Warrants issued for people who cheered at high school graduation

Wait, what?

SENATOBIA, Miss. — Several people who cheered for family members at a recent high school graduation ceremony are now facing charges for “disturbing the peace.”

Police at Northwest Mississippi Community College, where Senatobia High School’s graduation ceremony was held, said the superintendent asked the crowd not to scream and to hold their applause until the end. Linda Walker, Ursula Miller and two other people were asked to leave the ceremony because they were screaming and cheering.

“When she went across the stage I just called her name out. ‘Lakaydra’. Just like that,” Ursula Miller told WREG.

Miller said she was then asked to leave the graduation. A few weeks later, she was served papers.

John Steinbeck’s ‘Of Mice and Men’ survives censorship attempt in Idaho

Idiots still doing everything in their power to try to stop people from reading:

John Steinbeck’s classic 1937 novella “Of Mice and Men” won’t be banned from Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, classrooms after all. The city’s school board voted Monday to keep the book as part of the ninth-grade school curriculum, disappointing community members who wanted it restricted to “voluntary, small-group discussion,” reports the Spokesman-Review of Spokane, Wash.

The vote to preserve the book was 4 to 1. School board trustee Tom Hearn praised the decision, saying: “We need to trust the judgment of our English teachers to use this book wisely, as we have since 2002.”

The book was challenged last month by community members, including Mary Jo Finney, who said the novella “is neither a quality story nor a page turner.” She and others objected to profanity in the book, including “bastard” and “God damn,” and found the novella, set in California during the Great Depression, too “negative” and “dark.”

Wild Animals in Africa React to a Giant Mirror

There can be no better or worse sight than your own reflection, but these vain animals seemed very keen to admire themselves.

Innovative French photographer Xavier Hubert Brierre travelled to Gabon with his wife and set up a mirror in several locations in order to capture animals walking by.

The results are stunning, with one of the more amusing reactions being from two leopards.

One of them takes several looks at the mirror before it is attacked by a second leopard, who calls off the ambush when he too spots Xavier’s mirror.

(via Laughing Squid)