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.
Just when you think the daily news couldn’t get any more ridiculous you come across a story like this, and it simply STUNS the senses. How could this traditional act of ‘blessing’ someone after they sneeze result in being suspended from school? Imagine the mind set of setting up such an absurd “class rule” in the first place.
If you look into the history of how, where, and why folks say “Bless You” after somebody sneezes you will find that the tradition stems from the belief back in history when people believed that when someone sneezed they lost part of their soul. Or, “It was thought that evil spirits needed to enter the body to posses a person. The spirits would make you sneeze, cough, or yawn to get an opening. In order to stop the evil spirits people would cover their mouths, and others would ask god to bless you”. And, “During the bubonic plague, it was believed that if you sneezed, you were probably going to die. So it was helping to send your soul to God’s care”.
All I know, is throughout my life (and probably yours too), it is commonplace for people to say “Bless You’ when somebody sneezes. How is this a bad thing? How can such a thing disrupt the education of any student at any time?
Here are some quotes from this article by the CBS affiliate WMC;
“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.
You Go Girl, Kendra you are welcome to say ‘Bless You’ any time day or night at our house!