Prof Bans Students From ‘Disrupting’ Class with ‘Bless You’ After a Sneeze

Aug 26, 2014 by

Attention educators across the nation – students do not check their constitutional rights to free speech at the schoolhouse door.

Yet within the past two weeks, news has come out about overzealous teachers who have taken it upon themselves to ban the phrase “bless you” after someone sneezes.

Earlier this month in Tennessee, a high school student was sent to in-school suspension for telling a peer “bless you” after they sneezed, Fox News reported.

And now comes word that a professor at College of Coastal Georgia has a ban on the same phrase.

Campus Reform reports:

[Dr. Leon Gardner, assistant professor of chemistry] promises a grade reduction of up to 15 percent of the final grade to any student who disrupts his class. In the syllabus, he explicitly states that saying “bless you,” interrupting him for handouts that were available prior to class time, and sharpening a pencil are the worst disruptive offenses and could warrant an immediate one percent reduction from the students’ final grades.

This is ridiculous. It’s common courtesy to say this after someone sneezes. These educators are taking things way too far.

via Prof Bans Students From ‘Disrupting’ Class with ‘Bless You’ After a Sneeze.

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