Graduation is certainly a time for students to celebrate, but let's not forget: It's a celebration for their families as well. But for some relatives at the Senatobia High School graduation in Mississippi, it was anything but a celebration. Not only were they warned for cheering -- they were reportedly served with arrest warrants.
In total, four people were asked to leave the ceremony for cheering. Ursula Miller was one such attendee. "When she went across the stage, I just called her name out. ‘Lakaydra.’ Just like that,” she told WREG. Another attendee, Henry Walker, was also asked to leave. As a family member explained, “He said, ‘You did it, baby,’ waved his towel and went out the door.”
Apparently, Senatobia Municipal School District Superintendent Jay Foster was having none of it. He had asked everyone in attendance to hold their applause until the end of the ceremony, and he was serious. “A week or two later, I was served with some papers,” Walker said.
The charges? Disturbing the peace.
According to WREG, "Officers issued warrants for their arrests with a possible $500 bond." "It’s crazy,” 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."
The four attendees have a court date set for Monday, June 9. MTV News will continue to follow this story as it develops.
[Update: On June 9, Senatobia Schools Superintendent Jay Foster announced he was dropping the charges against the four people who were issued warrants during the graduation ceremony.]