KANSAS CITY (CBS St. Louis) – A central Missouri middle-schooler was denied his fundamental rights when a teacher told him he couldn’t read the Bible in school, claims his family.

Loyal Grandstaff’s parents tell WDAF-TV the seventh-grader was quietly reading his Bible in class when the teacher said it wasn’t allowed.

“I like to read my Bible because it’s a good book,” Loyal explained. “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.”

Justin Grandstaff told the station he can’t understand why the 12-year-old boy was singled out.

“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,” he complained.

Lance Tobin, the principal at Bueker Middle School in Marshall, says Bibles are not banned from the school. He promised to investigate the situation.

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