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Arrest warrants issued for people who cheered too loudly at graduation

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Senatobia Municipal School District Superintendent Jay Foster warned the crowd at Senatobia High School in Mississippi to hold their applause at the event.

Some did not listen.

One of the noisemakers, Ursula Miller, said she shouted the name of her niece — Lakaydra– while the student crossed the stage to get her diploma. Miller was immediately escorted off the property.

She thought that was the end of it, but arrest warrants were issued about a week later.

Parent Henry Walker, who waved a towel and shouted, 'You did it baby!” to his daughter, said, '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.”...

Arrest warrants issued for people who cheered too loudly at... | www.wsoctv.com

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Every graduation I've been to has included the request to hold applause and such until the end. At none of them did people actually hold their applause. It's part of the graduation itself in my view. I can see being escorted out if far too boisterous, but arrest warrants seems to go way beyond what's acceptable/necessary.

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Foster says that going forward he will do whatever it takes to hold a graduation ceremony that everyone can be proud of.

It doesn't sound like "everyone" is proud of this silliness. Arresting adults who are participating in a long standing practice during graduation ceremonies is ridiculous in a free society. IMV

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If it's noise that is unwelcome and someone decides to do something about it in the form of an arrest warrant, boy, have I got some noise for them! Those individuals are welcome at my apartment complex any day of the week!

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I've been to ceremonies where some yahoos have sounded air horns or clanked cow bells. It was annoying but not worthy of arrest IMO. I think someone at the school may be a bit too tightly wound and full of themselves.

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Yet another a long and growing list of the way our words, our behavior, our very thoughts are under attack. Let's face it: there is a faction that wishes to control everything we say, do, look at, think, react (or not.)

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I'm old enough to have attended dozens and dozens of graduations. From preschool to college. At all of them there were families, and members of the audience, who whistled and cheered at certain graduates. Usually the popular kids. While those of us who are hopeless rule followers sat quietly, and let our pride and joy march across the stage to silence.

IMO just stop with the "quiet" request, because it just won't be followed. Allow every family to cheer and clap so that no child/adult walks across the stage to silence.

I look at it a little differently than other posters.

I was one of those rule following parents who sat silent, while the popular kids got catcalls, whistles and shouts. At every graduation I ever attended, you could tell who the popular kids were. Their families were noncompliant. While I don't like the idea of arrests, I also hate the idea that the rules don't apply to everybody.

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I don't think it would be relevant here but when someone is disturbing the peace, the police are supposed to ask them to quiet down first before they actually arrest them. Then if they still don't quiet down, they can lock them up. In this case though, I felt really sorry for these people who were arrested for no reason except that someone was carried away with conceit.

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