Ursula Miller, Linda Walker and Henry Walker

(L-R) Ursula Miller, Linda Walker and Henry Walker

*Charges have been dropped against three people who cheered when they were instructed not to at a recent high school graduation in Mississippi.

Senatobia Municipal School District Superintendent Jay Foster told the audience at last month’s graduation at Senatobia High School to hold their applause until the end. But four people ignored the rule when their baby walked across the stage to get her diploma.

Foster found out the names of three of them and pressed charges for disturbing the peace.

On Monday afternoon, Foster dropped the charges, according to Justice Court Clerk Mary McAbee.

Senatobia Municipal School District Superintendent Jay Foster

Senatobia Municipal School District Superintendent Jay Foster

Foster said last week he had tried in the four years since he became superintendent to make graduation a respectful, dignified ceremony.

“We didn’t tell them they couldn’t cheer, we just asked them to wait until the end so everyone has an opportunity to hear their graduate’s name,” he said.

Ursula Miller, who had been one of those facing charges after she shouted out for her graduating niece, told WREG television in Memphis, Tennessee, last week: “I can understand they can escort me out of the graduation but to say they are going to put me in jail for it. What else are they allowed to do?”