Graduating from high school can be one of those moments that a person never forgets. Unfortunately, for one Mississippi family, they'll remember their loved one's graduation not only for her accomplishment, but for the criminal charges they now face.
The father, aunt and other members of graduate Lanarcia Walker's family are charged with disturbing the peace at the Senatobia High School graduation ceremony on May 21.
Senatobia's Superintendent Jay Foster asked during the ceremony for people to refrain from clapping or cheering until all the students had received their diplomas or would be asked to leave.
Walker's father Henry Walker and aunt Ursula Miller aren't the first family members in high school graduation history to be so excited for their graduate that they couldn't contain themselves. Walker shouted "You did it, baby!" while Miller shouted her name before the group of four was escorted out of the building.
At most ceremonies, the speaker might stop or wait until the disruption passes and that would be the end of the problem. For this family, their problem got worse a week later when they were faced with arrest warrants.
Each member faces a bond of $500 plus other expenses that may come with the charges as well as the threat of time in jail.
"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," Walker said.
Foster claims to have only filed the charges because of his determination to have order at the graduation ceremonies.
The family members are expected in court on June 9.
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