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SENATOBIA, Miss. -- Several people who cheered for family members at a recent high school graduation ceremony are now facing charges for "disturbing the peace."

Police at Northwest Mississippi Community College, where Senatobia High School's graduation ceremony was held, said the superintendent asked the crowd not to scream and to hold their applause until the end. Linda Walker, Ursula Miller and two other people were asked to leave the ceremony because they were screaming and cheering.

“When she went across the stage I just called her name out. ‘Lakaydra’. Just like that,” Ursula Miller told WREG.

Miller said she was then asked to leave the graduation. A few weeks later, she was served papers.

Senatobia Municipal School District Superintendent Jay Foster filed "disturbing the peace" charges against the four people who were asked to leave graduation. Officers issued warrants for their arrests with a possible $500 bond.

“It’s crazy,” Henry Walker said. “The fact that I might have to bond out of jail, pay court costs, or a $500 fine for expressing my love, it’s ridiculous man. It’s ridiculous.”

Superintendent Foster declined an on-camera interview but told WREG he’s determined to have order at graduation ceremonies.

“I can understand they can escort me out of the graduation, but to say they are going to put me in jail for it," Miller said. "What else are they allowed to do?”

The four people facing charges are expected in court Monday, June 9.

5 comments

  • JODY ELLIOTT CANFIELD

    Please forward to: Senatobia Municipal School District Superintendent Jay Foster. Sir, you are a disgrace to the Senatobia school system and to the field of education itself. High School graduation is a milestone in every student’s and parent’s life. Instead of taking asinine action against the parents you should support the fact that in this day and age that you have kids in your school system with the tenacity to continue in school and graduate. For many of these families this may be the only child they have that reaches that level of education. Many, far too many, young people drop out of high school due to bad family life and peer pressure problems. Drugs and crime are rampant yet these students chose to stay on the path of getting their diploma. The least the parents can do is cheer for their loved ones on graduation day. Sorry if their joy and excitement impeded into your day but this is a once in a lifetime event for these people!

  • My Thoughts

    This Superintendent needs to pull his head out. Parents should be able to cheer for their children. Once again the school system working hard. This Superintendent is a POS

  • Donna

    OH MY WORD!!!!! Don’t they have better things to do than waste tax payers money on something so frivolous??

  • dee jay

    Students names are called one after the other in a relatively quick manner to get everyone through. Families that disrupt with these “shout outs” slow down the line or yell over the person’s name who is being called next. You have an opportunity to shout and cheer when all the names are completed. There are many schools that have similar rules- because they do recognize that this is an enormous achievement and they want each child to have a chance to have their name called clearly for all to hear. The rules were announced and reminded in the program. The problem is that people think the rules don’t apply to them and there are no consequences for their lack of civility. A ceremony has order and celebration. The school gets to determine how that ceremony unfolds. I am certain many many parents are grateful that the school has these rules in place. Sad that they even have to have the rules, but there are too many uncivilized “people” out there.

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