Kentucky high school student denied diploma for going ‘off script’ to praise Jesus in graduation speech

A Kentucky high school student was denied his diploma for five days after he went “off script” during a graduation speech in which he praised Jesus Christ.

Micah Price spoke at the ceremony at Campbell County High School in Alexandria, KY on May 24, but the devoutly Christian young man strayed from the approved remarks in a passionate message of the importance of accepting the lord and Savior, receiving a rebuke from the school’s administration.

“Class, before another word leaves my mouth, I must give the honor, the praise, and the glory to my lord and savior Jesus Christ,” said Price, who was clad in a purple cap and gown at the event which was held at Northern Kentucky University’s Truist Arena, drawing cheers from the crowd.

“He is the light, he is the way, the truth, and the life,” he continued. “Class, everyone in the audience today, I’m here to tell you if you don’t have any of those things in your life, you can’t seem to find the answer, my lord and Savior is your answer he will give you the truth, the way and the life.”

(Video: YouTube/Local 12)

The school district had permitted Price to thank his “lord and savior Jesus Christ” but he was supposed to stick to the pre-approved script.

“After the speech was over, one of the principals came in, tapped me on the shoulder, very politely and professionally told me that I was going to have to go in front of the board and explain what I did because I went off script,” Price said in a video posted to TikTok.

“I don’t have a diploma, I’m not sure if everyone has theirs yet. So if you do, congrats. If you don’t, I’m right there with you,” he said. “I was told beforehand I wasn’t allowed to bring up Christ, the he is the way, the truth, and life in speech, I did anyways. I am in the wrong technically, because I went against Campbell County code, the rules.”

“Anyone that’s taking a hateful route to this I please ask just you know, take a chill pill, take a time out because in John 1, it talks about how it is absolutely impossible to say you’re a Christian if you don’t love your brother or your neighbor,” Price said, of people who may threaten school leaders.

“All speakers were told that going off their submitted speech, or any unplanned choices at graduation, may have repercussions as they would at any school function,” said Superintendent Shelli Wilson. “Off-program choices such as speech, signs, and caps in support of any cause or religion, injecting inappropriate language, or political election statements could lead to something other than this outpouring of Christian faith.”

“While I know, personally, that many of us are proud of this young man’s beliefs and are practicing Christians ourselves, the principal has to consider the possibilities of students going off the planned program,” Wilson added.

Price met with school officials five days to explain why he “veered” from his speech, and was given his diploma.

“I had that in my scripts,” Price explained to Local 12. “They said that it was a public institution and they did not want to divide their audience…I went against the rules, I should be punished.”

“But also, I can simply not enter a place or a building and not talk about my Savior and urge people to give their life to him,” he added.

Chris Donaldson

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