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Students reprimanded for saying ‘bless you’

Written by The Sarcasmist on September 30, 2011 - Comments (35)
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Steve Cuckovich (from his twitter account)

In a Bay Area high school, teacher Steve Cuckovich docked his students’ scores after they said “bless you” in the middle of class, citing that talking of any kind is disruptive and takes time away from more important things.

Cuckovich, who teaches health at William C. Wood High School in Vacaville says that “The blessing doesn’t make any sense anymore. 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 doesn’t really make any sense.”

Of course, some parents were upset with the teacher, but it’s tough to argue with his logic. We don’t live in the dark ages anymore, where we have to worry about evil spirits. Unfortunately, the same is not true when it comes to having to deal with morons. Perhaps the term “God bless you” should now be used to offering blessing onto those who have to endure idiotic behavior or decisions by others. But I guess that wouldn’t really help the situation here since all of Mr. Cuckovich’s students would need to be blessed.


  1. Gah, thought that said test, not class. Guess I’m a bit of an idiot for not reading more closely and being too quick to respond. That seems a lot more unreasonable, and yeah dude sounds like a prick. Rules are rules I guess.

  2. Actually it was started when the plague was going around and people would “put a blessing on” someone who sneezed in an effort to protect them. But whatever, either way no one is harmed by the phrase and even as a pagan I say it. Blessings, whether to protect from evil spirits or just wish someone to be blessed, have nothing to do with religion, in my opinion.

  3. It doesn’t matter what that student said. Whether is was “Bless you” or a series of swearwords. When a teacher is trying to teach you something and asks of you to be quiet, you are either quiet or you suffer the concequences. In this case a lower grade. Who cares? It’s not like the teacher physically or verbally abused them. I agree that if no warning was given and the teacher is simply trying to rag on anything that stems from religion, he’s doing a poor job educating he’s students. But if he does not follow his words up with actions, he’s doing an even worse job. Like I said, whatever was said is not important, only whether or not a warning was given by the teacher in question. Why that teacher even bothered explaining himself is beyond me. That’s exactly what is wrong with the world, we all have to be so, goddamn, correct. I hope none of the Christian readers here are offended by my choice of words, I didn’t mean to be crude…(/sarcasm) Right… Just my two cents.

  4. who said there was a test?? from what i read there is no middle ground, the man was wrong, this is like limiting the freedom of expression, like my lecturer telling me not to chew gum in his class, but i guess it depends on how the bless you was being used, but DOCKING scores??? come on

  5. laeanne farnsworth

    I taught my children to say, thank you, please and God bless you when someone sneezed! It shows manners! Plain and simple! As a parent, I would have had to have a talk with this teacher! I must say it would have been a hard conversation to have and still practice what I preach!

  6. Please read the article people. The cited reason was talking in class. This student probably spoke during a test. Its probably that, more than the blessing itself, which got the student in trouble.

  7. Well, I get what he means but when I say bless you, it is driven by empathy, a wish, genuine concern for the continuous well being of that individual.

    Awareness about the inner battle, experience that can feel beyond one’s control and finally the relief and later on the need for “damage control” & approval.

    I ‘reward’ that person (when I kindhearted say bless you and not per automatic) because sneezing in public can feel embarrassing almost forbidden and if you hold it in or hold your nose while sneezing you might hurt yourself(that is what the scientists say and it is something that we all know) so we “need” the OK sign, the reinforcing bless you from a perhaps random representative of society – another individual instead of feeling* goose bumps rising on the back of your neck*right after you feel the relief, goose bumps from the cold breath of the momentarily mute from the insolence of the moment piercing look of the evil and lacking of empathy judging spirit(s) – the false notion of us(society) but hm now that I think about it that should apply about farting as well:DDDD lol but his(Dick’s) intentions are pure, may he keep evolving to something greater . . .

  8. has sarcasm been lost on the sarcastic? reading these posts has me scrathing my head

  9. we should be saying, “You are so good looking!”

  10. My first thought was a “health” teacher? Usually health teachers, are gym teachers doing the extra classes they ‘have’ to do. At least that was the case in old days. I think the guy has a problem and likes to throw his so called authority around. This made me laugh!

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