, and six more arrests were made Saturday during Fort Mill High’s graduation, also at the Coliseum, according to Rock Hill Police reports.
School district officials in both cases asked Rock Hill Police to monitor the graduation ceremonies and arrest anyone disrupting the ceremonies, according to reports. Attendees were warned verbally and in writing that loud celebrations were strictly prohibited, the reports state.


In each instance, the suspects cheered for a specific graduate when his or her names was called. After their outburst, the suspects were taken into police custody and charged with public disorderly conduct. One man pulled away from an officer during the arrest and also was charged with resisting police.
“I just thought they were going to escort me out,” said Jonathan Orr, 21, who cheered for his cousin Montel Orr at York’s ceremony. “I had no idea they were going to put handcuffs on me and take me to jail.”
Orr said he sat in a jail cell for almost two hours until his sister could come pay $255 to bail him out. Orr said he disagrees with the no cheering policy.
“For some people, it might be the only member of their family to graduate high school,” he said, “and it was like a funeral in there.”

America Home of the [insert word other than “Free” here–perhaps, “Phree,” my word for phony freedom] and the Brave.

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7 Responses

I don’t know enough of the facts to decide if this is a case of suppressing legitimate “speech” or enforcing a modicum of public decorum. We’ve all been in situations where a small group of loud and obnoxious people spoil the event for the rest of us. I certainly don’t believe that high school students have the “right” to disrupt graduation ceremonies. Frankly, given the way young people behave today, my gut tells me they got what they deserved. But I could be wrong.

RepublicanPatriot on June 11, 2008 at 5:06 pm

Free speech is definitely under attack. An article in the NYT today quotes legal so-called scholars who say that maybe there should be more limitations on free speech in the US, like in other countries. Protesters and rabble-rousers can disrupt class all over the country, illegal aliens leave their classes to demonstrate & nothing happens, but a few kids clap their hands and their arrested, Soon they’ll arrest drivers for going 5 miles over the speed limit.

c f on June 11, 2008 at 6:08 pm

Its a wonderful country when people are carted off to jail for cheering on their children. But its nothing compared to Canada, where a kangaroo judge forced a Christian pastor to renounce to renounce his faith and imposed a lifetime ban on any criticism from him of homosexuality. We all know what the thought police would like to do here. Putting parents in jail is only part of it.

NormanF on June 11, 2008 at 6:09 pm

This is nothing compared to the muslim Osama Bin laden getting his claws into the white house november. He will make it law that you cant say anything bad about muslims. Like that will stop me. Its our duty to question all muslims in america. And I make muslim bashing a top priority in my life. Let him try to stifle free speech.

savage supporter on June 11, 2008 at 6:16 pm

We are getting exactly what we deserve. There is not a dime’s worth of difference between the two major political parties. I am a card carrying Libertarian. The LP is by no means perfect, but it is by far the best choice. The LP is the last remaining hope for our survival as a FREE nation. The Constitution means nothing to both Democrats and Republicans. The Federal bureaucracy is at an all time low. DHS (Department of Homeland Stupidity) reveals that we are very close to the bottom. Wake up people!

ParaLyzer on June 11, 2008 at 10:51 pm

Unbelievable. The f–king gestapo. People like paralyzer need to realize that avoiding the vote will elect obama. I don’t NEED a lesson like that.

samurai on June 11, 2008 at 11:37 pm

The unfortunate situation we’re left with here is that fact that neither of the candidates are worth a damn but we are forced to pick the lesser of 2 evils. McCain’s no icon but he’s a far sight better than Obumf**k. While I agree with Paralyzer on many issues, until the Libertarian Party gets their act together and show some solid foundation, they’re never going to get off the ground to challenge the Republicans or Democrats. I listen to Neal Boortz frequently and agree with most of his points but he has even stated he is fed up with the LP because they can’t seem to get coordinated. Hell, they wouldn’t even let Boortz, one of the most outspoken of them, speak at their convention because they didn’t agree with his stance on the war and some other items. Regarding the status of the two major parties, I’m a conservative but I see the Republican party going in the tank because they’re too busy being politicians and not tending to the true business of the conservatives. Too much mamby-pamby grazing on both sides of the fence. You have to make your decision and stand by it. Gee, you’re going to piss somebody off; that’s a casualty of the battle.
I hate where this country is heading and the morins who are leading us down this “dead man walking” trail of tears.

1shot1kill on June 12, 2008 at 11:39 am

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