DYER COUNTY, Tenn., September 2, 2014– Kendra Turner, a senior at Dyer County High School, was suspended after supposedly violating a class rule of saying “bless you” to another student after they sneezed late last month.
Turner told reporters at WMCTV that the teacher told her “…we’re not going to have godly speaking in her class, and that’s when I said we have a constitutional right.”
After defending her actions, Turner was then sent to see an Administrator and required to finish the remainder of class out in-school suspension. School officials are claiming that Turner’s use of “bless you” and further commentary was aggressive and disruptive.
Turner’s youth pastor, Becky Winegardner, who disagrees with the school’s actions of in-class suspension told reporters at WMCTV that “There were several students talking about this particular faculty member there that was very demeaning to them in regard to their faith,” “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.”