Education

UPDATE: Charges Dropped Against MI Graduate’s Family

Alexis Gulino Contributor

Senatobia school district in Senatobia, Miss., has dropped disturbing the peace charges against a Mississippi family for cheering at a high school graduation.

Members of recent graduate Lanarcia Walker’s family were escorted out of the ceremony May 21 for cheering.

Two weeks after, four people, including Walker’s aunt and brother, were issued arrest warrants and threatened with jail time if they did not pay a $500 fine.

Northwest Mississippi Community College Senatobia Superintendent Jay Foster cited the family’s excessive cheering as inappropriate behavior. He said of the national attention that the news has received, “I’ve had a lot of negative phone calls and emails, but I’ve also had a lot of support,” reports Fox News.

While the charges have been dropped, Foster told Fox News he hopes the charges will deter people from causing a ruckus at future ceremonies, which are supposed to be quiet and respectful.

Despite the good news, the Walker family remains disgruntled about the experience, saying Foster was the one who caused a disturbance when he escorted the family out. The family claims they have been talking with a lawyer.

The graduate’s mother, Linda Walker, said “I’m not done with him. He done got my baby’s name all over the world,” she said. “We’re not done.”