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Kentucky graduate Micah Price mentioned Jesus Christ in his speech

A Northern Kentucky high school student’s graduation speech sparked debate this weekend after he urged his classmates to seek Jesus Christ as “your answer” to “the way, the truth and the life.”

He did not receive his diploma and was asked to meet with his school principal for adding the religious message to his pre-approved speech, according to videos he posted on TikTok.

Micah Price said online: “I was told in advance not to bring up Christ. … I did anyway.”

He graduated May 24 from Campbell County High School in Alexandria, about 30 minutes south of Cincinnati. The high school, which has about 1,500 students, is drawn from a predominantly suburban and rural part of the county.

Price said in his speech: “Class, before another word shall come out of my mouth, I must give the honor, the praise and the glory to my lord and savior Jesus Christ, who in his words tells us that he is the light . is the way, the truth and the life. Class, everyone in the audience today, I’m here to tell you that if you don’t have any of these things in your life and can’t seem to find the answer, then my answer. lord and savior is your answer.”

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After graduating from Northern Kentucky University’s Truist Arena, he said an assistant principal told him he needed to speak to the district school board about what he did because he had gone “off-script” during the speech.

“I went against school policy and rules. I went against that because I serve a higher power because I serve Christ. I only follow God,” he said in a TikTok on Sunday. “So if anyone is wrong, it’s me. I deserve to be punished.’

He went on to say that he’s not sure if it’s normal for him to not receive a diploma days after graduating.

Courtney Sauerbeck, director of schools and community educators for the district, did not respond to a phone call and emailed questions from The Enquirer.

However, Superintendent Shelli Wilson told Local 12 in a statement that Price could thank his “lord and savior Jesus Christ” at the beginning of the speech. But he added statements telling his classmates to seek God.

“All speakers were advised that deviation from their submitted speech, or unplanned choices at graduation, could have consequences as with any school assembly,” Wilson said in the statement to Local 12.

‘Take a chill pill’

A video of Price’s speech was posted and shared online and hundreds of people responded to the controversy.

“This is an amazing young man who had the courage to come out and do what most adults are afraid to do! He will be rewarded for sharing the good news of Jesus!” said one Facebook commenter.

‘Send your children to a religious school if you want them to be able to talk freely about your god and all that. This is a public school. In any case, I don’t want to listen to the talk of any religion at my son’s graduation ceremony. I fucking know Well if this student was Muslim and praying y’all would go crazy,” wrote another.

In other comments, people urged the public to attend the next Campbell County Board of Education meeting on June 17 at 6 p.m. at the Alexandria Education Center to support Price.

On Monday, Price posted an update on TikTok saying he is going to get his degree and doesn’t have to talk to the board about the incident anymore.

“I was on the phone today and the director (Holly Phelps) told me it would be just me and her, with no board,” he said.

The recent graduate said the situation has “gotten out of control” and urged people not to call the school or attend the next board meeting. He also indicated that people may have threatened school officials because of his speech.

“Anyone who’s calling certain people and saying they might blow up their house or something – I don’t know – but anyone who’s taking a hateful route into this, I ask that you please just take a cold pill and just take a timeout takes,” he said. said.

According to a Facebook post from his mother, Melonie Neely Farris, Price plans to join the U.S. Air Force.

She wrote: “Micah is called to do what we are all called to do: share the love of Christ, that is exactly what he did and the way I heard things, the entire audience loved it!”

Neither Price nor his mother responded to online requests for comment from The Enquirer.

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