*Its June, and families all over the country are celebrating their graduates. As many of us sit through the long, usually boring, graduation ceremony — the one that serves no refreshments; generally has no performances or “fun stuff” to break the monotony; its understandable to lose our cool when our proud student struts across the stage to get their diploma or degree.
We get to hoopin’ and hollering, saying, “You go girl!” “Get that paper, boy!” “We love you baby, we’re so proud!”
And then its over, right?
But wait. It’s not over? I’m being asked to leave? What…you’re serving me papers that say I could go to jail for…wait for it…cheering?
Oh hell no!
So now back to that question asked in the headline. If you had one guess, as to where this truly happened to members of several black families; where would you guess that was?
If you’re thinking Mississippi, you get a gold star!
Linda Walker said she was ecstatic when her daughter, Lanarcia Walker, 18, graduated from Senatobia High.
Family member, Henry Walker, was too. And in his excitement called out, “You did it baby!” before walking out of the graduation ceremony.
Ursula Miller, another family member also called out when her niece walked across the stage.
Both people were asked to leave the auditorium.
According to authorities at Northwest Mississippi Community College, the venue where the ceremony was held, Jay Foster, the Senatobia Municipal School District Superintendent, had asked attendees to hold their applause until the end.
It takes a parent to understand this, I wonder if he has kids.
And since he was, as he put it, “determined to have order at graduation ceremonies,” he issued warrants…two weeks later mind you, citing ‘disturbing the peace’ charges against the people who called out. The warrants carried a possible $500 bond.
Sounds to me like this district just found a way to make some money.
Needless to say this didn’t sit well with the familes. And Henry Walker told WREG exactly how he feels about it.
“It’s crazy. 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.”
Two of four people were put in this ridiculous situation.
Miller, the woman who cheered for her niece said, “I can understand they can escort me out of the graduation, but to say they’re going to put me in jail for it. What else are they allowed to do?”
The four people charged are expected to appear in court on Monday, June 9.
Watch the incident in the video directly below. Then read more here