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Arrest Warrants Issued for Families Who Cheered at Graduation

The Short of It

We've all been to a graduation ceremony where the crowd is asked to hold their applause until all the graduates' names have been called and someone inevitably calls out anyway. Some people might find it annoying and others all in good fun, but after a Senatobia High School in Mississippi ceremony, the disrupters were issued arrest warrants.

The Lowdown

One family member shouted, "You did it baby!" and another called out her niece's name as she was issued her diploma. They and two other attendees were asked to leave the high school graduation after their outbursts.

A week or so later, the four were delivered papers saying warrants were out for their arrests with a possible $500 bond. The school superintendent, Jay Foster, filed charges against them for disturbing the peace.

Foster didn't comment on-air to the local news on the situation, but he did say he proceeded with this action because he feels it's important to maintain order at graduation ceremonies.

"It's crazy," Henry Walker told News Channel 3. "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."

Walker and the three others who called out at the ceremony are due in court next week.

The Upshot

This is one of several recent stories we've heard of schools overdoing it with their authority. There's also a girl who was withheld her diploma for wearing sneakers to graduation, the boy who was punished for an act of terrorism for telling a classmate he could make him disappear with a "magic ring," and a boy who missed first grade because his service dog wasn't allowed in the school.

Graduation is a big day, and sometimes our pride and enthusiasm take over. To me, calling out at a ceremony is normal and harmless, and definitely not worth jail time.

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