A Florida Public School Valedictorian Quotes Scripture, Fuels Debate
By BARBARA PINTO
May 31, 2007 – TheScroogeReport.com Post
JACKSONVILLE, Florida – High school valedictorian Shannon Spaulding never expected her graduation speech to create such debate.
But the blond honors student, who graduated at the top of her 383-member class at Wolfson High in Jacksonville, Fla., gave a valedictory speech that some said sounded more like a sermon.
For nearly 20 minutes, Spaulding quoted the Bible and spoke about Jesus Christ, suggesting that those who didn’t believe would go to hell. “I want to tell you that Jesus Christ can give you eternal life in heaven,” Spaulding said. “If we die with that sin on our souls, we will immediately be pulled down to hell to pay the eternal price for our sins ourselves.”
“I guess I don’t totally understand why it’s such a big deal,” she said.