High School Student Claims She Was Suspended For Saying ‘Bless You’ After Classmate Sneezed

August 20, 2014

DYER COUNTY, Tenn. (CBS Charlotte) – A high school student was allegedly suspended after breaking a class rule of saying “bless you” after a classmate sneezed.

Kendra Turner, a senior at Dyer County High School, said bless you to her classmate who sneezed and the teacher told her that the term was for 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 WMC.

When she defended her actions, the teacher told Turner to see an administrator. The student said that she had to finish the class period in in-school suspension.

The girl’s parents were told by school leaders that their daughter shouted “bless you” across the room and that it was a classroom distraction.

School officials told her parents Tuesday that the teacher claimed that their daughter was aggressive and disruptive.

But Becky Winegardner, Turner’s youth pastor, disagrees with the school’s actions of in-class suspension.

“There were several students that were talking about this particular faculty member there that was very demeaning to them in regard to their faith,” Winegardner told WMC. “This was something that had come up previously in the last few weeks just since the beginning of school and I shared with all of those students what their rights were.”

WMC reported that there are other expressions that are banned as part of class rules and they are listed on the teacher’s white board along with “bless you.”


If the girl had said she enjoyed watching babies get slaughtered in Gaza, the teacher might have given her a gold star.

No no no! She'd get the gold star if she said she enjoyed watching Israeli babies getting slaughtered by Hamas. Get it right.

'No no no! She'd get the gold star if she said she enjoyed watching Israeli babies getting slaughtered by Hamas.' ??? -- Oh no no no! She'd have gotten sent to the gas chamber for saying that.
It's a good thing the girl didn't say 'GOD bless you.' Such aggravated 'churchy talk' would have gotten her transferred to Malcolm X High in Ferguson, Missouri.

You never know. It's easy to criticize the school, but they have to consider that 'bless you' could be code for 'I'm a religious fanatic in a suicidal death cult and we believe that you will be happy to die for us durka durka durka Revelation End Times Shalom Mazel Tov Oy Vey!'

It's a good thing Amerikwan soldiers are getting their balls blown off in Afghanistan (where Christianity is illegal) so girls there can go to school in peace. This Amerikwan girl should think about how she should appreciate her Amerikwan freedom of speech more by only saying what jews like to hear.

The Teachers Union is represent by Fliegelbaum, Goldfarb, Lipshitz and Geldsnatch.

Pretty soon the armed teacher will be shooting 'aggressive' behavior.

Now I know why kids in liberal schools want to murder their teachers

So sick of these neo-commies and their assault on the USA.

As an atheist, I understand the separation of church and state and not imposing your religion on others. But, this is just ridiculous. This has nothing to do with liberals or conservatives. This is just stupidity.

Time to end all public schools. The experiment has failed, and the politics are corrupt.

Or at least keep jews out of administration.

What do you expect when you tolerate jews in school systems, courts, government, media

Take your anti-Semitism elsewhere. Preferably to Gaza. You are part of the problem and anti-Semitism is not part of the solution.

I should go to Gaza? Is that a death threat?

di gubmint gimmedatz an di gubmint takess away yo

Wow... Does this school screen their teachers for utter social stupidity before hiring them?

May the flees of a thousand camels infest the teacher's armpits.

this is exactly what the 1st amendment says regarding religion. Notice the last part. "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof. Bless you says nothing about God. Besides which schools are not congress.

Go ahead, keep electing dhimmicrats.

I bet if it were something to do with the racists and murderous Koran there wouldn't be a word said of it. When are the Christians in this country going to stand up and take back the country that WE built. Yes Christians built it, not the muslims as Obama said.

But the US Congress voted that US society is based on the anti-Christ Talmud. The 'Seven Laws of Noah' were recognized by the United States Congress in the preamble to the bill that established Education Day in honor of the 90th birthday of Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson, the leader of the Chabad-Lubavitch movement, who was recognized as Messiah but died: 'Whereas Congress recognizes the historical tradition of ethical values and principles which are the basis of civilized society and upon which our great Nation was founded; Whereas these ethical values and principles have been the bedrock of society from the dawn of civilization, when they were known as the Seven Noahide Laws.' Oy vey!

"Congress" is mostly COMMUNISTS! Why do you think they boot lick for the islamic communist puppet?

But she would gladly take any student to get an abortion without their parents consent. Makes sense to me....


Welcome to the police state comrades. Joseph Goebbels wood be so proud of America. Political Corectness at its finest.

How is this an excuse to insult Dr Goebbels?

Read his bio, this story would probably give him a b0ner.

Read a jew-scribbled bio? Hitler wold have had this disgusting excuse for a teacher sent to a work camp.

Wasn't Hitler half Jew?

o yeah? is dat y he wuz all ike all ebilz n shi yo?

ALL Liberals should be gassed.

Decorating a cell in Leavenworth would ok for me.

or at least shipped to North Korea, where they would fit in.

I literally just called and talked to the Vice Principal - he tried to explain that the teacher is very strict and as they have a lot of allergies in Tennessee that saying this is disruptive to the class and the teacher explicitly tells students they are not allowed to talk. And how saying "bless you" interrupts the class. To this I say horseshit. Call them yourself and give them an earful. (731) 627-2229

why are looters and rioters not picketing this school? what use are blacks anyway??

why is anyone surprised? This is the new America that the liberal democrats have worked for since the 1950's. Until Americans wake up and start ostracizing their family and so-called friends who continue to votre for these people it will only get worse. Do you not understand that liberalism is more important to these people than family, friends and even God? Stop going to their dinner parties, their family events and stop hiring liberals.

Well in that case....FUCK You. Teacher.

Im a Conservative Constitutionalist Atheist and I say SUE THE FUKC OUT OF THEM, ALL OF THEM

It is way past time to end public schools. Time for private schools and vouchers.

Now this is just plain stupid.

The war on Christianity continues, aided by the Democrat Party & School Teachers Unions.

I guess "bless your pea pick'n little heart" is banned too?

The teacher should be burned at the stake for being a witch.

Now yer talkin'!

War on women the Demorats say. No the REAL WAR is on Judeo Christian values!

'the REAL WAR is on Judeo Christian values!' ??? - No. Jew war against Christian virtues.

Trust me it is not the real Jews. A lot liberals go around masquerading themselves as Jews. But no so called liberal could be an authentic Jew as the Torah's values are diametrically opposed to Progressive Liberals today.

Ah, I see. The Synagogue of Satan? Revelation 3:19: 'Indeed I will make those of the synagogue of Satan, who say they are Jews and are not, but lie—indeed I will make them come and worship before your feet, and to know that I have loved you.'

Another reason why the Government should make no laws regarding an establishment of education.

If teachers were this obsessed with education - we'd have a 100% 4.0 graduation rate - and be teaching other countries how to do math

soon militant, atheist, feminist teachers like this one will be so offended by everything, that boys will have to leave their penises in the hall before they can even come to class.

And they wonder why so many budding atheists are making plans to shoot up schools with some of them succeeding...

I don't think they wonder at all.

The good news is that "F--- You!" is not on the list of banned expressions, so she can use that the next time the teacher sneezes.

Address: 1000 W Main St, Newbern, TN 38059. District: Dyer County School District. Phone: (731) 627-2229. Time to call. Eva Kindle is the teachers name. Peggy Dodds is the Principal I asked about other languages, Spanish, Italian, French, even sign language. Was there any particular distinction on what was or wasn't authorized language? I was told not to believe everything you read. No student was disciplined, and the teacher was simply enforcing standards of silence during a particular test. I said that even in college, people say bless you, and to advise the teacher to use some more discretion in their daily actions. We want to grow the leaders of tomorrow and we want them to be compassionate as well as intellectual.

Standards of silence violated? Then the girl who sneezed should have been sent to a Gulag!

OUT them then get them OUT.

So yeah, maybe our grandparents were so savage the way they handled heretics. Im a non-practicing Jew but even I'm both offended and frighted by them. The only way these totalitarian fascist Democrat captain insane-o liberal fruitcakes could make our society better is if they were burned at the stake.

Eva Kindle (the teacher) her bio and photo are on the Dyer County High School website.

Just curious - does she have a hook nose?

wonder if this teacher is a female and sports a mandoo hairdoo.

She looked down her hook nose and said, 'Oy vey! Next you'll be talkin' about Jesus. Then next thing ya know ya'll be firin' up tha ovens and fryin' 6,000,000,000 jews!'

What in the world? Perhaps when the phrase originated it was used to stymie the devil or to preserve one's soul from escaping due to various superstitions. However, today, as I'm sure most people were taught, saying "bless you" is merely common courtesy. People are really losing their minds...too much political correctness and sensitivity. I believe in a creator but am not sold on the dogma from the brick and mortar collection houses. Now a woman I work with has "May your day be blessed" on her email line and do I let it bother me? No, that is her choice and her right so what do I care? It was so much better when people just minded their own business and had the attitude of "it's not for me but it doesn't bother me if it's for you."

These oh so tolerant liberals need to be removed from the class room, they don't believe in the Constitution, bill of rights or the law. What part of "or prohibiting the free exercise thereof" don't these "educator" understand. the Supreme Court has already ruled on this but the "educators" apparently can't read or understand the law. They should be charged with violating civil rights under color of authority and sued, being held PERSONALLY LIABLE and lose everything they own.


Bless You!!!

If there is one thing that is sure to frost me, it is a totalitarian hag prancing around the class room bullying a bunch of young'uns. Well, one Eva Kindle (apparently the teacher at issue) met her match when she picked on the wrong kid, a fine young lady named Kendra Turner.

Melt down the phone lines to that school.

This teacher is a bully. Publish her name! Let's see if she can have a logical conversation about....anything.

her name is Eva Kindle. She is a black.

Black jew?

Separation of church and state simply means that government entities can't push one religion or another onto people. A person's individual right to practice religion, even in publicly held areas or government buildings, is protected under the 1st Amendment. How has this understanding of separation of church and state become so distorted??

Democrats (and moderate republicans) reject Christ, it`s as simple as that, case closed, the fat lady has sung.

Since 75 percent of Americans self-identify as "Christian" I think you're a little out of touch with reality.

Christ has nothing to do with the US Constitution


betcha the teacher is jewish too..

Public schools. colleges, and universities = Marxist training camps

And therefore useless! Home School now and forever!

Was the class the girl 'disrupted' about how to take it up the talmud?

Frankfurt SChool subversion in action. Hitler was too soft. He booted them out of Germany. They were greeted by tribal cousins at Columbia, New School of Social Research, Harvard, Yale, then spread their contagion until now it infects every teaching college (yes including your local 'devout' Protestant seminary).

I would say "unbelievable" but this sort of thing is becoming par for the course with these idiot teachers.

That never happened

there are a lot of goddless pukes in this world--and that's the problem. all the southerners that i know are uber religious and it's nice to behold.

What would Robin Williams have done? He is still dead , providing worms food, right?

Someone do me a favor and spray paint "BLESS YOU" on the teacher's car in 2 foot high letters.

What an asinine "teacher".


20 bucks says there is a whole lot more to the story. I bet this kid is exaggerating. Wait and see.

I doubt she's exaggerating. In my experience her version of events is very believable.

I think the student set the teacher up. Good for the student.

public schools belongs to the taxpayers-----public school employees are OUR employees !!!!! as long as WE the people stand back and do nothing we'll get run right over.....the last time i checked the phrase "seperation of church and state" appears NOWHERE in our constitution or the declaration of independence !!!!!!!

I wish I was smart like a liberal so I'd know why it's OK to celebrate misogynistic, materialistic or gun-phile lyrics as "culture", but it's an offense to the highest degree to say bless you. I'm not Jewish, but I have been wished a "Happy Hanukka". I know a Muslim grocery store owner, and he has greeted me with Salaam whatever. Guess what liberals: it's nice. It's friendly. It's kind. It's not a threat. Yet, I have experienced more intolerance and aggression from liberals than any other group ever. And I grew up surrounded by Christian fundamentalists, and I wasn't one. I've worked for several non profits and couldn't believe the offenses that happened almost on a daily basis. But the left wing religioliberal media is monolithically obtuse and it's consumers consider themselves "well informed". What?!! At parties with my gay friends, I've had homosexuals sneer at me and say, "who brought the straight person?!". I've experienced racism from people who I thought wouldn't perpetrate it because of what their leaders say. Silly me. It's when things move to evangelism and zealotry that it becomes a problem. So YOU ALL who have become mindless left wing zealots are just like all the other mindless zealots. Really great job .!.

The teacher will skate, too. Time to abolish teacher's unions.

Government schools are such tolerant institutions, refuges for alleged victims of oppression - the poor, black, hispanic, muslim, gay, transgendered, feminists, illegal aliens, environmentalists, global-warming sycophants, marijuana enthusiasts, atheists, and the rest. These schools are run by liberal statists who lord it over all who simply disagree with them by shutting them up, shouting them down, ostracizing, ridiculing, and persecuting them. They are devoted to an illogical, radical, emotional, collective and subversive doctrine, dedicated to the destruction of Christians, conservatives, capitalists and anyone else who stands for truth, equality and justice.

robin Williams is still dead

The America Teacher= ISIS, They might be behading that student some day.

Maybe the teacher would be happier with students from ISIS in her classroom. I don't think the question would last long.


Whoever made the statement about godly speech needs to have a rectal thermometer inserted to check for brain temperature.

US just needs to split in two, the country is FINISHED.

Share give her a condom

People with conservative principles need to "out" these intolerant, anti-religion bigots, just as the gay rights or race activists "out" others with whom they disagree. Time for people of faith and conviction to fight back against these liberal tools!

Kendra's name is mentioned. The youth pastor's name is listed. This unnamed teacher probably has a history, known to the district, of harassment of students. No "school official" name is mentioned? So much for free speech.

Maybe she should have yelled allahu akbar instead.

It's trash like this that are teaching our kids that their only hope is welfare. And the results prove it.

do leftists all have a 24 hour line directly to satan, or does it just seem that way?

I don't know, but there is a reason Ann Coulter named her seminal work "Demonic: How the Liberal Mob is Endangering America."

The Movie "Satan Never Sleeps" (1962) does come to mind.

I vote Democrat because I believe a moment of silent prayer at the beginning of the school day constitutes govt indoctrination and an intrusion on parental authority … but sex education, condom distribution and multiculturalism are all values-neutral.

Nothing more American than: "You don't think the way I do so you should die"

That teacher should be immediately fired and never allowed to work in a school again.

Too many teachers think they are God when it comes to their classrooms. Ironic huh, they despise God but they want to be God.

If the blacks hate the cops so much, why does Shaniqua, and Tyronious call 911 when MickeyDs is out of chicken nuggets?

They think 911 is a hotline to the Oval Office.

Many so-called "educators" have gone stark-raving, rabid-drooling mad over any expression of faith by students. Common sense has gone out the window.

They made the very first amendment to keep GOVERNMENT out of religion...not the other way around. As a representative of the State this teacher is absolutely violating this young lady's rights. There is a WAR ON RELIGON in this country. I see it and I'm not a particularly religious person.

Some of Turner’s classmates supported her Tuesday by wearing hand made bless you shirts. She explained that she doesn’t want trouble for her teacher but that she’ll stand up for her faith no matter what. “It’s alright to defend God and it’s our constitutional right because we have a freedom of religion and freedom of speech,” Turner told WMC.

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