- The Washington Times - Wednesday, August 27, 2014

A professor at a small public college in Brunswick, Georgia, has reportedly banned students from saying “bless you” in class and has threatened to deduct points from their final grade if they dare to say it.

Leon Gardner, assistant professor of chemistry at the College of Coastal Georgia, lists six rules on behavior for his Introductory Physics class, Campus Reform reported.

Under Rule No. 6, Mr. Gardner reportedly states: “Saying ‘bless you.’ We are taught that it is polite to say ‘bless you’ when someone sneezes. However, if you say this while I am talking, it is NOT polite, it is very rude!”

He goes on to say that saying “bless you” is “especially” rude and that offenders may see an immediate 1 percent final grade deduction for each occurrence.

“Especially egregious behavior could result in expulsion from the class, withdrawal from the course, and disciplinary action from the college,” he warns.

“I don’t know why I should be addressing this to you,” Mr. Gardner said when asked for comment from Campus Reform, prior to hanging up.

Last week, the Associated Press reported that a Tennessee high school student was sent to the principal’s office for saying “bless you” to another student who sneezed.

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