Huh? Student reportedly suspended for saying ‘bless you’ to sneezing classmate

A high school senior was reportedly suspended after she said ‘bless you’ to a classmate who had sneezed. According to WMC-TV, Kendra Turner’s teacher at Dyer County High School had put the phrase ‘bless you’ on a list of banned terms at the beginning of the school year, and Turner defied the injunction when she responded to her classmate earlier this week.

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“Let’s not say it on the air. I don’t want to get in trouble with the FCC,” Stu joked on radio this morning.

“This is a direct quote,” Pat countered. “So I don’t think I can be held accountable for it. I’m just quoting what she said… This person said, quote, bless you, unquote.”

WMC received photos of the white board containing the banned phrases from some of Turner’s classmates. As you’ll notice ‘bless you’ makes the list along with words like ‘dumb,’ ‘boring,’ and ‘my bad.’

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Turner’s parents say school officials have classified the incident as an outburst and their daughter’s use of the phrase was a distraction because she shouted it across the room. That didn’t stop students at Dyer County High School from showing their support of Turner by wearing handmade t-shirts with the words ‘bless you’ on them to school on Tuesday.

“Is that a joke,” Stu asked. “It sounds like a jokey list, and they actually suspended someone when they said ‘bless you’? They cannot be a real story. That is unbelievable.”

Watch the WMC report below:

Action News 5 – Memphis, Tennessee