A 17-year-old girl was allegedly sent to the principal’s office for saying “bless you” to someone who sneezed.
The incident is said to have occurred at Dyer County High School in Tennessee.
After one of her classmates sneezed, Kendra Turner reportedly said “Bless you,” prompting the teacher to ask Turner, “Why did you say that?”
Turner reportedly replied, “Because it is courtesy.”
When the teacher continued pushing the matter and asked who exactly considers it a courtesy, Turner reportedly shot back, “My pastor.”
Kendra Turner posted about the incident on Facebook, explaining that her teacher “yelled at me and said, ‘we do not do Godly speaking in my class!’ That is when I stood up and said, 'My pastor said I have a constitutional right – 1st amendment freedom of speech.'"
In response, the teacher allegedly said, “Not in my class you don’t.”
From there, the situation only escalated.
The student reportedly announced that she would defend her religion, after which the teacher said, “You will not in my class because I trump everyone.” Another student apparently chimed in and said, “You don’t over trump God.”
Ultimately, the teacher reportedly sent Turner to the principal’s office. From there, the student claims she was sent to in-school suspension (ISS).
The student also took a moment in her Facebook post to thank “the rest of my class for defending me when I got sent out! Love my class!”
Fox Chicago, however, reports a different series of events, and quotes Assistant Principal Lynn Garner as saying, “The child was not punished.”
Garner stated that in-school suspension is a supervised area in the main office that fits up to 12 children when there is an issue that needs to be looked into; the assistant principal also noted that there are still discrepancies between the actual events, and the events as depicted on social media.
As for the teacher involved in the situation, Garner said, “She is a great teacher. She has taught for 43 years. It was a class disruption, not a religious issue that the school is dealing with.”