Warrants issued for people who cheered at high school graduation

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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.

14 comments

  • Mark Kozina

    Dude was just bitter because no one cheered for him when he graduated. Get over yourself, jack***, this ceremony is for the students and their family. Having them removed showed everyone you were in charge.

    • papasan173

      These are the same idiots that ride around town with their bass at the max. Loud and obnoxious is all they know.

  • Rich Adams

    Decency and respect for others are only common sense at a graduation-if you can’t abide by simple rules-accept the consequences

  • Holding people accountable

    I would definitely be speaking at school boards about the stupidity and pettiness of the superintendent. What a fool wasting valuable law enforcement and school resources chasing down happy relatives! The students learned a lot from him that day…About how not to be! What a fool!

      • Gary

        Unbelievable that you can’t clap or cheer for your kid. I understand that they want order and for people to be quite but it’s a happy time for some people. Get over it and accept it for what it is , a showing of love and happiness for their kids. Anyone who doesn’t agree with me you should stop using your cell phones in public and never honk your horn at anyone on the street if you like your dam peace and quite so much.

      • Cheers!

        Mamasan173 couldn’t talk with her mouth full and sat down when I as done! You could be next ; ). You’d have something to cheer about then!

  • Elias

    On the bright side, the next time June 9th falls on a Monday is 2025 so they have time to change their mind.

  • justin

    “If you can’t abide by the rules you face the consequences ” is this really what people are saying ahahahahaa
    Why in the hell does she for one have a warrant , Which means court hours were wasted along with taxpayers paying for this nonsense to go on in court. Then these people have to worry about being a%tested when they probably have kids at home just stop with this nonsense that happens everyday in america

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