Unreal: Black Family Faces Criminal Charges for Cheering Daughter at High School Graduation Ceremony
A black family in Mississippi were asked to leave a high school graduation – and then charged with disturbing the peace a week later – all for cheering on their daughter.
During the ceremony, superintendent Jay Foster asked those in attendance to refrain from applauding and cheering until all the graduates had gone up.
When Lanarcia Walker was called up to the stage to receive her Senatobia High School diploma, however, her family couldn’t contain themselves.
The girl’s father, Henry Walker, waved a towel and yelled, “You did it baby!”
School officials asked the family to leave the ceremony and a week passed without incident before they were served with court papers after Foster reportedly filed disturbing the peace charges.
“It’s crazy,” Walker told WREG. “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 defended the charges, saying he was determined to “maintain order.”
“I can understand they can escort me out of the graduation, but to say they going to put me in jail for it?” Walker’s aunt Ursula Miller asked. “What else are they allowed to do?”