Missouri Middle School Student Prohibited from Reading Bible During Free Time

GrandstaffMARSHALL, Mo. — A middle school student is Missouri states that he was told by one of his teachers last month that he wasn’t allowed to read his Bible during free class time.

Loyal Grandstaff, 12, is a seventh grade student at Bueker Middle School in Marshall, and last month, he found himself with some free time during one of his classes, so he took out his Bible and began to read it silently to himself.

“I was just reading,” he told local television station WDAF. “I was reading because I had free time. I had time to do what I wanted to, so I just broke it out and read.  … I like to read my Bible because it’s a good book.”

But Grandstaff’s teacher, whose name has not yet been released, reportedly told the student that he could not read his Bible in class, even during free time.

“He doesn’t want me reading it in his class because he doesn’t believe in it,” Grandstaff said. “Because he feels like he’s shut down.”

The middle school student’s father said that he believe his son was wrongfully prohibited from reading the Bible in class just because it was a Bible.

“I feel like it violated his freedom of religion but also his freedom of speech,” Justin Grandstaff told reporters. “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.”

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Principal Lance Tobin has stated that he will look into the matter as Bibles are not banned on campus. He was to have spoken with Grandstaff’s father on Tuesday.

As previously reported, last January, a student from Michigan was likewise advised that he could not read his Bible during free time at school. Jessica Cross of Dearborn Heights told WJBK that her autistic son, Jason, would frequently take his Bible to Highview Elementary. But last year, school officials reprimanded Jason for bringing the Bible to school, telling him, “it’s only for church—not school.” Jason was then told not to bring his Bible to class anymore.

In April, officials at an elementary school in Texas launched an investigation after a teacher allegedly banned a second grader from reading the Bible during “Read to Myself” time. And in May, fifth grader Giovanni Rubeo, who attends Park Lakes Elementary School in Lauderdale Lakes, Florida, said he was likewise prohibited from reading the Bible during his designated reading period. His teacher, Swornia Thomas, then called Rubeo’s father.

“Giovanni called you because I asked him to. I noticed that he has a book—a religious book—in the classroom. He’s not permitted to read those books in my classroom,” a voicemail message from Thomas stated. “He said, if I told him to put it away—you said not to do that. So, please give me a call; I need to have some understanding on direction to him about the book he’s reading as opposed to the curriculum for public school.”

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  • Gary

    Looks like this is a problem in several areas of the country. Teachers should be told they have no authority to issue such instructions to students. And if they continue to do it, they will be punished. After being warned, if they continue, withholding a week’s pay might be appropriate.

    • RDH1988

      you are right, this is what SHOULD be done…but it won’t because it goes against the grain of the “new” America…and teachers are their chosen missionaries…woe to these evil ministers of the fallen one.

  • Neiman

    Islam is the religion of peace and must be tolerated according to the government and Christians are terrorists and should be silenced, America is officially atheist, so what else can your expect.

    • Oboehner

      “…the book he’s reading as opposed to the curriculum for public school.” That speaks volumes right there. Their evolutionism religion is acceptable however.

  • The Lone Ranger

    Everyone who can should take their Bible to this man’s class and read it. He may teach others how to read. However because of what others have done he can teach to read in English, this man needs to learn to thank God for diversity.

  • Galaxy Cat

    We should pray for this teacher, he may be in danger of punishments accorded to those whom harm or hinder “the little ones”.

  • Rob T

    Thank goodness for the ACLU, which protects the rights of children to read the Bible at school. Hopefully they’ll step in here, too. http://www.aclu[dot]org/religion-belief/aclu-tn-protects-students-right-read-bible-school

  • Truthhurts24

    America has officially lost it and has gone totally over to Satan.
    Pslms 9:17 And the wicked shall be turned into Hell and all nations that forget God!

  • Joe Rivera

    Alot of teachers seem to be against God. and for only allowing the teaching of the Koran beliefs. not realizing that if sharia law takes control of our country they will be executed for their liberal beliefs that are not allow in Arab countries. In addition, they are teaching a belief that our great country is the center of all evil. America is the “Land of Milk and Honey”, and the “Land of Opportunity”. Liberals should try living in the poor countries of the world, so they can get a better perspective of their world point of view. They will find out that the majority of their poor citizens want to come to America, where dreams can come true, if you work hard enough.

    • RDH1988

      Isaiah Chapter 5 being fulfilled…evil and righteousness have traded places!

  • James Grimes

    The school district will back down. They will play the bluff game first, offer a statement that says nothing, then back down. It’s the way it goes.

  • The Last Trump

    You know, if there wasn’t a single other sign out of the ridiculous number of signs that we were living in the very end of the “last days,” this sign in particular, would be enough to get my undivided attention. This organized effort, that is now worldwide in its scope, to censor and ban the Bible from every public arena, and incredibly, even PRIVATE study groups!?, particularly IN CHRISTIAN NATIONS!? should signal to all people that something is amiss here….The Bible! The Bible is considered “bad”! Just try to wrap your head around that for a second. Even if you are an atheist. The BIBLE is considered a BAD influence today!? Wow. How far we have strayed…..The fact that people are working tirelessly to keep Bibles out of our hands in this bankrupt and immoral society should make you want one even more! What are these militant atheists so afraid of anyway? Can’t allow anybody to read a simple book that’s “full of errors” from a God that they “know” doesn’t exist. Why would anybody be afraid of THAT!

    Oh yeah. It’s bothersome and unprecedented track record. The number one book in distribution every single year since books have been in print, this book has stood the test of time and outlasted all of its critics. And proved Itself unparalleled as a driving force for good in positively transforming lives and civilizing humanity. Yeah, don’t let anybody read THAT! Ridiculous. Send your kids to institutions of higher learning where, for some bizarre reason, books like THAT are absolutely off limits! Makes a lot of sense doesn’t it? Exactly. When things don’t add up there’s generally a very good reason. Read your Bibles while you can folks. Before it’s too late.

    • RDH1988

      persecution only strengthens the church…it weeds out the false believers and forces us to make a stand or stand down

  • RDH1988

    America is only going the way of Bible prophecy, which is terribly sad, but it is prophecy being fulfilled in our time…never thought I’d live to see this happen here…lift up your heads…soon all will be made rightt

  • Brian Paille

    I don’t see a problem with it. Kids can read any other fictional book, so why not that one?

    • Frank

      The Bible is a collection of 66 different books. There are a variety of genres within it including historical narrative, poetry, songs, wisdom sayings and apocalyptic. I have studied the New Testament as part of a Postgraduate History course at a secular university. Your comment comparing the whole Bible to other fiction books demonstrates a profound ignorance about the type of texts the Bible contains.

      • Brian Paille

        I’m sorry. Let me rephrase that…

        Kids can read other collections of fictional stories and other crap.


        It’s still made up no matter what you want to call it. Perhaps you should have invested that time and money studying something worthwhile. Sorry about your loss, though.

        • Frank

          No Brian – its actually worse. When you describe historical texts as ‘other crap’ you are demonstrating further ignorance. This time you are demeaning the value of historical study. Again you are wrong when you say that history is made up – that is what distinguishes it from fiction. Rather than being concerned about what studies I spend my money on, if you so feel the need to make public online comments on these issues, go and spend some money and do some study yourself so you can actually become informed rather than just opinionated. As a former atheist I actually used to think like you… and then I did some reading and noticed that many scholars and intellectuals believe that the New Testament documents are historically reliable. I’m not sure what your scholarly credentials are, but I’ll go with the experts for now.

          • Joey Navis

            what scholars and intellectuals are u referring to??? reliable??? not saying that they don’t have value,,, but historically reliable?? source that pleze

          • Frank

            Hi Joey. I’ll give you a few to get started with. Dr John Dickson (Ancient History) – his book The Christ Files is a great place to start for beginners in this area, Professor Richard Bauckham (New Testament Studies) – His book Jesus and the Eyewitnesses is very highly regarded, Professor Craig Evans, Professor Craig Blomberg and two other noteworthy scholars – there are more I could give if you wanted. There are also other scholars from different fields who have recognised the reliability of the New Testament. Sir William Ramsey (archaeologist who was originally a sceptic about the New Testament but his excavations led him to accept the reliability of the New Testament). C.S. Lewis academic in Literature and Philosophy who was a former atheist and then became a Christian after close study of the New Testament texts Lewis was an expert in mythology and could see clearly that the New Testament texts were not of that genre. John Lennox professor of Mathematics and Philosophy at Oxford. Francis Collins Biologist and Head of the Human Genome Project and another former atheist.

  • BarkingDawg

    Maybe he was reading Ezekiel 23?

  • You *do* know that this is a lie that kid made up, right?

  • Sparky

    I’d bet these were younger teachers not long out of college. I may be wrong but college is a great place to loose your faith in God. No wonder Obama wants more kids to go there. They may be surprised to learn that the Bible was a textbook in early public school. The problem is the progressives have been re-writing American history for the past 100 years.
    This is also why we’re homeschooling our youngest son with curriculum from Liberty Academy, a good Christian academy.