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School district responds to reports parents could be fined $1K for cheering at graduation

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GREENVILLE, SC (FOX Carolina) -

A spokesperson for Greenville County Schools is responding to a report about graduation fines that is now making national headlines.

According to an article published by The Greenville News, an administrator at Greenville High School told students if their relatives yell at graduation, they could face a hefty fine.

"The Citation for Family Members yelling out is $1,030," a slide presented to students said, according to the newspaper. The story has since been picked up by People, FOX News and the Daily Mail.

District spokesperson Beth Brotherton confirmed the information was presented to Greenville High students, but said the information was taken out of context.

Brotherton said each year, high schools in the county hold sessions for graduating seniors to provide them with information on expectations for the ceremony. The district asks family members attending graduation to refrain from chanting or loudly cheering, due to time constraints and respect for the next students walking across the stage.

"If we wait for the cheering to stop before reading the next name on the list, the ceremony will last forever," Brotherton said.

Since graduation is a public event, Brotherton said it is subject to police jurisdiction and the school was warning students that anyone who exhibits disorderly conduct could face a citation. She said the $1,030 figure represents an outdated cost for a fine for a "breach of peace" citation, although the exact amount has since increased.

"Greenville High cannot cite parents for cheering," Brotherton said. "The police will not charge parents for cheering. If there are major disruptions or inappropriate behavior exhibited during these special occasions, law enforcement will be there to handle them."

She said the reports surrounding the information were not inaccurate, but lacked context and intent for why it was presented.

Brotherton also said that the slide containing the information has since been revised to clear for students and parents.

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