You’ve probably heard the story of the public school girl in Tennessee who was suspended for saying “bless you” when a student sneezed.
I wasn’t there . . . I don’t know all the facts . . . but I do know that most outbursts during class do not merit a suspension unless it’s repeated or fundamentally inappropriate and the student has a history of such outbursts.
There does seem to be a religious component to the story if what Kendra Turner has said is true. Kendra says that her teacher told her that there was not going to be any “godly speaking” in her class. “Bless you” constitutes “godly speaking.” Maybe Kendra said “God bless you.” Most of the reports I’ve read say that Kendra only said “bless you.” But even if she said “God bless you,” the teacher was wrong for several reasons.
As far as I can tell, no one has disputed what Kendra claims the teacher said. The teacher has not said that she didn’t say anything about prohibiting “godly speaking.”