Families charged with crime after cheering at graduation get break

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SENATOBIA, Miss. (AP) — A Mississippi school superintendent who pressed charges against people for cheering at a high school graduation has now dropped the charges.

According to multiple media reports, Senatobia Superintendent Jay Foster says the school district withdrew the complaints Monday.

Foster says he wasn't trying to create a hardship for those arrested. He says he was protecting the rights of the class of 2015 and future Senatobia High School graduating classes.

He says in the past, out-of-control cheering meant some families couldn't hear graduates' names called or see them receive their diploma.

He says the misdemeanor disturbing-the-peace charges were filed because people disobeyed repeated instructions to hold cheers at the May 21 event.

The charges carry a fine of up to $500 and jail time of up to six months.

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  • Magnus

    The dude is a jerk, the charges should never have been pressed to begin with. If you want people to hold cheering, it would be better to CCTV the whole thing and let people watch from home, then they can cheer all they want and no one would be disturbed.

    Seriously, stupid. I wonder how much bad press the guy got and how many emails/phone calls for his stupidity.