Widowed father was handcuffed, removed from graduation

A graduation cheer last week put a graduate's widowed father in handcuffs after he yelled for his daughter, honoring his dead wife's request.

The incident took place at the Winthrop Coliseum in Rock Hill, the same place where seven other individuals were arrested for cheering during Fort Mill and York high school graduations last week.

Allen Brandon, 37, of Rock Hill said he was removed from Northwestern High School's commencement in handcuffs last Friday night after he stood and shouted "Go Amanda" for his daughter Amanda Brandon. Brandon, whose late wife lost a three-year battle with lung cancer in April, said he shouted because his wife, Renee, wanted her daughter to be cheered.

"Her mom wanted her daughter recognized. She wanted me to yell for our daughter," Brandon said. "This graduation was something she was extremely proud of and had been looking forward to." Read the complete story at