When someone sneezes, it’s common for a person in the vicinity to respond, “bless you.”
But for making that remark, students in Steven Cuckovich’s health class in Vacaville, Calif. lost 25 points off a test. The next day, someone used the phrase again when a student sneezed, and Will C. Wood High School student Erica Fagan told KXTV that Cuckovich docked points off everyone’s grades.
The punishment has nothing to do with religion, Cuckovich tells KTXL News in Sacramento. Rather, it’s about deterring students from being disruptive in class and interrupting learning time.
“The blessing doesn’t really make sense anymore,” Cuckovich told KTXL. “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 evil spirits. But today, what you’re doing really doesn’t make sense.”
Parents aren’t pleased, and the school’s principal agrees that the punishment doesn’t fit the offense. But Cuckovich says students will still face consequences for the act, just in a less severe way, The Christian Post reports.
Students also told KXTV that the sneezing-response rule isn’t in the syllabus for the class — a one-semester course required for graduation.
The Vacaville Unified School District issued a statement Thursday saying that it’s investigating “this reported classroom disruption,” as Cuckovich “believed that students were dramatically sneezing and responding in a repetitive fashion, ‘bless you,’” KGO-TV reports.
A federal appeals court in California ruled this month, in favor of a school’s decision, that a math teacher for Poway Unified School District cannot display banners proclaiming “In God We Trust,” “One Nation Under God,” “God Bless America” and “God Shed His Grace On Thee.”
Who is this evil Grinch of a teacher? Obviously he needs to be prescribed some serious meds for being so uptight. He’s probably that old guy that lives in the creepy house on the corner — you know, the one who the cops make fun of behind his back because he complains so much? The guy who is constantly calling the cops on the neighbors who walk on his grass or yelling at kids that are too loud on the playground? He probably needs a hug.
Who cares if saying “Bless You” to someone is a tradition based on old beliefs? Plenty of sayings have ancient origins — are you going to ban all of them too? I wouldn’ be surprised if the students will soon be failed out of the class for just sneezing. Or maybe coughing. That’s sooo disruptive.
Soooo let me get this straight. This guy, who is now facing 20 years in jail for child pornography, spent his career “bettering” our country by weeding out illegal aliens? Hmmm…
I don’t know about you, but I would definitely prefer my neighbor to be an illegal immigrant who works hard and tries to achieve the American dream as opposed to a government employee who has been convicted of transportation of child pornography, receipt of child pornography, and possession of child pornography. Just sayin’.
Just read this article. It tells the story of George Junius Stinney, Jr., a 14-year-old black child who was electrocuted by the state of South Carolina in 1944. He was accused of murdering two white girls with a railroad spike.
Death penalty for a child?? A child, for that matter, who was 99.9% innocent?? No proof. No evidence. No record of conviction. Just some Southern white cops wanting to find someone to pin the crime on so their job is “done.” And just some prosecutor with political aspirations that wanted to be seen as a success.
The District Attorney in this county is looking to reopen the case because he believes Stinney is innocent. This was a complete miscarriage of justice, so he wants to “right” the wrongs of history. But no matter what is done to fix the public records of this crime, no one can bring this 14-year-old back to life.
Now we look at cases like this and think, “That’s barbaric!” or “Wow, back then the system was mess up!” But don’t you think that fifty years from now people will look back at 2011 and the Troy Davis case and think the very same thing? I know, they are not identical. Troy Davis was not a child at the time and his murder case was a bit different. But both cases had virtually no physical evidence and in the end the “murderers” were killed by the state — though their innocence seemed likely.
I encourage you to read the whole article. It’s short, but it’s very shocking. Just another reason for our society to truly reconsider how we decide someone is “guilty” and how we decide to punish them.
Like the folks over at Old Navy, the White House doesn’t seem to understand the concept of proofreading. Except this time it isn’t grammar… it’s geography. Apparently those top-notch Obama advisors don’t quite know their states like they should.
President Obama is visiting California, Washington, and Colorado in this week, so press passes were handed out to journalists and reporters. On it you can see a helpful little map, where people who don’t understand the geography of the United States can see those three states highlighted for their convenience. Except… wait… that’s not Colorado.