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Family Charged for Cheering at Graduation Could Face Jail Time

By    |   Thursday, 04 Jun 2015 03:25 PM

A family has been charged after cheering at a high school graduation last month following an announcement telling the crowd to hold their applause.

Ursula Miller and Henry Walker were two of four people asked to leave Mississippi’s Senatobia High School graduation ceremony for cheering on May 21, according to WREG.

“He said ‘You did it baby,’ waved his towel, and went out the door,” Linda Walker told WREG in defense of her son Henry Walker, who was cheering for his graduating sister.

Likewise, Miller called out the name of her niece.

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

According to police, the Senatobia Municipal School District Superintendent Jay Foster asked those in the crowd not to scream or clap until the end of the ceremony or else they would be asked to leave. Those instructions were also printed in the event programs.

“A week or two later, I was served with some papers,” Miller told the station.

Foster had filed charges of disturbing the peace against those who cheered at the graduation, and the documents threatened jail time.

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

Officers had issued warrants for the yellers 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.”

Foster told WREG he is determined to have order at the ceremonies.

“[Instances of loud cheering in the past] have caused certain graduates to not be able to hear their name called,” Foster told WMC. “I hope it sends a message that everybody deserves a right to hear their child's name being called.”

Linda Walker thinks the whole thing has gone too far.

“When a child does all they can to graduate, it's an honor and a privilege for them to walk across that stage,” Walker told WMC. “It's a privilege for me to clap and applaud for mine.”

The four people charged are expected in court June 9.

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