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Family, student fights to have 'bless you' allowed in school

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The teacher allegedly has a list of words that students may not use in the classroom. (Photo Source: Viewer submitted) The teacher allegedly has a list of words that students may not use in the classroom. (Photo Source: Viewer submitted)
Senior Kendra Turner said "bless you" in a class. (Photo Source: WMC Action News 5) Senior Kendra Turner said "bless you" in a class. (Photo Source: WMC Action News 5)
DYER COUNTY, TN -

(WMC) - A Dyer County High student and her family are looking to a higher power, asking for a public apology and the words "bless you" allowed in the school.

Kendra Turner and her family have engaged the services of a group out of Texas called Liberty Institute, a nonprofit group that defends religious liberties across America.

This comes after Turner was reportedly suspended for saying "bless you" in class after someone sneezed.

The group sent a demand letter to Dyer County High requesting the apology and reinstatement of bless you. 

Dyer County High is not commenting.

Becky Wisegardner said the words on the board were discussed in youth group. She told the group it is a constitutional right to use the words.

"We've gotten to the point where we're concerned about the words 'bless you' violating the constitution. That's just ludicrous," she said. "Our church has had threats. We've had threats. It's ridiculous that in America this would turn into such a thing."

Wisegardner said another student was scolded earlier in the year for saying "bless you."

Memphis attorney Leslie Ballin said the whole thing is a matter of separation of church and state and whether "bless you" is considered a religious term.

The attorney at Liberty Institute said if Dyer County High doesn't meet their demands, a federal lawsuit is possible.

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