5 Questions for Roy Costner: SC Valedictorian Who Defied School Ban on Prayer at Graduation Talks Free Speech and Future Plans

Roy B. Costner IV delivered the valedictorian address at Liberty High School’s graduation ceremony as administrators watched in Clemson’s Littlejohn Coliseum on June 1, 2013. (Photo courtesy of Angie Costner)

Roy Costner IV, valedictorian of South Carolina’s Liberty High School, defied his school district’s ban on prayer and inserted the Lord’s Prayer into his graduation address to much applause from the audience. I asked him about the details behind his decision, how he is handling critics, and his future plans. When eighteen-year-old Roy Costner IV of Liberty, South Carolina first heard about the controversy over prayer at public school events in Pickens County several months ago, he was … [Read more...]


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