Parents are accusing a teacher of violating their child's First Amendment rights by allegedly refusing to allow him to read his Bible in school.
They claim that their son, Loyal Grandstaff, a middle school student at Bueker Middle School in Marshall, Missouri, was told by his teacher that he couldn't read the book after he brought the Bible in and silently studied it during free time.
"I feel like it violated his freedom of religion but also his freedom of speech," Justin Grandstaff, the 12 year old's father, told WDAF-TV.
Loyal said that he wasn't being loud and that he wasn't sharing the book with his peers at the time.
"I like to read my Bible because it’s a good book," the 7th grader told the outlet. "I was just reading, just reading because I had free time. A time to do what I wanted to, so I just broke it out and read."
Bueker Middle School principal Lance Tobin said that he would look into the situation, though the family has not yet spoken with the teacher in question nor administrators; Justin Grandstaff said he plans to do so when school reopens Tuesday following the holiday break.
It is currently unclear what the educator allegedly said to the student and a voicemail left for the superintendent has not yet been returned to TheBlaze.
This is not the first time a student has claimed that teacher implemented a ban on Bibles, with TheBlaze previously reporting about a similar situation last May in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida.
The district reportedly argued at the time that 12-year-old Giovanni Rubeo, who was purportedly banned from reading his Bible, was not reading the book during free time and that the incident possibly took place during an accelerated reader program.
But this argument became problematic when the Liberty Institute, a conservative legal firm, noted that 60 of the Bible’s 66 books are allowed for consumption during this time as well.
School officials ended up assuring the child’s attorney that Bibles are, indeed, allowed during free reading times.