In Dyer County, Tennessee, a high school senior, Kendra Turner, said "bless you" to a sneezing classmate and was sent to in-school suspension, according to WMCTV.com.
However, Turner did break a class rule -- they are written in front of the class on the white board. Among the forbidden words and phrases like "dumb," "boring," "stuff," "I don't know," "My bad," and "Hang out," is "Bless you."
Turner said her teacher told her that "bless you" is something to be said only in church. "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 told WMCTV. That's when she was sent to the administration and had to finish out the class period in suspension. The girl's parents are said to have met with school officials on Tuesday and were told that the expression was an "outburst" and a "distraction" to the class and that Turner was "being disruptive and aggressive."
The report states that Turner is not looking for trouble for her teacher but did say she has no problem defending 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.
It is noted in the report that several students have felt demeaned in class by this teacher because of their faith. Some even wore T-shirts to school bearing the phrase "bless you" as a show of solidarity with Turner.