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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.



    I guess it’s the schools fault. They told them not to act like jerks, but they still chose to act like jerks and ended up with consequences. Yeah keep teaching your kids that you can do what you want and not need to atone for it.

    Sherry. you are racist as hell. Name one law that distinguishes between race. Stop spreading your ignorant lies.

  • Wilson

    No sherry baby you are wrong. If the people could just learn to follow instructions they wouldn’t be facing charges.. But no they are like animals and can’t control themselves so they need to be slapped down like you would a bad dog.. It is a shame they had to ruin the ceremony for the rest of the families in attendance who honored the request of the superintendent. These are the same people who will run from law enforcement, resist arrest and attempt to kill the Officer before being shot to death. Then people like you want to scream discrimination. Follow the rules and we don’t have a problem…

    • burkhartonline

      Exactly. I don’t agree with criminal charges, but some people just don’t understand the concept of “appropriate behavior.” Graduations are meant to be dignified events. They’re not ballgames or beer parties.

  • neverhome

    Graduations are meant to be dignified events. It isn’t a ballgame, okay? Escorting the parents out was perfectly appropriate. But criminal charges? That’s just crazy.

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