So this happened:
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 ..., 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.
"When she went across the stage I just called her name out. ‘Lakaydra’. Just like that," Miller told WREG....
A few days after the ceremony, those asked to leave for cheering were served with arrest warrants.
Foster ..., who is white, pressed disturbing the peace charges against the attendees by filing an affidavit with the county Justice Court, which issued arrest warrants...
Does that strike you as harsh? Uncalled for? Appalling?
Over at Free Republic, it strikes most commenters as perfectly reasonable:
Besides all the queers coming out at Graduation, we now have this.
Is it too much to ask that Graduation Ceremonies be held with dignity and decency?
“I can understand they can escort me out of the graduation, but to say they are going to put me in jail for it,” Miller said. “What else are they allowed to do?”
Actually Mr.Miller, it would behoove you to understand
what ELSE you aren’t allowed to do.
When questioning authority leads to arrest,
you know things have gone too far.
Exuberance is fine but there is a certain type of person who in a public place has no idea how to shut their mouth or be quiet.
In the middle of a quiet movie, and certainly at a graduation.
Easy solution: pass out the diplomas in order of GPA; highest to lowest, that will guarantee these people will be last.
And yes if you're wondering whether the Freepers go there, well, of course they do:
Another “guess the demographic.” What’s the statistic- 10% of the population? And about 9% aren’t fit for civil society. I’m getting jaded in my old age.
Mmmmm Lakaydra that right there describes the demographic! They have a problem! When I walk in a restaurant I turn around and walk out if the demographic is the same! For some reason they have to be loud and annoying in any setting.
Went to my sons college graduation last month and sat in front of several girls who cheered loudly for every black girl graduate. They were so loud I was deaf in one year for a day and it was very painful. Although arrest is too overboard, I would have been pleased if there was an intervention.
Certain groups of people think that they don’t have to obey whitey’s rules.
A few people actually notice that this is the heavy hand of government they claim to hate ("Cheering an authoritarian state is an activity you should reserve for a socialist website"), but they're in the minority so far. Ladies and gentlemen, your modern conservative movement.
Crossposted at No More Mr. Nice Blog