Its graduation season and for most, it is a time to spend with family and friends, but for one Mississippi family, it could be spent in jail.
On Tuesday in Senatobia, Mississippi, four members of the Walker family were met with surprise when they were served warrants for their arrests on charges for “disturbing the peace.”
Just two weeks earlier, members of recent graduate Lanarcia Walker’s family were escorted out of the Senatobia High School graduation ceremony for cheering loudly and interrupting the ceremony.
Of the charges, Northwest Mississippi Community College Superintendent Jay Foster, the man in charge of the venue for graduation, told WREG that he is determined to have order at these ceremonies.
He said that despite being reminded to keep applause and cheers until after diplomas, they were excessively cheering.
According to WREG, the family has expressed surprise that such serious action has been taken against them for their misbehavior at such an event. Both Walker’s aunt Ursula Miller and unle Henry Walker claim they were simply showing their love and support for the graduate by yelling out her name and yelling, “You did it baby!”
Miller and Walker claim that this punishment is ridiculous, but Superintendent Foster disagreed, saying that, “negative attention won’t be tolerated.”
Charges against the family require an appearance in court or a possible fine of $500. The four family members charged are expected to appear in court June 9.