Roy Costner IV wrote a speech for his graduation, submitted it to the school for approval and was prepared to read it to the crowd at this week's Commencement ceremony. But the South Carolina valedictorian stunned everyone when he tore up his prepared words and recited the Lord's Prayer instead. "I’m so glad that both of my parents led me to the Lord at a young age," he said before starting the prayer, his words quickly drowned out by the crowd's cheers. Costner was reportedly protesting the of the Pickens County School District’s decision not to include prayers at this year's graduation ceremonies, after they had received complaints from several atheist groups. A district spokesman said Costner wouldn't face disciplinary action. "We’re not going to punish students for expressing their religious faith," he said.
Several YouTube videos of the event have gone viral: