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West Tenn. student disciplined for saying 'bless you'

DYERSBURG, Tenn. (AP) — A Tennessee high school student has been sent to the principal's office after saying "bless you" to another student who sneezed.

Seventeen-year-old Kendra Turner told the State Gazette the phrase was on a list of things students were not allowed to say in that class at Dyer County High School. The list includes "my bad," ''hang out," ''dumb," ''stupid" and "stuff."

Assistant Principal Lynn Garner said he could not discuss the specifics of what happened in the Monday incident, but he said there are "two sides to every story."

Garner also said teachers can set their own classroom rules as long as they are reasonable.

According to Turner, after she said "bless you," the teacher stood up and asked who had spoken. Turner says she explained that she was being courteous and that her parents and pastor taught her to say it. She was placed in in-school suspension for the remainder of the period.