High Schooler Allegedly Suspended for Saying ‘Bless You’ to Sneezing Classmate

For thousands of years, the spontaneous act of sneezing was considered a gift from the gods, with dozens of cultures immediately blessing the person who sneezed. But now that we have science and know that sneezing is caused by allergens, not God, it’s completely, totally inappropriate to say “bless you” to a sneezer — at least, according to a teacher who suspended a student who said “God bless you” in class.

According to Kendra Turner, her teacher immediately chastised her for breaking her classroom’s no-religious-talk rule, and has a list of banned phrases written on a whiteboard. “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

Turner was immediately sent to a school administrator, and her parents were told that she was being “disruptive and aggressive.”

Her fellow students are showing solidarity by wearing “Bless You” shirts and Turner says she “doesn’t want trouble” for her teacher, but refuses to back down: “It’s alright to defend God and it’s our constitutional right because we have a freedom of religion and freedom of speech,” she said.

[CBS Charlotte]
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