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12-Year-Old Missouri Student Barred from Reading Bible in School

  • Carrie Dedrick
    Religious persecution, missions, Christianity around the world
  • 2015 Jan 08
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A 12-year-old Missouri student claims he was told to put away his Bible when he began reading it during classroom free time. Christian Today reports that Bueker Middle School seventh grader Loyal Grandstaff got out his Bible to read and was told to put it away by his teacher. 


Grandstaff said the teacher told him that he “doesn’t want me reading it in his class because he don’t believe it.” 


"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,” Grandstaff told WDAF-TV.


The student’s father, Justin Grandstaff said, "There's kids walking around disrespecting their teachers, kids walking around cussing and everything else, and they're practically getting into no trouble at all. I feel like it violated his freedom of religion but also his freedom of speech."


Bueker Middle School Principal Lance Tobin called the incident a “misunderstanding.”


“Bibles are not banned from school,” Tobin told Yahoo Parenting.



Publication date: January 8, 2015