Valedictorian Roy Costner went off his preapproved speech and said the Lord's Prayer at the graduation ceremony of South Carolina's Liberty High School on Saturday (video below).
Costner was protesting the Pickens County School District’s decision to no longer include prayer at graduation ceremonies because of protests by atheists.
According to Christian News, Costner spoke about his Christian upbringing before saying the prayer.
“Those that we look up to, they have helped carve and mold us into the young adults that we are today," Costner said. "I’m so glad that both of my parents led me to the Lord at a young age. And I think most of you will understand when I say ... our Father, who art in Heaven, hallowed be Thy name.”
The audience erupted with cheers as he continued the prayer.
Costner concluded with: “For Thine is the Kingdom and the power and the glory, forever and ever. Amen.”
“The bottom line is, we’re not going to punish students for expressing their religious faiths,” Pickens County School District spokesman John Eby told Christian News. “He’s a graduate now. There’s nothing we can do about it, even if we wanted to.”
Source: Christian News