Kendra Turner, a student at Dyer County High School, told WMC-TV that when her teacher told her she had broken a class rule against invoking religious terms, she complained.
“She said that we’re not going to have godly speaking in her class," Turner said, "and that’s when I said we have a constitutional right. ... It’s all right to defend God and it’s our constitutional right, because we have a freedom of religion and freedom of speech."
Turner was then sent to an administrators office and given an in-school suspension. Turner's parents say that school officials told them she was suspended because shouted "bless you" and disrupted the class.
According to the article "Local pastor Becky Winegardner said this wasn't the first time Turner's teacher had clashed with students over religion.
“There were several students that were talking about this particular faculty member there that was very demeaning to them in regard to their faith,” Winegardner told WMC. “This was something that had come up previously in the last few weeks just since the beginning of school, and I shared with all of those students what their rights were.”
According to Turner the teacher has a list of "banned terms" on her whiteboard that include: Bless you,' 'hang out,' 'my bad,' 'dumb,' 'stupid,' 'stuff'.
So what do you guys think? Was Turner being disruptive or was the teacher being a jerk? Can teachers really enforce these "banned terms" they create? It seems like that's something that should be left up with an administrator. I could see not allowing "dumb" and "stupid" to be said in class, but "Bless You" is a perfectly fine term and I don't have a problem with "stuff" unless its being overused.