Your parents might have always told you to be polite and say “bless you” after someone sneezes. One high school girl in Tennessee found out that this isn’t always the best idea; especially if your teacher has a list of phrases not say in her classroom, and one of them is “bless you.” Well isn’t that special?
During class, Kendra Turner responded to her classmate’s sneeze with a hearty “Bless you!” Afterward, her teacher told her that saying “bless you” was for church and sent her to the school administrator’s office where she received an in school suspension. The teacher allegedly said “we’re not going to have godly speaking in our class”. Bill O’Reilly’s head just exploded.
While Turner says she told her teacher it’s her constitutional right, you know freedom of religion and speech and blah, blah, blah, the school maintains that she wasn’t suspended for using the words “bless you”. Rather, the suspension was handed down because she was being disruptive by shouting it across the classroom. The war of (good) words continued on Facebook, where the high school senior wrote:
The assistant principal said if I didn’t want to respect my teacher’s rules then maybe my pastor should teach me because my freedom (of) speech and religion does not work at their school.
The teacher in question even went as far as to post words that students were not allowed to say in the class. Other words on the “don’t say” list include “Stupid,” “dumb,” “boring,” “stuff,” “I don’t know,” “hang out,” and “my bad.” Maybe the teacher should add “tyrant” to that list. This sounds like such a warm, inviting, educational environment for children to learn how to fear their insane bosses later in life.
"The Bad Words list in the class is some boring stuff." Awwww. I'm telling.
Earlier today we learned about a boy in South Carolina who was arrested and suspended for writing about using a gun to shoot a dinosaur. It used to be that kids could beat the living crap out each other, and as long as no one had to go to the hospital, teachers would respond “oh boys will be boys.” Now you get in trouble for saying “bless you” after someone sneezes. In honor of this young lady’s fight against tyranny, here is a video compilation of girls sneezing…. I don’t want to know why this exists.
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