ACLU responds to action against Senatobia family cheering at gra - - Jackson, MS

ACLU responds to action against Senatobia family cheering at graduation

 The American Civil Liberties Union of Mississippi has responded to the criminal action taken against a family cheering at Senatobia High School's graduation ceremony.

"The First Amendment of the United States Constitution clearly prohibits the making of any law that would impede the freedom of speech," said ACLU Legal Director Charles Irvin. "Citizens should be able to enjoy the right of free speech, especially at a congratulatory event, like a high school graduation. The action of charging the family with disturbing the peace by Senatobia Municipal School District Superintendent Jay Foster infringed upon the family's exercise of this right."

Henry Walker couldn't restrain himself during the graduation. He cheered when his little sister walked out, only to be arrested for disturbing the peace. Two others were also arrested.

"The cheering by the family does not qualify as a disturbance of the peace and should not have elicited a criminal response," added Irvin. "Additionally, the family's celebration was not calculated to provoke a breach of the peace, nor would it have led to a breach of the peace.

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