Last Thursday, a young Texas boy gave Americans who disdain their country and its Judeo-Christian underpinnings a shining example of what made the country great to begin with.

Royce Thompson was dropped of at his elementary school, Roy J. Wollam Elementary School in Santa Fe, Texas, and running so he wouldn’t be late for class, when he suddenly stopped.

As Royce’s mother, Heather Nelson, said later, other kids were running by him when Royce stood still. Nelson called to her son, “Royce … go … go,” but he wouldn’t move.

While Nelson walked to her son to urge him to move, a police officer who was near to Royce, Cibby Moore, could see clearly what was going on, and informed Nelson, “Mom he’s doing good. He stopped for the Pledge of Allegiance and now he’s praying,” noting organized prayer was not allowed in school. Nelson took a picture of him with her cell phone.

FOX 26 reported that Royce stopped to say the pledge because he heard it being recited from inside the school through the speakers outside.

Later, when he was interviewed by FOX 26, Royce said, “I said a prayer. Thank you God. Thank you for giving me a wonderful day.”

Moore told Fox 26, “I couldn’t believe that he acknowledged that that was a moment of, you know, you need to stop and do the pledge. And he just, he did. And he just ignored all the other kids around him and kept doing it. It was awesome.”

Although Royce’s actions were reported on as far way as China, and most comments were loving and congratulatory, on FOX 26’s Facebook page there were still some people who mocked what he did.