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Only in America: The 'bless you' ban

A student is suspended for saying "bless you" in class — and more in our collection of strange revelations about the nation

A Tennessee high school senior was suspended for saying "bless you" after another student sneezed in class. Kendra Turner, 18, said her teacher told her that "bless you" was on her list of banned language, because "we're not going to have godly speaking in her class." When Turner protested that she has the right to freedom of speech, the teacher told her, "not in my class, you don't." The principal then suspended Turner.