Charges dropped against family members cheering at graduation

Many people leave a graduation ceremony with a diploma or a bouquet of flowers, but in one Mississippi school district, some celebrating family members left with charges pending.

In Senatobia, Mississippi, Superintendent Jay Foster filed charges against family members for disturbing the peace days after the graduation because he was angry attendees didn't follow his rules and hold their applause until the end of the ceremony.

Four people were served warrants as a result of cheering for their loved ones.

Foster dropped the charges on Monday, but the family members who were charged say damage has already been done.

"He gave me a bad name like I'm a hoodlum or like I'm a delinquent or something," said Henry Walker. "And the way people look at me and the way people approach me now is different than the way it was before."

Superintendent Foster said last week the charges were far from ridiculous, and he's determined to have order at graduation ceremonies.

He has not said why he changed his mind and dropped the charges.

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