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Student suspended for saying ‘Bless You’

It’s almost reflex among us to say “bless you” when someone sneezes. When 18-year-old Kendra Turner said it to her classmate at Dyer County High School in Dyersburg Tennessee, she was rebuked by her teacher, thrown out of class and suffered an in school suspension.

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Kendra wrote on Facebook that her pastor says she has a constitutional right to say “bless you.” The first amendment allows freedom of speech.  When Kendra was sent to the office, her assistant principal said her pastor should teach her because her freedom of speech does not work at their school.

Assistant principal Lynn Garner told the Dyersburg Gazette “We can’t discuss discipline issues because of the right to privacy of students, but I can say that there are 2 sides to every story. Sometimes people spin things and turn them to make them seem one way.”

Other censored words and phrases in Kendra’s class are: “dump,” “stupid,” “my bad, ”and “hang out.”

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