'Bless you' school suspension: Free speech debate or teacher frustration?

Aug 21, 2014 Full story: Christian Science Monitor 17

A Tennessee high school senior Kendra Turner served an in-school suspension this week and is getting death threats after she reflexively said "Bless You" to a fellow student who sneezed during a typing class.

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Happy Citizen

Dyersburg, TN

#3 Aug 23, 2014
She yelled it. On purpose. And served 20 min of ISS. Definitely worth going to national news and destroying a teacher's life over.
FreeSpeach

Dyersburg, TN

#4 Aug 23, 2014
I hope she sues the teacher and the school. Students do not give up their constitutional rights when they enter the school doors. No teacher can take away a persons right to freedom of religion just because they enter their classroom.
This teacher has caused problems at least back to 2002. It is time for her and Garner and the rest of the front office staff to pay the fiddler.
Phil

Manchester, UK

#6 Aug 24, 2014
Discriminate Justly Women wrote:
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God bless America. It is outrageous that our schools in the UK have become the breeding ground for Jihadists that have beheaded the American Journalist James Foley.
I sincerely believe it is the discriminatory PE kits that have alienated Muslim youth were girls are allowed tracksuits but boys have to do PE in shorts or boys are required to shower but girls are not.
Even where both sexes are required to shower in private shower stalls boys are still forced to remove their regular underwear and put on replacement underpants or swimsuit style briefs.
There is no obligation on girls to change into a sports bra and briefs or have a swimsuit/bikini under their PE clothes. As far as I can see this is just a watered down version of the “no underpants” rule that was common in many schools in the 1970’s. Many academies seem hell bent on the policy that males must expose their genitals to each other while doing their utmost both officially and unofficially to preserve the modesty of girls.
Here is one shameful example.
http://www.rickmansworth.herts.sch.uk/534/com...
School Uniform - 2014
We wish to maintain the smart appearance of all pupils both when they are in school and when going to and from school. School uniform is listed below. The following guidelines should also be adhered to:
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GIRLS’ UNIFORM 2014
Towel – for showering should be brought to all lessons -
BOYS’ UNIFORM 2014
Towel – for showering should be brought to all lessons -
All boys must wear swimming trunks or separate underpants beneath their games shorts when doing PE or games.- See more at: http://www.rickmansworth.herts.sch.uk/534/com...
I believe this gender bias leads to Islamic radicalisation in UK schools and I call on Phil to demand an end to it in the UK and Maltamon to press for sanction in Congress so David Cameron is forced to take action.
OK.
I demand an end to it.
hklbry

Marion, AR

#8 Aug 24, 2014
FreeSpeach wrote:
I hope she sues the teacher and the school. Students do not give up their constitutional rights when they enter the school doors. No teacher can take away a persons right to freedom of religion just because they enter their classroom.
This teacher has caused problems at least back to 2002. It is time for her and Garner and the rest of the front office staff to pay the fiddler.
U need to sue your elementary school for not teaching u the correct spelling of 'speech'!! Ignorant trailer park trash!
FreeSpeach

Dyersburg, TN

#10 Aug 25, 2014
hklbry wrote:
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U need to sue your elementary school for not teaching u the correct spelling of 'speech'!! Ignorant trailer park trash!
How I spell a name that I use on here is none of you concern!!!!
guest

Marion, AR

#11 Aug 25, 2014
FreeSpeach wrote:
I hope she sues the teacher and the school. Students do not give up their constitutional rights when they enter the school doors. No teacher can take away a persons right to freedom of religion just because they enter their classroom.
This teacher has caused problems at least back to 2002. It is time for her and Garner and the rest of the front office staff to pay the fiddler.
And all have been saying this has been a teacher of 40+ years. Never an incident with her, etc. Glad to see someone knows other things dating all the way back to 2002.
concernedforours tudents

Franklin, TN

#12 Aug 25, 2014
everyone is ignoring the facts. The proven facts with pictures.

The proven facts remains the teacher had posted words that could never be said in her classroom. the list appeared in the news report.

"Bless you" was on that list.

You can say anything you want to about the student. The teacher is the one that tried to stop someone from saying bless you in her classroom.

If the proof of the list of words was not available, I wouldn't believe the student.

What type of teacher post on the board, words that can not ever be said in her classroom. These words were not bad words.

Bless you is a polite phrase. So if the student was misbehaving or not, this list of words should have never been posted by the teacher.

Where is freedom of speech? Where is encouraging our students to share ideas and thoughts with the rest of the class?

God Bless you ALL
FreeSpeach

Dyersburg, TN

#13 Aug 25, 2014
guest wrote:
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And all have been saying this has been a teacher of 40+ years. Never an incident with her, etc. Glad to see someone knows other things dating all the way back to 2002.
Former students that had her for a teacher, says she is racist against white girls, unless they are dating black guys.
One even said if she was an outstanding teacher it must be because she showed up for work.
Complaints to Mrs. Dodd were never followed up.
Tennessee Boy

Knoxville, TN

#16 Aug 25, 2014
The teacher must be on crack.
MaltaMon

Pottstown, PA

#17 Aug 25, 2014
Discriminate Justly Women wrote:
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Maltamon likes dating black guys but would you stop him supervising the locker room showers. He is an outstanding teacher because he has a PHD in Gender studies and always soaps down the boys when they are washing themselves. Complaints against Maltamon were never followed up "Free Speach". God bless naked America!
DJW, a racist pedophile pig.
lookingfortruth

Jackson, TN

#19 Aug 25, 2014
I can't believe now blown up this has gotten. Now on facebook, from the movie, God is Not Dead, they are showing a picture of Kendra and supporting her. There are over 500 comments supporting her, and they don't even know all the facts. I don't know all the facts, but am finding out more everyday. I think the teacher should not have had those words listed. None of them are offensive and it is absurd to ask a class not to say any of them in class. It only makes them want to say them. It has nothing to do with religion. The whole issue has been made to be a religious one, and that is what I find outrageous. The teacher made it about religion when she said, "we don't allow Godly words in class" . She has paid dearly, I imagine for her words. She has found out what words should be said and not said. There is a difference in teaching and being a dictator.
Phil

UK

#20 Aug 25, 2014
Bob wrote:
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"none of you concern" ?, "free speach"?
Look at the location. I wonder if tnmtndude is back?
Apparently nobody else reads Bob's posts.
up yours

Jackson, TN

#22 Aug 26, 2014
lookingfortruth wrote:
I can't believe now blown up this has gotten. Now on facebook, from the movie, God is Not Dead, they are showing a picture of Kendra and supporting her. There are over 500 comments supporting her, and they don't even know all the facts. I don't know all the facts, but am finding out more everyday. I think the teacher should not have had those words listed. None of them are offensive and it is absurd to ask a class not to say any of them in class. It only makes them want to say them. It has nothing to do with religion. The whole issue has been made to be a religious one, and that is what I find outrageous. The teacher made it about religion when she said, "we don't allow Godly words in class" . She has paid dearly, I imagine for her words. She has found out what words should be said and not said. There is a difference in teaching and being a dictator.
did she really say there would be no Godly talk or is that what someone said she said? there is a big difference. and you are right there no need for a dictator until yours or someone elses child makes a bad grade because the was a outburst by another student during class or test that you get yourself all tore up about because it messed up their 4.0 and you go marching goosestep into the principal office demanding there be a list on the front of the class and a no talking sign on the flashing sign outside..........

sorry I got all worked up like all those damned if she did damned if she didn't posters
Sterkfontein Swartkrans

Doylestown, PA

#24 Aug 26, 2014
Death threats for saying 'bless you'? Disgusting. The pc police need to be reined in! Whatever happened to the first amendment?
MaltaMon

Philadelphia, PA

#26 Aug 27, 2014
Another vulgar celebration of homoerotic pedophilia and predatory child sexual abuse from Canada's NAMBLA Bob, who, in his cowardly manner, posts under Phil's name.
Phil

Manchester, UK

#28 Aug 28, 2014
djw wrote:
And said, naked came I out of my mother's womb,.... Either literally, where he was conceived and lay, and from whence he came into the world, though he afterwards wishes he never had, or had died as soon as he did, Job 3:10, and so it is expressive of his birth, and the circumstance of it; or figuratively, his mother earth, from whence the first man sprang, and so all his posterity with him, being as he of the earth, earthly, see Ecclesiastes 12:7, which sense is mentioned by Jarchi and Aben Ezra; but the first sense seems best: the nakedness referred to is not of the mind or soul, being destitute of righteousness and holiness, with which the following clause will by no means agree, but nakedness of body; and therefore as soon as a child is born, one of the first things done to it is to wrap it in clothes provided for it, see Ezekiel 16:4 and also a being without the things of this life; the apostle's words are a proper comment on these, and explain them, and perhaps these are referred to by him, "we brought nothing into this world", 1 Timothy 6:7, this shows the necessity of the early care of Providence over us, and what reason we have to be thankful for unknown mercies at the time of birth, and in the state of infancy, Psalm 22:9 and what obligations children lie under to parents, and what benefits they receive from them at their first entrance into the world, and which they should religiously requite when through old age they stand in need of their assistance, 1 Timothy 5:4, and this may also serve to abate the pride of man, who will have no reason to boast of his riches, nor of his fine clothes, when he considers his original nakedness; and more especially the use of it may be, and which seems to be the use Job made of it, to make the mind easy under the greatest losses. Job considered he did not bring his substance, his servants, and his children into the world with him; and now they were taken from him, he was but as he was when he came into the world, and not at all the worse; he knew how to be abased, and to abound, and in both was content:
and naked shall I return thither; not into his mother's womb in a literal sense, which was impossible, John 3:4, but to the earth, and to the dust of it, Genesis 3:19, pointing to it with his finger, on which he now lay; meaning that he should go to the place appointed for him, the grave, the house of all living, Job 30:23, and so the Targum here has it,
".... afterwards wishes he never had, or had died as soon as he did..."

Your disappointed parents probably thought the same.
If only they knew what a tragic embarrassment for a son he would become.
Bob

Dorval, Canada

#29 Aug 28, 2014
MaltaMon wrote:
Another vulgar celebration of homoerotic pedophilia and predatory child sexual abuse from Canada's NAMBLA Bob, who, in his cowardly manner, posts under Phil's name.
And in his own cowardly manner, MaltaMon posts under an alias, using a second hand lap-top from multiple internet cafes. He certainly seems to go to extraordinary lengths to evade the authorities.
He obviously has something to hide.

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