Graduation cheering leads to arrest warrants

 Four people in Mississippi had to learn a lesson the hard way: cheer on family and friends at graduation and get an arrest warrant for disturbing the peace.

After recently learning they're being threatened with jail time, the family of cheerers is speaking out about the ordeal saying the school is going way too far.

Senatobia Schools Superintendent Jay Foster says he feels high school graduations are about the kids, but over the past several years it's been the families and friends of the graduates who make the ceremonies unbearable.

"They yelled out and they excessively celebrated during the calling of names. Once they heard their graduates names called they celebrated that," said Foster. "When you make a conscious decision to disrupt that for that individual, what is too harsh?"

In an unprecedented move, Foster filed disturbing the peace complaints against four individuals who did not comply and arrest warrants have been issued. Some say that's too harsh.

Foster says he's received calls from all over the country and some people are making the issue about race. He tells FOX News reporter Marius Payton the black to white ratio is about 50-50 and that's the same ratio of those issued arrest warrants.

"This has nothing to do with race. There were 4 individuals who were asked to leave from the graduation ceremony. 2 were black and 2 were white and we have taken out arrest warrants on 3 of them and we are still seeking the name of the last individual so this has nothing to do with race," said Foster.
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