Family members arrested for cheering at graduation

Four people arrested for cheering at high school graduation
Published: Jun. 3, 2015 at 9:26 PM CDT|Updated: Jun. 4, 2015 at 6:46 PM CDT
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SENATOBIA, MS (WMC) - Disruptions during the Senatobia High School graduation ceremony ended with four people in trouble with the law.

Superintendent Jay Foster says this is not the first time family members have gotten out of hand.

"In the past, there have been things going on where people have yelled at--even left during the ceremony," Foster said. "[Those instances] have caused certain graduates to not be able to hear their name called."

Foster says parents are supposed to wait until all names have been called to cheer.

Henry Walker did not follow that rule. When he heard his sister's name called, Walker became one of four people charged with disturbing the peace.

"The only thing he said was, 'You did it baby!' to his little baby sister," Walker's mother, Linda, said. "I don't think its right, the way they did him."

Linda says it's not right for the school to press charges against people who are proud of their family members' accomplishments.

"When a child does all they can to graduate, it's an honor and a privilege for them to walk across that stage. It's a privilege for me to clap and applaud for mine."

Foster says school leaders made several attempts to warn parents. He says they even posted a warning in the graduation program saying people who staged outbursts would be asked to leave.

"I hope it sends a message that everybody deserves a right to hear their child's name being called," Foster said.

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