The alleged criminals say they were watching their loved ones in a once-in-a-lifetime ceremony marking the culmination of years of hard work and growth, when they were abruptly ejected for audibly expressing their excitement and pride.
“I just called her name out. ‘Lakaydra,’ Just like that,” Miller told CNN affiliate WREG.
Now, Miller said, she has to appear in court or could face at least a $500 fine.
Henry Walker waved a towel and yelled, “You did it baby,” to his sister as he walked out of the ceremony. He is another one of the four who also received the warrant.
“It’s crazy,” Walker told WREG. “The fact that I might have to bond out of jail, pay court costs ... for expressing my love — it’s ridiculous, man.”
Superintendent Jay Foster—who sounds like a real drip, to be honest—says the family members should have known better because he clearly announced, “Hold your applause,” and it was printed in the program.
“The goal was to allow all graduates to have the privilege of hearing their name called,” Foster tells CNN.
But ejecting the family members wasn’t enough for Foster, no, no one will ever accuse Superintendent Jay Foster of letting something slide:
After four people disobeyed the request, Foster asked the Northwest Mississippi Community College’s police chief if there was any further action he could take in light of what happened on campus where graduation was held.
Chief Zabron Davis told CNN he assisted Foster in filling out the affidavit to file charges of disturbing the peace.
Superintendent Jay Foster says he’s pleased with the outcome.