Arrest warrants issued for parents who cheered high school graduates

Hezekiah Jordan, son of fallen Griffin police officer Kevin Jordan, waves after he received his diploma during the Griffin High School 2014 Graduation Ceremony. I hope someone cheered without being arrested.  (HYOSUB SHIN / HSHIN@AJC.COM)

Hezekiah Jordan, son of fallen Griffin police officer Kevin Jordan, waves after he received his diploma during the Griffin High School 2014 Graduation Ceremony. I hope someone cheered without being arrested. (HYOSUB SHIN / HSHIN@AJC.COM)

When I grew up, students at my public school were quiet enough we didn’t need police officers to shut us up.

But now it’s gotten so bad superintendents feel compelled to order the arrest of noisy parents.

In lovely Mississippi, warrants have been issued for four family members who cheered for relatives during a recent high school graduation ceremony.

Senatobia Municipal School District Superintendent Jay Foster filed ‘disturbing the peace’ charges against the parents because he is determined to maintain order at school functions.

Foster, who declined comment when contacted by the media, warned parents to hold their applause before 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 in the one Wal-Mart town about a week later.

Parent Henry Walker, who dared to wave a towel and shout “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.”

“We don’t have money for anything like that,” said lawbreaker Linda Walker, who must be as loud as Henry.

The four who committed the crime of caring are expected in court June 9.

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