Graduating Senior Arrested, Handcuffed at Commencement for Flipping the Bird
It's not uncommon for high school seniors to try to make themselves stand out from the crowd during graduation ceremonies, maybe with something benign like writing "Hi Mom" on their robes or doing a funny dance on the walk across stage. But one small-town Alabama student immortalized the moment and got more than he bargained for en route to receiving his diploma — a trip to jail.
In the short walk across stage, Joseph Bryan Shore, 18, elicited more than boos when he allegedly cursed out his family and flipped the bird to the crowd, according to authorities. Immediately after the ceremony, two police officers took him into custody and charged him with disorderly conduct.
Arab, Ala. assistant police chief Jeff Bailey said he had never seen anything like it before.
"This is a small town, a little quiet place," Bailey said. "He basically disrupted the whole graduation with his hollering and cursing."
The Arab Police department said the police report of the incident has now been sealed but excerpts of the police report published in The ArabTribune.com last week stated that Shore resisted police attempts to restrain him.
"Shore was cursing school staff, and, as Sgt. [Gina] Smith and Sgt. [Lauren] Harnack approached, it appeared the subject was about to run," according to the excerpt. "Smith advised him to place his hands behind his back, but he began resisting."
The principal of Arab City High School, Patrick Crowder, said he regretted the incident but that he had no choice other than to have Shore arrested.