DYER COUNTY, Tenn. (WCN) -- A young girl in Tennessee says she was suspended after breaking a class rule by saying “bless you” after a classmate sneezed.
When Dyer County High School senior Kendra Turner recited the courtesy, she said her teacher told her that was for church.
Turner feels her teacher was taking issue with her religion and when she stood up for herself, the teen said she was told to go to the administrator’s office. She was later placed on an in-school suspension for the rest of the class period.
Turner’s pastor said students just last week talked about how to stand up for their faith.
"There were several students that were talking about this particular faculty member there that was very demeaning to them in regards to their faith," Rev. Becky Winegardner said.
A student sent WMC Action News 5 a picture showing a list of words the student claims the teacher in question does not allow in the classroom. “Bless you” is on the list.
Turner’s parents said the school leaders claim the outburst was a classroom distraction and that turned shouted the phrase across the room.
WMC Action News 5 was told that only Dyer County School superintendent Dwight Hedge could comment on the allegations. He did not return phone messages, an email or a knock at his door.