TN student in trouble for saying "Bless You"


DYERSBURG, Tenn. (WTVF) -- A Dyer County High School student was sent to the principal's office on Monday morning after saying "bless you" to another student who sneezed.

Seventeen-year-old Kendra Turner said the phrase was on a list of things students were not allowed to say in that class, including "my bad," "hang out," "dumb," "stupid" and "stuff."

Assistant Principal Lynn Garner on Tuesday said he could not discuss the specifics of what happened, but he said there are "two sides to every story."

Garner also said teachers can set their own classroom rules as long as they are reasonable.

Other school leaders claimed the outburst was a classroom distraction and that Turner shouted “bless you” across the room.

Rev. Becky Winegardner, Turner’s youth pastor, said the controversial topic had just come up last week at church.

“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 Winegardner.

Turner said she was sent to the principal's office after an exchange with the teacher and was placed in in-school suspension for the remainder of that period.

(Copyright 2014 by NewsChannel 5/The Associated Press.)

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