Student Loses 25 Grade Points for Saying “Bless You” to a Sneeze

It has nothing to do with religion, don’t cha know? It’s about disrupting the classroom. When you disrupt Health Teacher, Steve Cuckovich’s classroom with a “Bless You” after a sneeze, you lose 25 grade points. Students seem to be dismayed by the punishment.  One said, it’s “respectful to say bless you.” 

Bless You!

The Teacher:

“The blessing really doesn’t make sense anymore,” Cuckovich explained. “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.”

Wow! I didn’t know “God bless you” had a thing to do with evil spirits. I thought it had to do with a blessing. A person sneezes. Might be ill. We ask for a blessing.

The Principal of the Vacaville, California Will C. Woods High School says he thinks the teacher went “overboard” with his punishment of striking 25 grade points, and says they will find another way in the future to deal with cases like this one – but there nothing in the report to say the student will get his/her 25 points back.

Posted by Maggie @ Maggie’s Notebook

  • I always thought people said “Bless You” after someone sneezed because people believed that during the sneeze, a person’s heart stops.

    • BobF, oh yes, I remember this as well. Is that really true?

      • Annette

        I know of 3 explainations: I personally like #1 and #3:

        1) The heart was believed to momentarily stop during a sneeze (it doesn’t), thus the “Bless you!” was uttered either as a supplication for life to return or as a congratulation upon its successful restart.

        2) At one time people believed a man’s soul could be inadvertently thrust from his body by an explosive sneeze, thus “Bless you!” was a protective oath uttered to safeguard the temporarily expelled and vulnerable soul from being snatched up by Satan (who was always lurking nearby). The purpose of the oath was to cast a temporary shield over the flung-out soul which would protect it just long enough for it to regain the protection of the corporeal body.

        3 ) Conversely, the sneeze itself was the expulsion of a demon or evil spirit which had taken up residence in a person. Therefore, although the “Bless you!” was again a protective charm meant to protect the sneezer from evil, in this version it was meant to ward off the re-entry of an evil spirit which a tormented soul had just rid itself of.

  • Probably an atheist who can’t stand to be reminded their is a G0d. I quit FB and now am on Freedom Torch, Maggie. I Miss everyone there! But, I had enough when my posts were being hijacked by a Obama “Like” Page!

    • Fran, were they stealing your posts and reposting on FB? I began having all of my content scraped a few months ago. They showed up on a good looking site – a news site, and the poster was ACLU. When you clicked on ACLU, it took me to the ACLU site. I don’t think they were doing it, but who knows. There was no way to leave a message on ttheir site.

      All the links inside my post were live, except a link back to me. I began putting “Posted by Maggie @ Maggie’s Notebook and linking it to the post, at the end of every post. It eventually stopped it.

      I haven’t heard about Freedom Torch. I’ll take a look, and Fran, thank you so much for the blessings. I always appreciate them, and I’m sending them right back to you.

  • OOPS! I mean “there” is a G0d. Have a great weekend, Maggie! I want to add: “bless you”, not because you sneezed, but may G0d bless you for all that you do!