Valedictorian Rips up Approved Speech on Stage, Recites the Lord’s Prayer at Graduation

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At a South Carolina high school graduation, the valedictorian’s speech began as planned but suddenly became a religious sermon in spite of his school district’s recent ban of prayers at school gatherings.

Roy Costner IV, the top graduate of Pickens County, South Carolina’s Liberty High School submitted one speech for approval prior to the recent ceremony, but ended up tearing it up before a shocked crowd and giving an altogether different address. But it wasn’t entirely impromptu.

‘Obviously I didn’t do my job well enough,’ Costner said after telling the crowd his speech had been approved by faculty. ‘We’re going to have to use a different one. Who cares?’

Then he ripped his speech in two.

‘Those that we look up to, they have helped carve and mold us into the young adults that we are today,’ he began again. ‘I’m so glad that both of my parents led…

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