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Student reportedly suspended for saying 'Bless you' after classmate sneezed

According to the Orlando Sentinel on Tuesday, a Tennessee high school student was suspended when she said "Bless you" after another student sneezed. Kendra Turner, a senior at Dyer County High School said after saying the phrase her teacher told her "that was for church" and that there would be no "godly speaking" in her class. Her teacher said she broke a class rule when she responded to the sneeze that way.

When the senior tried to defend herself, she was sent to a school administrator who put her in an in-school suspension for the rest of the class period. Turner's family met with school administrators and was told that the teacher claimed Turner was disruptive and aggressive when she shouted "Bless you" across the room. In an interview later, Turner said the student was sitting right next to her.

Turner claims she was standing up for her religious beliefs. Some of Turner's classmates wore handmade "Bless you" t-shirts to school the next day in protest. Students sent WMC Action News 5's Michael Clark a photo of the teacher's white board that lists words and phrases students may not say in the classroom. The list includes "bless you," "dumb," "boring," "I don't know" and "my bad."

Turner said she doesn't want trouble for her teacher but says she'll stand up for her faith. She says that it's not wrong to defend God and it's our constitutional right because we have a freedom of religion and freedom of speech.

On the website, Turner tells her side of the story when she said, "Bless you" to a student in a keyboarding class. WMC Action News 5 has contacted the superintendent of Dyer County Schools to comment on this situation, but no response has been received. Notice Turner said, "Bless you" and not "God bless you." Do you think she should have received the in-school suspension?

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