Four people who cheered — allegedly excessively — for their loved ones at a high school graduation ceremony in Senatobia, Mississippi, say they’ve now been slapped with an excessive punishment.
Two weeks after watching her niece walk across the stage at Senatobia High School’s graduation ceremony on May 21, Ursula Miller received a warrant for her arrest for disturbing the peace.
“I just called her name out. ‘Lakaydra,’ Just like that,” Miller told CNN affiliate WREG.
Now, Miller said, she has to appear in court or could face at least a $500 fine.
Henry Walker waved a towel and yelled, “You did it baby,” to his sister as he walked out of the ceremony. He is another one of the four who also received the warrant.
“It’s crazy,” Walker told WREG. “The fact that I might have to bond out of jail, pay court costs … for expressing my love — it’s ridiculous, man.”
Superintendent Jay Foster doesn’t think the punishment is ridiculous at all, especially after he said he reminded audience members repeatedly to hold their applause until the end of the ceremony.
“The goal was to allow all graduates to have the privilege of hearing their name called,” Foster said. So, the reminder was also printed in the program.
After four people disobeyed the request, Foster asked the Northwest Mississippi Community College’s police chief if there was any further action he could take in light of what happened on campus where graduation was held. Please read more here.