Student Suspended For Saying “Bless You” To Sneezing Classmate

No one would think it was wrong to say “Bless you”, until a schoolgirl in Tennessee was suspended for saying ‘bless you’ to a classmate who sneezed.

Kendra Turner was suspended from Dyer Country High School, TN. after saying “bless you” when her classmate sneezed. Her teacher told her that kind of talk 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,” Ms Turner told WMC.

Ms Turner says she was standing up for her religious beliefs, but when she defended her actions she was sent to see school officials, who sent her to in-school suspension.

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The teacher’s whiteboard has a list of banned expressions, including “bless you”, “boring”, “I don’t know, “my bad” as well as banning “other peer expressions”.

School officials told Ms Turner’s parents that she shouted “bless you” across the room, and it was a disruptive outburst.

However, the Turners believe the teacher is anti-religion.

“There were several students that were talking about this particular faculty member there that was very demeaning to them in regard to their faith,” said Ms Turner’s pastor Becky Winegardner, who says she reminded the students of their rights.

Some students have since come to class wearing #BlessYou t-shirts to show their support.

Ms Turner’s family met with school authorities this week, and the teacher told them the Year 12 student had been disruptive.

“It’s all right to defend God and it’s our constitutional right because we have a freedom of religion and freedom of speech,” Ms Turner told WMCA.


  1. If such a teacher has sold her soul to the devil,then she should be ashamed of still being a classroom teacher! I thought they say wealth and fame is given them after selling out? So how will she get all this by being just a class room teacher? Shame.

  2. The West brougt the Holy Bible to us but it seems it was a contrived moved as their main reason was not to spread the gospel but economy. It is time to send the bible back to them by telling them the inherent eternal truth the bible is. I am happy that we know God more than them. All good people of the world, follow the truth (the Holy Bible) and it shall set u free.

  3. I am always overwhelmed when a shameful story like this gets the attention it does. A simple curtiousy phrase that has been used for ages is used against a child who is at the door of entering the real world and made an example of for expressing what may be her belief with no ill intention and expressed in genuine concern for a classmate. Only to be tainted by a person who ironically enough is suppose to be preparing her for the world and now had tarnished this young girl’s record. Very sad :( the one thing I can be thank for is my belief knows that God will forgive you and that the teacher and whoever agreed to suspend this girl over such a trivial infraction have set her up to receive double blessings in her life. I wonder if the people who made this poor decision will truly be able to sleep peacefully this evening.


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