High School Teacher Lowers Students Grades For Saying ‘Bless You’

October 4, 2011 7:50 am

Out of common courtesy, when someone sneezes, people typically will respond with “Bless you.” Well, at a Northern California high school, a few freshman students were disciplined for saying that common courtesy phrase because it was reportedly disrupting class.

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It all started in health class at Will C. Wood High School (Vacaville, CA) when the “disruption” took place. Their teacher, Steve Cuckovich, decided to silence the room by taking off points on students’ grades for being so enthusiastic about saying, “Bless you.”

Superintendent John Niederkorn, of the Vacaville School District, says, “We’re not through, but from everything I understand at this moment, the teacher was trying to maintain appropriate control of students in the class. The students, it appears, were being disruptive.”

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It’s a very touchy subject because the U.S. Constitution comes to mind for some of the parents and the students. But Cuckovich says, “The blessing doesn’t really make any sense anymore,” he told a Sacramento Fox TV news affiliate. “When you sneezed in the old days, they thought you were dispelling evil spirits out of your body. So they were saying ‘God bless you for getting rid of the evil spirits.’ But today, I said, really what you’re doing doesn’t make sense anymore.”

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This story has reached places all over the world including Australia, and since, all of the popularity and outcry has surfaced, Cuckovich has changed back the student’s grades.

What do you think about this story? Do you think the teacher had the right to take control of his class by banning this traditional saying? Let us know in the comments below!