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People who cheered during graduation ceremony face criminal charges

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A school superintendent in Mississippi has filed disturbing the peace charges against four people who cheered their family members during the graduation ceremony.

The four people facing the misdemeanor charge ignored a request not to yell and to hold their applause until the end of the ceremony, WREG reports. The New York Times also has coverage.

Superintendent Jay Foster of the Senatobia Municipal School District told WREG the charges aren’t ridiculous and he’s determined to maintain order at graduation ceremonies. Foster didn’t immediately respond to the ABA Journal’s request for comment.

Two of those facing charges told WREG they were asked to leave for yelling, and they thought that was the end of it. A couple weeks later, says Ursula Miller, she was served with the papers.

Henry Walker was among those facing charges. He yelled, “You did it, baby!” during the graduation. “It’s crazy,” Walker told WREG. “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.”

Updated on June 4 to change headline and remove arrest warrant reference and to add New York Times link.

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