Don’t Prosecute Proud Family for Cheering at Graduation


Target: Mr. Jay Foster, Superintendent of the Senatobia School District

Goal: Drop outrageous charges against family that allegedly broke the silence to cheer for their daughter at graduation.

Three people are facing criminal charges for reportedly cheering as a family member crossed the stage during her high school graduation. The superintendent of the school district had asked people to hold their applause and cheering for the end, so the three did break a rule, but to press criminal charges for it and bring them to court seems like more than a little bit of an overreaction. Something must be done to prevent this tyrannical superintendent from ruining the lives of a family that was just proud of their family member.

The family knew that cheering was against the rules and also knew that they would be asked to leave the building for doing so. What they did not expect was to be charged with “disturbing the peace” and charged $500 in bonds to stay out of prison. These people are not criminals. They are a proud family that broke the rules at a high school graduation. How can this superintendent justify trying to get them locked up and forcing them to pay ridiculous legal fees?

This the vindictive work of someone who is not used to being told no. Asking people to hold their applause to the end of the ceremony is understandable. Asking someone who breaks that rule to leave is also, but trying to get them put in jail for defying you smacks of some serious control issues. Where does it end? If the superintendent thinks the opposing team’s cheering section is being too loud, can he get them locked up? Is enforcing the rules at a high school graduation so important that it warrants ruining the lives of a student and her entire family?

Something must be done in order to prevent these charges from harming the family for being proud of their family member. Please sign here to demand this tyrant of a superintendent drop his charges immediately.


Dear Superintendent Foster,

It has come to my attention that you have taken legal action against a family that allegedly broke the rules during a high school graduation ceremony that you presided over. Now, I know full well that rules are put in place for a reason and that is why I take no issue with you asking the family to leave the ceremony. My issue comes with you trying to get them sent to prison as some part of a personal vendetta.

These people are not criminals. I don’t understand how you think the legal system works, but you cannot just send anyone who doesn’t listen to you or do what you want to prison. Where does it end? What if the opposing team’s cheering section is too loud? Do they get sent to the lock-up too?

You cannot just bring legal action against someone because they broke your rules, your rules aren’t laws. Furthermore, your claims that this was all for the graduates clearly mean very little because you are literally ruining the life of one of those graduates with your selfish actions.

I am writing to ask you to drop the charges against this family immediately. Yes they broke your rules, yes making them leave was acceptable, but don’t ruin lives over it.


[Your Name Here]

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