As reported by CBS Charlotte,
A high school student was allegedly suspended after breaking a class rule of saying “bless you” after a classmate sneezed.If this report is accurate, this would be a case of taking separation of church and state to a new extreme. The student did not even say "God bless you", a common and polite way to respond to someone else's sneeze, but merely "bless you". Will "gesundheit" now be the only permitted on-campus response to a sneeze? The story also includes this paragraph:
The girl’s parents were told by school leaders that their daughter shouted “bless you” across the room and that it was a classroom distraction.If the problem was the volume and not the words per se, that would be more understandable. It's been a while since I was high school, but I remember that shouting across the classroom was generally frowned upon. On the other hand, I have given and received "God bless you" more times than I can remember, and have never seen anyone get in trouble for that particular phrase.
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