A news report of a 12-year-old boy not being allowed to read his Bible at a school in Marshall, Missouri, has apparently been debunked.
The parents of Loyal Grandstaff claimed their son's teacher told him he couldn't read the Bible during his free time while at Bueker Middle School (video below).
“I like to read my Bible because it’s a good book,” Loyal told Fox4KC. “I was just reading because I had free time. A time to do what I wanted to, so I just broke it out and read."
“I feel like it violated not only his freedom of religion but also his freedom of speech,” said Justin Grandstaff, Loyal’s father. “There’s kids walking around disrespecting their teachers, you know, kids walking around cussing and everything else and they’re practically getting in no trouble at all."
Lance Tobin, principal of Bueker Middle School, told TheBlaze that the incident didn't happen and students are allowed to read their Bibles in school.
“We just all agreed and we talked about school and religion,” Tobin said. “And I wanted to make sure that they were comfortable understanding that their child could have the Bible at school and could read the Bible at school.
“There is no teacher involved whatsoever,” added Tobin.
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“The incident was never validated,” Tobin told the The Christian Post. “Fox 4 News ran the report before we had the chance to look into the incident ourselves. All is good at BMS!”