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Missouri Kids Claim That He Couldnt Read His Bible At School Falls Apart Under Scrutiny (VIDEO)


Fresh on the heels of the annual Fox News War On Christmas, came the following story out of Missouri.

Parents say teacher violated sons rights by not allowing him to read Bible in class, shouts the headline on the website of Fox affiliate WDAF, from Kansas City, Missouri. The website shows that the report has been shared on Facebook over 10,000 times.

The story, by reporter Monica Evans, was picked up by a variety of media outlets, including the usual suspects, such as Fox News Insider, as well as some mainstream outlets, like The Inquisitr. Now the principal of the boys middle school has investigated, and he says there is no evidence that the story is even true.

Twelve year old Loyal Grandstaff told WDAF that he took his Bible to school before Christmas break, so he could read it during free reading time. Grandstaff said that he wasnt sharing the Bible with other students, and he wasnt reading it aloud, but that his teacher told him that the Bible wasnt allowed in school.

He doesnt want me reading it in his class because he dont believe it, because he feels like hes shutdown, Loyal said.

The schools principal investigates, and finds the story questionable.

Lance Tobin, the principal of Bueker Middle School, in Marshall, Missouri, says he investigated the alleged incident, and found no evidence that the story is true. According to the The Blaze, Tobin said, The incident was never validated. Fox 4 News ran the report before we had the chance to look into the incident ourselves. There is no teacher involved whatsoever.

Tobin would not speculate on potential motives for Loyal Grandstaff and his family to make such a claim. He says that the incident has now been concluded, after meeting with Loyal and his parents.

We just all agreed and we talked about school and religion. 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.

The most shameful part of this entire story is that, as of this writing, the original story remains on the WDAF website, as well as on Fox News Insider. There are no updates or corrections to either report.

Here is the original, discredited story, from WDAF:

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  • danielistical

    He could not bring in playboy or any other BANNED book,either wheather he was sharing it with someone or not,,,

    if you are a SATANIST

    if you are a CHRISTIAN

    if you are a MUSSLIM

    keep your phony baloney religious superstition OUT OF MY CHILDS
    SCHOOL,,,,,reason why conditioning minor children into and
    superstitious/religious belief should be a felony. It is child abuse and
    destroys ability to think critically for life.

    Religion is the biggest mental illness that is left untreated in human

    • liberaland

      They are not teaching it … the parents beliefs are that he should be able to read it. I am opposed that our schools have banned books not just the bible from our school shelves. Our children should have a well rounded education. Danielistical, do you have children? Do they watch cartoons, they are the worst In my opinion (some of them… )

      • danielistical

        Cartoons are FAKE and there is no disagreement on that,,,,all the different bibles are FAKE ,,and there is some disagreement on that,,depending on who you talk too,,,,,,,

        Children exposed to religion have difficulty
        distinguishing fact from fiction: researchers
        By Scott Kaufman Friday, July 18, 2014

        A study published in the July issue of Cognitive Science determined
        that children who are not exposed to religious stories are better able to tell
        that characters in fantastical stories are fictional whereas children
        raised in a religious environment even approach unfamiliar, fantastical
        stories flexibly.

        Judgments About Fact and Fiction by Children From Religious and Nonreligious
        Backgrounds, Kathleen Corriveau, Eva Chen, and Paul Harris demonstrate that
        children typically have a sensitivity to the implausible or magical elements
        in a narrative, and can determine whether the characters in the narrative are
        real or fictional by references to fantastical elements within the narrative,
        such as invisible sails or a sword that protects you from danger every

        children raised in households in which religious narratives are frequently
        encountered do not treat those narratives with the same skepticism. The authors
        believed that these children would think of them as akin to fairy tales,
        judging the events described in them as implausible or magical and conclude
        that the protagonists in such narratives are only pretend.

        Religion is the biggest mental
        illness that is left untreated in human existence.

        reason why conditioning minor
        children into and superstitious/religious belief should be a felony. It is
        child abuse and destroys ability to think critically for life.

        • Nobody important

          Yes because non religious people have all the answers and know it all. You are so full of shit. You really dont need to be insulting about it. I have not abused my children at all and how dare you accuse those of faith of hurting their children. You are really going to far with that. Many kids go on to college and do have the ability to think critically even if they have faith. Narrow minded people who judge others and condemn them are also lacking in my opinion. And yes I know I am doing that to you but you opened up this can of worms.

          • danielistical

            Nothing has caused more bloodshed on earth than
            religion,, My god said you deserve to die because of your God,, From the
            Crusades, to the jihad, Most religions are dipped in BLOOD,,,,,,,,Michell Bachman… Rick Perry,,and Herman Cain all three claim,, that God told them to become president,,,,,IF HE DID,, does that mean he was just messin with two of them,,,???, What if God told one of these guys he should shoot a missile at someone? You know how worked up God gets! That guys capable of anything/. Not to mention hes always so short of cash, I dont know why so many people put their faith in someone whos so bad with money!

          • acer5200

            People like you are the reason nobody likes Atheists.

            Also, mashing George Carlin bits with other nonsense isnt that funny. Nice try though.

          • danielistical

            NEWSFLASH BRAINBOY,,,George Carlin is DEAD,and he is not in the post either,,,,,TURN OFF FIX NEWS and grow a brain

          • acer5200

            Did you mean Faux News?

            And that entire rant I just replied to was a Carlin bit, minus the small dig at Bachmann and her ilk. Again, nice try dingus.

          • Cat L

            Please dont lump all atheists together. If youre saying you dislike all atheists because of his behavior, then you are no better.

          • acer5200

            Im an Atheist myself, but people like him give Atheists a bad rep.

          • Cat L

            He is obviously a very angry atheist. Its understandable since religion causes so much grief, but also a shame. We can get a lot more done without all that anger.

          • 9beentheredonethat9

            Who says nobody likes atheists? Rush Limbaugh? Id say nobody likes dramatic overstaters,

          • ikeamonkey89

            Im an atheist, and people love me

          • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1017406278 NoNoBadKitty

            Dont confuse Athiests with Anti-theists. Athiests choose a path and follow it, like Christians and Jews and Hindus and Wiccans and etcetera. Anti-theists are loudly and obnoxiously against the idea of a deity for anyone. People dont dislike Athiests, they dislike arrogant big mouthed bullies who cant mind their own business.

          • Ivan DeGrimm

            You are the reason christianity is dying and atheism is exploding.

          • acer5200

            Is it safe to assume you didnt read the rest of the comment thread?

          • Gary Scheuer

            As I stated in a previous comment, the problem is not religion, its ideology. Theyre not always the same thing. The communist takeover in China is a good example of secular ideology for lack of a better term.
            The more stupid Liberal/Conservative extremists are a milder (for the most part) example also.
            Any philosophical, religious or political affiliation that tells you what to think is a bad thing.

          • Diz

            No, non-religious people dont claim to have all the answers. Its the religious people that do that.

          • JamieHaman

            Did you even look at the study he posted? No?? Why am I not surprized.

        • superbatflashlantern

          Dude… for reals? You know what I think is the biggest untreated disease amongst humans? The inability to quit being giant dicks to each other and everything else.

          • danielistical

            childs mother urged him to ask Perry about evolution. I hear your mom
            was asking about evolution and, you know, its a theory thats out there,
            Perry told the boy. Its got some gaps in it, but in Texas we teach both
            creationism and evolution in our public schools, because I figure youre smart
            enough to figure out which one is right. If Perry is correct about Texas
            schools teaching creationism and evolution side-by-side, however, the public
            schools in his states would be violating federal law.

            The Supreme Court in 1987 ruled in Edwards v. Aguillard that teaching
            creationism in public schools violates the Constitutions Establishment Clause
            and by moving public school funds over to religious schools. Teach the
            children how the loch ness monster was saved by Noahs Ark and Earth was made
            in 7 days (including rest). Our students will be laughed at throughout the
            world. Just look at the lack of empathy, compassion for children, disabled, and
            for those without insurance. Too bad we cant legislate morality. At a time
            when American students science and math tests scores rank near the bottom of
            industrialized countries, the last thing we need is another roadblock to
            preparing our children for success.

            reason why conditioning minor children into
            and superstitious/religious belief should be a felony. It is child abuse and
            destroys ability to think critically for life.

          • superbatflashlantern

            No, it sure as hell does not. I was raised LDS and Im probably one of the most efficiency and logic oriented people in my circle of friends (who, by the way are all incredibly non-religious). What destroys critical thinking is not allowing the exercise thereof everyone I know encourages their kids to ask those questions and look for answers themselves. What destroys critical thinking is shoving everyone into a single box.
            I think creationism is stupid, oh well, as long as its out of the freaking science classes then it doesnt really matter, its not hurting you any if some one believes in fairies, ghosts or angels as long as they arent stabbing you for it. So just chill man, I mean, conditioning minors into anything could be considered child abuse but thats exactly what public school has always done were all conditioned to be wage-slaves from the minute we enter school, deal with it.
            In conclusion; zealots are always wrong. The end.

          • Gary Scheuer

            Its not religion, its ideology that ruins minds. Theyre not always the same.

          • superbatflashlantern

            Yeah, unrelenting enforcement of any ideology, is that not what I said?

            Zealots are always wrong, doesnt matter what theyre zealots for.

          • Gary Scheuer

            Im agreeing with you. The extreme ends of the political spectrum also tend to be zealots for their ideology.
            Ideology kills reason.
            The absence of reason breeds monsters.

          • superbatflashlantern

            Well thats good then >.> therefore let us go forth to slay these monsters with coffee and books! But not shoddy books like pro/anti religious carp.

          • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1017406278 NoNoBadKitty

            I think I love you.

          • superbatflashlantern

            Aw, thank you!

      • Cynthia Davis

        Then WHY would this local Missouri school district BAN classics like Dantes writings along with several other novels that conflicted with fundamentalist Christian teachings?

    • Nobody important

      Well I hope you dont claim to be open minded because you are not. You dont have to believe in any religion but you deem it worthy of insults and claiming it to be a mental illness. Who are you to decide who is ill and who isnt? Do you have a medical degree? NO… well then shut up. I agree with separation of church and state. Nobody should force anything on anyone like that. But religious freedom is still guaranteed whether you like it or not.

      • 9beentheredonethat9

        Do you have a medical degree? NO… well then shut up.Nobaody important demanded. LOL…do you have a degree in monitoring???? NO…well then, shut up. It is, after all, a comment board…DUH

      • JamieHaman

        You agree with the separation of church and state? Good for you.
        Are you now going to claim that religious terrorists are sane individuals?
        Do you think you need a medical degree to decide?

      • dzerres

        You can and are free to follow a mythology: we are free to call it a mental illness.

  • hardwroc

    You can expect this story to be repeated and referred to for years to come.

  • Mike List

    Im not a bible believer, but under CERTAIN CIRCUMSTANCES I dont have a problem with the bible being carried/read in schools. If a student reads it quietly furing free time, he ought to be allowed. If he proselytizes or uses it to demonstrate his godliness, he should not. If he keeps it out and visible on his desk at all times, he should not. This isnt difficult, you have a right to religion, and you also have a right to be free of religious coercion.

    Also, shouting god bless you when someone sneezes in class is not protected religious expression, thats disruptive behavior.

  • Ron Gilbertson

    This story is a bunch of crap. His parents set him up…he doesnt even make sense about why he loves to read his bible. BULLSHIT!!!

    • Kathleen

      They were probably hoping to sue. They both need the money for dental work.

  • Ole Man

    Posters are missing the point. Young man and his parents arent very good Christians: they lied!

    • that1irishmate

      Right…and Christians never lie. Lulz

  • James Worcester

    Righty Fundamendalists lying? Go figure.

    • Cat L

      Imagine that! LOL

  • katgal1232

    There are plenty of private schools for those that are religious.

  • Justin Brown

    The kid probably hears aboutchristian persecutionfrom his parents all the time,thats been very popular for quite a few years now,I even have relatives who whine about it.The kid obviously wanted attention and praise from his parents and decided to play the martyr.The sad part is how quick everyone was to believe the little boy crying wolf,never even asked the teacher or principal what actually happened and all of the fundie fox crowd ate it up like pablum.I would hate to be as persecuted as christians in America,theyre only 85%of the population and 99.9%of our lawmakers,poor poor persecuted minority.Boo Hoo!

  • Diz

    Dont the Bible say you aint posed to lie. kid?

  • Naxx1978

    I really cant stand that the same sheep that use to swallow up Christianity are are now sheeping over to the atheist side. You can always tell who they are by their derogatory comments and the way they feels justified by telling others what to do or believe. Seriously just because someone doesnt believe the same things as you doesnt mean you have to go all white trash . Plus does it really help bitching about a religion that is known to attack and force its beliefs and opinions on others by following their lead. Stupidity does not care what it believes in as long as it can try and belittle and attack others with its ignorance.

  • mema28

    He doesnt want me reading it in his class because he dont believe it, because he feels like hes shutdown, Loyal said……What? Someone needs to repeat a grade I think.

  • ikeamonkey89

    Just as I suspected. No teacher ever checked to see what we were doing in study hall and I didnt think they did either.

  • sueb30

    Argue all you want. It never happened, the kid made the whole story up. Check the follow up stories. Just another example of the fictional war on Christianity.

  • RonaldElrod

    If you dont like the fact that you cant bring a bible into school, then you need to work on changing the Constitution. The Constitution is THE final authority as far as the law is concerned. It is THE law of the land. So, you can either Work on changing it, or GTFO of this country!

  • Cynthia Davis

    Sigh, I live in Rural Missouri a much more likely scenario when my kids were growing up was being forced to sit through fundamentalist teachings and being told that evolution was a fake idea from Satan and that equality was only for boys. The Irony being that eventually homeschooling in order to teach evolution, real science and secular ideas like equal rights are for everyone turned out to be the only option left.

  • mcgtrinsofla

    you cant talk to these people! paul

  • edjuan

    Bring a bible bring a Koran or Torah all are great humor, and takes the edge off a day based on facts.

  • Robert William Alexander Jr.

    As a sometimes journalist, the Fox story about this was not reporting, it was a totally unbalanced attempt to further the war on Christianity narrative: no attempt was made to investigate, or allow the school to respond. This sort of thing should be reason to lose a broadcast license..


  • Jeff Johnson

    Shocking. Yet another right wing liar.

  • Michael Reed

    I challenge anyone to show me where the language in the 1st Amendment denies the right of a child to read his Bible in School and I challenge them to also show where the language in the 1st Amendment forbids the teaching of creationism in school. The very first textbook ever used in a public school was a Bible! The wording does not forbid discussion about creationsism nor does it forbid religious expression in any public arena. That is a fallacy that has gained acceptance over the years because it has been repeated so often by Atheists. What is forbidden in the language of the 1st amendment is THE ESTABLISHMENT OF A NATIONAL CHURCH BY THE US GOVERNMENT AND THAT IS ALL!