Sunday, October 17, 2021

Charges Dropped for Family Who Cheered During Graduation

Ursula Miller, Linda Walker and Henry Walker
(L-R) Ursula Miller, Linda Walker and Henry Walker

*Charges have been dropped against three people who cheered when they were instructed not to at a recent high school graduation in Mississippi.

Senatobia Municipal School District Superintendent Jay Foster told the audience at last month’s graduation at Senatobia High School to hold their applause until the end. But four people ignored the rule when their baby walked across the stage to get her diploma.

Foster found out the names of three of them and pressed charges for disturbing the peace.

On Monday afternoon, Foster dropped the charges, according to Justice Court Clerk Mary McAbee.

Senatobia Municipal School District Superintendent Jay Foster
Senatobia Municipal School District Superintendent Jay Foster

Foster said last week he had tried in the four years since he became superintendent to make graduation a respectful, dignified ceremony.

“We didn’t tell them they couldn’t cheer, we just asked them to wait until the end so everyone has an opportunity to hear their graduate’s name,” he said.

Ursula Miller, who had been one of those facing charges after she shouted out for her graduating niece, told WREG television in Memphis, Tennessee, last week: “I can understand they can escort me out of the graduation but to say they are going to put me in jail for it. What else are they allowed to do?”

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3 COMMENTS

  1. Make everyone sit at attention, hands on laps, eyes forward, and remain silent. When directed by the event security, respond consistent with that direction, and that direction alone………or else!

    Kinda reminds me of historical accounts of Germany in the 30’s and 40’s…..or maybe Cuba under Fidel Castro. Hey, Foster, Fidel has gone into semi-retirement and Raul is no kid anymore….maybe Havana is calling!!!!!

  2. Who doesn’t cheer at a high school graduation? I understand when we’re at a college/university graduation, but I don’t understand why not at a high school. What’s the backstory?

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