Linda Walker is one of the people who received an arrest warrant.

Black people can’t do anything without the fear of being arrested, and a recent graduation in Mississippi shows just how hard it is out there for us. Several people who cheered for family members at a recent high school graduation ceremony are now facing charges for “disturbing the peace.”

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.

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  • Brad

    It’s funny to read the lack of sympathy and self righteous indignation on other sites where this story was reported. It is coming from white folks who apparently never show any outward joy of accomplishments.

    I mean it’s enough to make you wonder if we all live in the same country the way they are attacking.

    • vintage3000

      They are probably the same ilk applauding one of their own who showed up at Atlanta’s airport yesterday with a fully loaded assault rifle, because he wants to protect his liberty of course. And of course he was spoken to nicely, not shot to death. So Black people face charges for being jubilant during a celebration (freedom of speech does not apply here). And a White man can walk through a busy airport carrying enough ammo to kill everyone, and his 2nd amendment rights are defended. It’s like a mass outbreak of racist/paranoia/unhinged insanity with these cretins.

    • Me

      have you seen the video where protesters send one white guy & one black guy out in wyoming (or some place like that) w/open gun b/c it’s an open carry state, and the white protester gets stopped & questioned by one officer then let go, but the black guy gets stopped by 6+ police suv’s blocking his path, all the cops have guns drawn, they make him get on the floor, take away his gun & arrest him? 2 men w/the same exact rights, doing the exact same thing in the exact same town & the black one is treated like a terrorist.

    • elle D.

      I saw that and it was beyond ridiculous-just insanity. I think to be racist, there has to exist some level of insanity because you cannot be rationale and racist/or extremely biased. They simply cannot exist in the same mental space.

    • Exactly.

    • LogicalLeopard

      Well, two sides to the story. The people on the other sites who are getting indignant are probably mostly racists. But second, I understand WHY people are told not to cheer until the end at graduations. When you have a lot of people graduating, they just go through and read the names without much of a pause. So, if you cheer loudly and for a long time, you can overshout the next person’s name being called. So, yes, it’s a good thing to celebrate, but your celebration might make the next person’s family miss a once in a lifetime opportunity to hear their child being announced as a graduate. And that’s not fair at all.

      However, I’m not sure if that’s the case here. I’m thinking that the school was probably not huge, but I don’t know. Anyway, I wish that schools would really just take more pauses and discourage loud cheering, but don’t penalize people for it. It kind of has to be expected, kind of like how schools work in a senior skip day into their official schedules. Plus, they sometimes spend all of the time leading up to the graduation talking about how hard the students worked and how hard the family worked to have the kids be successful, so you should EXPECT people to cheer afterwards.

    • Objection

      This incident is no where near disturbing the peace. Actually, I would argue their First Amendment rights are being violated. The time, place, and manner restriction are overly broad.

      The father is there to see his daughter walk across the stage. He should not have to wait until the end to congratulate her. To see his daughter walk across the stage graduating from high school is a once in a lifetime event. Parents should have a few seconds to congratulate their children walking across the stage. It’s a celebration, not a funeral.

    • LogicalLeopard

      I agree with you, they should always definitely give you a few seconds to cheer when they call the names. Really, most people aren’t going to be excessive, so at most, you’ll probably get the whole thing done 30 seconds later than you would have normally.

  • LogicalLeopard

    The first thing I thought of when I heard this was, “Wow….it finally happened. They’re finally arresting us for this.” *LOL*

    But seriously, watching the video, it didn’t seem as bad as it normally is. The father said You did it baby and waved a towel. The audience laughed. So, I’m wondering….don’t you have to behave offensively to most reasonable people to be considered to have disturbed the peace? And if they’re all laughing, well….I don’t think you necessarily disturbed the peace.

  • binks

    This is ridiculous. I been and seen plenty of graduations and though it is asked that the audience hold their applause and cheer to the end most people never do. Heck, graduates who invite their family and friends expect to hear the cheers. Personally, as long as the family/friends cheer during the graduate’s walk across the stage and not throughout the ceremony I don’t see the problem. Sure, some will argue on that it is not fair to the graduates who don’t have many people in the audience but that reasoning still falls flat. This is the nature of graduations, it is a time to be joyful, happy and jubilee so how can you correlate that into disturbing the peace. No one expects a silent somber serious environment at one. Yes, it could be consider rude and annoying to some but that wasn’t the case here, I went to graduations where some people had blow horns, cow bells, whistles, etc. and I see how that is too much. But anything to continue the cycle of criminality in the black community. Watch out people, we can’t be angry or happy…smh

  • I’m rarely speechless about things, but this story has me speeches. This is fascism. There are no other words to describe this unfortunate situation. These parents were celebrating their children graduating high school. We have all been to high school or college graduation ceremonies before. Many parents scream all of the time when their children stand on the stage. There are many segments of the graduation ceremony and they don’t exist usually with everyone yelling all of the time. The police blatantly over reacted and fascistic cops always want to get people arrested in order for them to get economic quotas. I hope the parents get the ACLU, civil rights groups, etc. to support them. The people cheered and they didn’t disturb the peace. Some of these white folks just have strident, strict, and anti-progressive interpretations on how society ought to be run. We live in a racist, sexist, and classist society. They don’t give a (concern) about the lives of black people. So, the punishment sent to the people was overtly excessive and unwarranted.

    This incident happened in Mississippi. This intolerable attitude against people, who are celebrating human beings graduating, isn’t just found in Mississippi. It’s found nationwide.

  • mariah asphalt

    Racism 101