Remember that viral story about a Kansas City middle-schooler whose parents complained the 12-year-old’s teacher stopped him from reading the Bible during free time? Looks like that was all a bunch of bullsh-t.
According to the original account, Loyal Grandstaff said he brought his “favorite book” to school to read before the holiday break, but was immediately halted by his teacher even though he wasn’t reading aloud or during class time.
“He doesn’t want me reading it in his class because he don’t believe it, because he feels like he’s shut down,” Grandstaff said.
The story soon went viral on many conservative website after it appeared on WDAF-TV. As a result of the uproar, the school’s principle Lance Tobin promised to investigate further.
The verdict? Hogwash.
“The incident was never validated,” Tobin said. “There is no teacher involved whatsoever.”
He said the TV station aired their report before he had a chance to investigate, which he said frustrated him.
Tobin declined to say whether he believed the incident was entirely fabricated, and he isn’t sure why the claims were made.
But the principal said he spoke with the boy and his parents to explain that Bibles were not banned from the school.
“We just all agreed, and we talked about school and religion,” Tobin added. “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.”
Watch the original report from WDAF in the video below: