TENNESSEE high school student suspended for saying “Bless You” after a fellow student sneezed

samp2569f5c02c19dae7A Tennessee high school student claims she was standing up for her religious beliefs in the classroom when she was suspended after breaking a class rule of saying “bless you” when a classmate sneezed. Dyer County High School senior Kendra Turner says her teacher told her that language was for church. (Is the teacher a Muslim?)

WMC  “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,” Turner says. Turner says when she defended her actions, she was told to see an administrator. She says she finished the class period in in-school suspension. Turner’s family met with school leaders Tuesday. They say the teacher claimed Turner was being disruptive and aggressive. Some classmates showed support Tuesday by wearing hand made bless you shirts.

Turner said she doesn’t want trouble for her teacher but says she’ll stand up for her faith. “It’s alright to defend God and it’s our constitutional right because we have a freedom of religion and freedom of speech,” said Turner.

Peggy Dodds – pdodds@dyercs.net– principals of Dyer County HS 

Dwight Hedge –dhedge@dyercs.net– Superintendent of Dyer County Schools