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Racist School Superintendent?: Parents Issued Arrest Warrants for Cheering For Children at High School Graduation Ceremony

Power tripping superintendent, Jay Foster, inadvertently gave students a lesson on pointless criminalization and mass incarceration in America.
Power tripping superintendent, Jay Foster, inadvertently gave students
a lesson on pointless criminalization and mass incarceration in
America.
By Caitlin MacNeal
Four people were charged with disturbing the peace after cheering too loudly at a high school graduation ceremony in Senatobia, Miss., Memphis television station WREG reported on Tuesday.

Police at Northwest Mississippi Community College, where the ceremony was held, told WREG that Senatobia Municipal School District Superintendent Jay Foster, told attendees at the ceremony to refrain from cheering and applause until the end of the ceremony.

Four people, including Ursula Miller and Henry Walker (pictured below), both of whom are black, were asked to leave the ceremony after cheering on the graduates.

When Lanarcia Walker graduated, Miller yelled out her niece's name.
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"When she went across the stage I just called her name out. ‘Lakaydra’. Just like that," Miller told WREG.

Henry Walker received arrest warrant for cheering during graduation ceremony.
Henry Walker received arrest warrant for cheering during graduation
ceremony.
And Walker cheered and waved a towel as Lanarcia graduated, according to Lanarcia's mother, Linda Walker.

"He said ‘you did it baby’, waved his towel and went out the door," she said.

A few days after the ceremony, those asked to leave for cheering were served with arrest warrants.

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1 comment:

wipokuli said...

I see a connection to the Topic raised here: “The Hidden Seed of Racism”: http://wipokuli.wordpress.com/2013/07/07/the-hidden-seed-of-racism/
Andreas Schl├╝ter
Sociologist
Berlin, Germany

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