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School: You Will Be Jailed for Cheering Too Loudly at Graduation

Arrest warrants were issued



Shh! Family members of a Senatobia High School student face charges of disturbing the peace because they cheered too loudly at her graduation ceremony. That's no joke—Jay Foster, superintendent of the Mississippi school district, is pursuing charges and the police have issued arrest warrants.


Police at Northwest Mississippi Community College, where Senatobia High School's graduation ceremony was held, said the superintendent asked the crowd not to scream and to hold their applause until the end. Linda Walker, Ursula Miller and two other people were asked to leave the ceremony because they were screaming and cheering.

"When she went across the stage I just called her name out. 'Lakaydra'. Just like that," Ursula Miller told WREG.

Miller said she was then asked to leave the graduation. A few weeks later, she was served papers.

Senatobia Municipal School District Superintendent Jay Foster filed "disturbing the peace" charges against the four people who were asked to leave graduation. Officers issued warrants for their arrests with a possible $500 bond.

"It's crazy," Henry Walker said. "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."

Foster would not appear on camera, but told the local reporter that "it's far from ridiculous. He said he's "determined to have order at these ceremonies."

I can understand not wanting graduation ceremonies to descend into total chaos, but come on. Formal charges? Arrest warrants? It's not like these people's behavior is going to continue to be a problem: their kid graduated. Tying the family up in legal battles is a waste of time, money, and police resources.

Local authorities are always looking for new and surprising ways to practice petty vindictiveness, I guess.

The family will appear in court on Tuesday.

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    1. People ought to gather at this guy’s office and start screaming this at him. Perhaps bring out a bullhorn.

      (and nice Wiggum reference)

  2. Did you get your permission slip to speak from the Committee of Public Safety? No? Off to the camp for you.

    1. Does this camp have fun games and Bill Murray as a counselor?

      1. Of course! Reeducation is fun!

      2. It involves a long nap, a glass of warm milk, and a full frontal lobotomy.

        1. I’d rather have a full bottle in front of me.

      3. +1 Meatballs

        1. I’m sorry man, but Meatballs is way less fun than it should be.

          1. It just doesn’t matter.

          2. If they’re rebooting Meatballs, I’m okay with that.

            1. They’d have to remove the scene where Murray sexually assaults the woman on the couch. Because rape culture.

              1. It’s going to be darker, grittier.

                1. Spaz is an evil genius?

                  1. Instead of “Starry Night” they play Prodigy’s “Breathe.” And the girlfriend for Murray’s character is a strung-out prostitute who lost her medical license due to selling sexual services to patients.

                2. So they’re turning it into a slasher flick? But it’ll have this mind-blowing twist like Cabin In the Woods?

                  1. It won’t just have one twist. It’s going to have one for each act. Definitely Oscar material.

                    1. Does Bill Murray play Jason Voorhees?

                    2. Hi mickey

  3. “Superintendent Foster said the charges were far from ridiculous.

    While Foster declined an on-camera interview with WREG, he said he’s determined to have order at graduation ceremonies.”

    Superintendent Foster in a prior position.

    1. I was thinking this was him in a prior life. Hopefully it’ll have a similar outcome.

      1. Hopefully it’ll have a similar outcome.

        Centaurs aren’t real.

        1. Says you! I sexually identify as a centaur.

    2. Meant to take you to task re: Freddie Krueger. He’s trans-nightmare, you otherer. But I did say “born that way,” which implies he couldn’t be trans-nightmare of he wants, so I guess we both need sensitivity reeducation. Silver lining though, day camp for adults.

      1. He is not trans-nightmare because he didn’t choose to transition. He was forced to transition when he was set on fire.

        That would be like saying someone who gets his balls cut off in a tragic katana accident is an MtF transsexual. That is nonsense, sir.

        1. Returns to the whiteboard, flips it around, scribbles furiously. “Involuntary trans=cultural appropriation ??”

    3. “I saw that gesture. You see me after graduation.”

      1. +1 nasty little horrid bigoted rodent man

    4. Its called ‘ the American criminalization of EVERYTHING” welcome the new America – NOW SHUT UP AND PAY!

  4. I am shocked that institutions run by liberals would resort to authoritarianism!?

    1. Yep. Pretty much my first thought too. A bureaucratic dictator is a petty twat with control issues? Well, I never.

    2. That’s double secret probation for you, mister!

    3. Especially since universities today, which are pretty much all ran 100% by liberals, are such shining examples of tolerance, free speech, free exchange of ideas, and everything else that makes up ‘liberal’. You would think these lower tiers of education could take example from their higher ups.

      1. there is a disturbing symmetry between this sort of “policing of behavior” by schools…

        …and the rationales i hear from lefties on why “ending the drug war” would actually *hurt the poor*…

        …because “disorder”.

        ‘If we left them to do whatever they wanted, they’d descend into chaos!’. Must have Order!

        And nothing says “order” quite like the logic of a housing project.

        It is notable that lefties seem completely blind to the failures of past attempts to bring about a progressive-utopia through social-engineering. There seems little interest in even attempting to learn from past mistakes (*acknowledging them as mistakes would question their entire reason for being).

        I also find the same blase disinterest in regards to things like “Corn Ethanol”, which they blame on “The Corporations”. Their good-intentions were co-opted!!

        they will confess its an abysmal failure, and claim they’re even more opposed to it than you!… until it comes down to actually agitating pols to vote against it. Then…..Well…. there are bigger fish to fry, you see (end the oil ‘subsidies!’)… and we can’t go around casting ‘blame’ for past mistakes. Plus, they meant well.

    4. You think the superintendent of schools in Senatobia, Mississippi (pop. 8,165 according to Wikipedia) is likely to be a “liberal” by any modern definition of the word? Hoo-kay….

      1. You find it implausible to believe that Mississippi teachers unions aren’t a bastion of Democrat support, or that there’s no such thing as a small-town Southern Liberal?

        where do you live?

  5. “determined to have order at these ceremonies.”

    You know who else was determined to have order?

    1. Dolores Umbridge?

    2. That chick who called 911 about the Burger King drive-thru?

    3. Khan Noonien Singh?

    4. Harry T. Stone?

    5. Judge Rayford?

    6. Judge Judy?

    7. Khaleesi?

    8. /usr/bin/sort?

    9. Miss Tougar?

  6. That’s no joke?Jay Foster, superintendent of the Mississippi school district, is pursuing charges and the police have issued arrest warrants

    So, there’s this chain of people, and all of them continue to voluntarily march forward with this plan?

  7. He said he’s “determined to have order at these ceremonies.”

    He offers the world ORDER! (at graduation ceremonies)

    Local authorities are always looking for new and surprising ways to practice petty vindictiveness, I guess.

    Practicing petty vindictiveness is the only thing that gets these little authoritarians cunts hard anymore.

    1. He was the best of the superintendents and the most dangerous. They were supermen in a sense. Stronger, braver, certainly more ambitious, more daring.

      1. I must confess cap’n, I’ve always had a creeping admiration for this one.

        1. Gentlemen, this romanticism about a ruthless dictator is…

          1. Mr. Spock, we humans have a streak of barbarism in us. Appalling, but there, nevertheless.

    2. Two years after I graduated high school, my friends’s sister graduated from the same school. His parents came home from her graduation laughing because one of the students had worn bright green and white socks under his graduation gown.

      Next morning, the front-page headline on the Asbury park press told of how the school not only refused to let the kid have his diploma, but actually confiscated his socks for disturbing the peace.

      Petty public school tyrants have been around for a long time.

      1. Well, this is why happens when you don’t tar and feather petty tyrants when they first go off the rails.

  8. Petty tyrants gonna tyrant.

  9. Come on, man. If you don’t clamp down on those people soon enough, next thing you know they’ll be spitting watermelon seeds all over the place and gang raping ten year old girls right on the stage.

    1. Yep. Here we go dissin authoritah again. Next thing you know, crime rates at graduations are going to skyrocket.

    1. This graduation is so awesome, I just gotta bust a cap in the air!

  10. ‘Lakaydra’

    Ok, no way to take this story seriously now.

    1. Truth. If someone had shouted that out I would have burst out laughing. So much for order then.

    2. You are being shockingly racist

      Not. Okay.

      1. You’re not fooling me – that headline is from The Onion.

  11. Much as we might not like it, self-centered, immature twats have the right to be self-centered, immature twats, even in public.

    1. “This is a time of celebration, so sit still and be quiet.”

      1. “In Japan, the greatest respect an audience can give is silence”

        1. “In Feudal Japan, the greatest respect a foolish superintendent can give is Seppuku.

          1. In Soviet Russia, respect gives YOU!!

    2. I can’t believe you’re defending the superintendent!

    3. And who the hell gets that excited at a HS graduation anyway? It’s just HS, it’s not like she was getting a doctorate in particle physics or something.

      1. I’m not defending the superintendent at all, Hugh. I’m saying, in fact, that he was completely wrong. What part of “have the right” do you not understand.

        Personally, I think people who screech and hoot and jump up and down at these kinds of ceremonies are acting like self-centered, immature twats, with no thought whatsoever that other people are also graduating, and that making a spectacle of yourself at a ceremony to honor other people is, well, self-centered and immature.

        Which people have a right to be.

        1. He was facetiously pretending that by “self-centered immature twat” you were referring to the superintendent.

          1. There are so many sidelong comments with layered, hidden meanings, I don’t know what anyone believes anymore!

            1. It’s glibness all the way down.

            2. H&R comment threads are like onions: multiple layers, foul smelling, and likely to bring tears to your eyes.

        2. Are you serious? You think it’s rude for families to cheer on their children when their children get up on stage to receive their diploma?

          I hope you will recall as implied by the testimony, that It’s a ceremony that celebrates each individual graduating one at a time

          1. You think it’s rude for families to cheer on their children when their children get up on stage to receive their diploma

            It certainly can be, yes. If you drown out the announcement of the next graduate’s name, you are self-centered, immature, and rude.

            Its not your personal graduation ceremony, after all. Its a ceremony for the whole class, and stepping on someone else’s announcement is just wrong.

  12. I went to the original story to see if something important had been omitted, like when they were asked to leave, it devolved into a rumble with lead pipes, chains and switch blades.

    So I say again, there’s this chain of people, and they’re all voluntarily marching forward with this plan…

  13. Local authorities are always looking for new and surprising ways to practice petty vindictiveness, I guess.

    It’s why they become local authorities, dude. To be able to.

    1. Duh, it’s right there in the job description!

  14. You can’t handle cheering at graduation! ?Son, we live in a world that has walls, and those walls have to be guarded by men who will maintain order. Who’s gonna do it? You? You, glibertarians? I have a greater responsibility than you could possibly fathom. You weep for these people, and you curse public schools. You have that luxury. You have the luxury of not knowing what I know. That arresting these people, while tragic, probably saved lives. And my existence, while grotesque and incomprehensible to you, saves lives. You don’t want the truth because deep down in places you don’t talk about at parties, you want me on that wall, you need me on that wall. We use words like honor, code, loyalty. We use these words as the backbone of a life spent defending something. You use them as a punchline. I have neither the time nor the inclination to explain myself to a man who rises and sleeps under the blanket of the very order that I provide, and then questions the manner in which I provide it. I would rather you just said thank you, and went on your way. Otherwise, I suggest you get a doctorate in education and stand a post. Either way, I don’t give a damn what you think you are entitled to.

    1. +1 90s courtroom drama.

      1. I thought he was running for sheriff or something.

        1. For a second, I was seeing the library detective from Seinfeld while I read Irish’s comment.

          1. “What about that kid, sitting down, opening a book right now in a branch of the local library and finding pictures of pee-pees and wee-wees in The Cat in the Hat and The Five Chinese Brothers. Doesn’t he deserve better?



    3. As terrible as much of his recent work is, and as stupid as he is, Aaron Sorkin has written some really good stuff.

      1. Aaron’s writing isn’t so terrible, it’s the themes.

        You always walk away feeling like you’ve been beaten around the head and shoulders by his one-dimensional politics.

        I wanted to like The Newsroom because it had Jeff Daniels… but, fuck, get your dick off my back already, Sorkin!

        1. That speech Jeff Daniels’ gives about why America isn’t a great country anymore is so smug but sanctimonious I’m impressed that anyone could have written it.

          He’s a talented writer that has zero notion of how other people think.

          1. Or how other people behave. Sorkin seriously believes that in 2013 a fucking college student would stand up, sort of twist her pony tail, and say “Mr. Daniels, like, why is America soooooooo awesome?”

            1. My favorite part about his rant was when he laments that we used to send people to Moon and cure diseases. Uh, when did America stop space exploration and developing new drugs? Pretty sure we lead the world in both.

              That and the line about how we used to wage a War on Poverty instead of on poor people.

              1. Uh, when did America stop [leading the world on] space exploration

                Probably when we had to start begging for room on other people’s rockets.

            2. I strenuously object to The Newsroom

              1. You object once to get it on the record! Hell, you even got the commentariat calling him a genius!

        2. For those who have not seen, a supercut of sorkinisms.

          1. I liked Sports Night.

            1. I liked the West Wing (a lot, sadly). A Few Good Men was pretty good.

              I just like how he constantly uses the same material.

  15. “Senatobia Municipal School District Superintendent Jay Foster filed “disturbing the peace” charges against the four people”

    How exactly does a School Superintendent file charges against anybody?

    1. That is a very good question. Did he make a complaint and the police asked prosecutors to file charges?

  16. Well, Mississippi has some shitty laws:

    ? 97-35-15. Disturbance of the public peace or the peace of others; exception.

    (1) Any person who disturbs the public peace, or the peace of others, by violent, or loud, or insulting, or profane, or indecent, or offensive, or boisterous conduct or language, or by intimidation, or seeking to intimidate any other person or persons, or by conduct either calculated to provoke a breach of the peace, or by conduct which may lead to a breach of the peace, or by any other act, shall be guilty of a misdemeanor, and upon conviction thereof, shall be punished by a fine of not more than Five Hundred Dollars ($500.00) or by imprisonment in the county jail not more than six (6) months, or both.

    IANAL, but I bet that this is strict liability, too: no need for the prosecution to show intent to ‘disturb the peace’.

    1. IANAL either, but I’m guessing that they can argue that since they asked everyone to hold their applause/ cheering until after the cermony that they should have known that loud cheering was not allowed and therefor deliberately “disturbed the peace”.

      Not saying I agree, but these are petty tyrants we’re talking about here.

    2. “or by intimidation, or seeking to intimidate any other person or persons”

      Doesn’t this apply to Snyder Foster?

  17. Tying the family up in legal battles is a waste of time, money, and police resources.

    And it’s, uhh, evil. There’s that too.

    1. The point isn’t to deter *these* families from shouting at another graduation ceremony. It’s to deter *all future* families from shouting at graduation ceremonies in this school district, since they will know just how much of a dick the school district superintendent can be.

      1. Simple solution. Cut the superintendent’s dick off.

  18. I think every adult there can agree that the only behavior that should be punished at a graduation is that which makes the ceremony last longer than it has to.

    1. I think that’s usually the rationale for asking people to hold off until the end to celebrate. So that they don’t have to waste time waiting for the crowd to quiet down after fucking name.

  19. How can a private citizen even file charges of disturbing the peace?

    1. Citizen’s Arayest! Citizen’s Arayest!

      /Gomer Pyle

      1. +1 Ernest T. Bass

  20. How can a private citizen even file charges of disturbing the peace?

    “Officer! Officer! That person is bothering me. Arrest him.”

  21. I had the hardest time not mentally referring to this asshole as Superintendent Banana Foster while I was reading the article and the comments…

    1. Why does this bother people?

  22. In a just world, someone would drop a house on this asshole so Dorothy could take his ruby slippers and dump a gallon of water to melt whatever fucktard actually issued an arrest warrant.

  23. I’m glad I skipped my high school and college graduations. They mailed me the paperwork.

  24. Dear Jay Foster;

    Go fuck yourself, shitferbrains.

    That is all.

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