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Student suspended for saying ‘bless you’ at school

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DYER COUNTY, Tenn. – A  girl in Tennessee says she was suspended after breaking a class rule of saying “bless you” after a classmate sneezed.

When Dyer County High School senior Kendra Turner said “bless you”, she says her teacher told her that was for church.

WMC reports that Turner feels her teacher was taking issue for her religion.

When she stood up for herself, Turner says she was told to go the administrator’s office, then later placed in in-school suspension for the rest of that class period.

Her pastor tells WMC that students had just talked about how to stand up for their faith last week.

“There were several students that were talking about this particular faculty member there that was very demeaning to them in regards to their faith,” said Rev. Becky Winegardner.

Turner’s parents say the school leaders claim the outburst was a classroom distraction, and that Turner shouted “bless you” across the room.

WMC reports the Dyer County School Superintendent has not returned phone messages, emails, and knocks at his door for a comment.