And no, this is not from The Onion:
A Tennessee teenager is claiming religious persecution after allegedly being removed from class for saying “bless you” when another student sneezed….
Here is the girl’s Facebook account of the event:
Via MyFox Memphis: No Talking In class?
A girl sitting right next me sneezed in class. I said “Bless You!” My teacher (name redacted), asked “Who said that?” I said “me.” She said “Why did you say that?” I said “Because it is courtesy.” She said “Says who?” I said “Says my pastor.” She said “Well we don’t say that in my class.”
I asked her why it was a big deal to her. She yelled at me and said “We will not have Godly speaking in my class!” That is when I stood up and said “My pastor said I have a constitutional right -1st amendment freedom of speech.” She said “Not in my class you don’t.”
I said “I will defend my religion.” She said “You will not in my class because I trump everyone.” Then another student stepped in and said “You don’t over trump God.” So she sent me to the office and the assistants principal said “if I didn’t want to respect my teachers rules then maybe My pastor should teach me because my freedom or speech and religion does not work at their school.
Then they sent me to ISS (in school suspension). After I left the class room all my class mates stood up and defended me the teacher had to call assistants principal to control the class.”
The assistant principal, however, said that the student’s suspension had nothing to do with religious persecution, but that she had been removed from the class for causing a disturbance.
Um, ok. Whatever…