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Student Suspended for Saying "Bless You" After Classmate Sneezed

Wednesday, August 20, 2014 9:01 PM Comments (44)

This is just straight up nuts.

A public school teacher who outlawed students saying "bless you" in class suspended a young girl for breaking the rule after a classmate sneezed. Seriously.

CBS in Charlotte reports: Kendra Turner, a senior at Dyer County High School, said bless you to her classmate who sneezed and the teacher told her that the term was for church.

“She said that we’re not going to have godly speaking in her class and that’s when I said we have a constitutional right,” Turner told WMC.

When she defended her actions, the teacher told Turner to see an administrator. The student said that she had to finish the class period in in-school suspension.

  Now, according to reports the school is saying she shouted it across the room. Who knows? But to me, I'm not really giving the teacher the benefit of the doubt when she's banning words like "bless you" from her classroom. That's just...issues, right?

It turns out the kid's youth pastor said that many students had complained about this particular teacher being demeaning to them.

But here is the really really cool part with extra awesome thrown in just for fun. A number of the girl's classmates showed up to school the following day wearing shirts with the words "bless you" emblazoned on them.

OK, anyone else seeing a Christian movie being made of this? Come on. The music swells and all the kids march in to class wearing their "God bless you" t-shirts. It'll be kind of like that scene in "Rudy" when the players all turn their jerseys in so Rudy can play.

And either the teacher is converted right there on the spot or goes crazy and is escorted off-campus...for good. I'll leave that up to the director.

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Matt Archbold graduated from Saint Joseph's University in 1995. He is a former journalist who left the newspaper business to raise his five children. He writes for the Creative Minority Report.