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High school valedictorian defies his school's prayer ban whipping up -- pre approved graduation speech and going with this instead.
Jane is right now is -- Costner the fourth is that correct its man all right good to see you right it is the -- that's a brave move how did you decide to do the lord's prayer instead of finishing your.
Valedictorian speech well.
After a lot -- we had a lot.
Of controversy or school from.
Different types of organizations as ACLU and freedom from religion contact in a few months back -- letters of intent for lawsuits because it frame before school board meetings.
The district then contacted their attorneys in the south on state attorney contacted him saying you need to get rid of it we need to have a moment -- or sectarian prayer.
And with this they came along.
-- kind of sparked up or community or communities we -- of christianity say you had a meeting with the -- for your gonna give speeches and as a -- to orient and she said look you can't.
I don't care who you talk about hollow or god or Jesus or whomever which can't do it right at that point you decided what -- -- We've got a such import -- alive I feel like we've we've taken out of school -- -- hurt the school more than help but I've noticed this past year.
More types of arguments what types of fights going on that I think can be prevented with.
Bringing god back into school so here's what your school set about a Pickens County school district statement the bottom line is we're not going to punish students for expressing their religious faith.
He's a graduate now there's nothing we can do about it.
Even if we wanted to your response.
Well I'm very happy they're not going to -- I got up on stage I was extremely nervous because I had no idea what kind of reaction -- have.
As you say in the media as a ripped up my speech I was very scared because they I notice that behind me they were -- they're trying to heads down because they're scared.
What might actually say on now in another school administrator behind you there on the -- Ryan -- -- woman wants these excess superintendent who smiled -- concept of prayer.
Did you have a chance to speak to -- after so with -- -- -- Due to their positions it all -- to say whether they.
Enjoyed it or not they just said I respect you -- what you did.
Well you and I have a lot in common I was also valedictorian and I also believe in standing up for what you believe and -- -- -- -- makes you better role model for your eventual children that you have as well.
Where it costs and the fourth congratulations I think -- for taking a stand thank you have a great some heated.
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