A young girl in Tennessee says she was suspended for breaking a class rule by saying "Bless you" after a classmate sneezed, according to a report from WMC in Memphis, Tennessee.
Dyer County High School senior Kendra Turner says her teacher told her that "Bless you" was for church. The teen says she thinks her teacher was taking issue with her religion. When she stood up for herself, Turner says she was told to go to the administrator's office. Later, she was placed on in-school suspension for the remainder of that class period.
Rev. Becky Winegardner, Turner's youth pastor, says she has heard other students talking about having to stand up for their faith at the school.
"There were several students that were talking about this particular faculty member there that was very demeaning to them in regards to their faith," Winegardner said.
A reporter at WCM says a Dyer County student sent him a photo showing a list of words that, the student says, the teacher in question does not allow in the class. "Bless you" is on the list.
Turner's parents say the school leaders are claiming the outburst was a classroom distraction; saying Turner shouted "Bless you" across the room.
WMC reports that the station was told only the Dyer County School Superintendent could comment. The station reported that Hedge did not return its phone messages, an e-mail or a visit to his home.Student Claims Suspended for Saying 'Bless You' in Class