"Bless You" Teacher Backs Down

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Thanks to widespread publicity — contributed by bloggers such as our intrepid DCG — that school teacher who docked his students’ scores for saying “bless you” in class is now backing off.

Steve Cuckovich's pic on Twitter


Steve Cuckovich, who teaches health at the Will C. Wood High School in Vacaville, California, had docked his students’ scores — by as much as 25 points — on the grounds that “talking of any kind is disruptive and takes time away from class.”
Lori Preuitt reports for NBCBayArea.com, Sept 29, 2011, that Cuckovich had told the Fox affiliate in Sacramento: “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.”
Some parents were furious with the teacher, claiming his rule was anti-religious. So Cuckovich now says he will no longer deduct points from assignments for the disruption, but he added he will continue to control his classroom.

Superintendent John Niederkorn


On Thursday, the district made its first comments on the issue. Superintendent John Niederkorn said that Cuckovich thought the students were sneezing in dramatic fashion with the intent of disrupting class:
“It was brought to the District’s attention a few days ago that students were disciplined for being disruptive in class. The teacher believed that students were dramatically sneezing and responding in repetitive fashion “Bless You”. One of the concerns is the social convention of saying “Gesundheit”, “God Bless You”, or “Bless You” after someone sneezes. Of question is whether a series of these repeated remarks by several students constitutes freedom of speech or a classroom disruption and merits student discipline. Vacaville Unified’s Administration is continuing its investigation of this reported classroom disruption. We are reviewing the impact of this disruption and the student grading policy. Certainly a blessing by one individual to another after a sneeze is a welcomed acknowledgement of a social norm. Hopefully it is not abused as a disruption of classroom instructional activities.”

Here’s the contact info I found:

Will C. Wood High School
998 Marshall Road, Vacaville , CA 95687
Phone: (707) 453-6900 Phone | Fax: (707) 451-3656 Fax

Steve Cuckovich‘s e-mail: Click here

Principal: Clif DeGraw
(707) 453-6900
E-mail: Click here

Superintendent of Vacaville School District
Dr. John Niederkorn
Phone: (707) 453-6100
Email: JNiederkorn@vacavilleusd.org
~Eowyn

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0 responses to “"Bless You" Teacher Backs Down

  1. Glad to hear this news! I’m sure that the kids did disrupt the class AFTER the teacher made his stupid remark about not saying Bless You after a sneeze!! He should have just ignored the first one.
    I am getting so sick and tired of a FEW people being able to have our laws changed just because it OFFENDS THEM!!!!!!
    Where and when is it going to stop???

     
  2. teaching is like dancing in a minefield 🙂 God Bless the good teachers and God help them all. If it were not for a kind ,PATIENT teacher,
    I would not have learned that Jesus loved me at a time when I most needed to know it .

     
  3. Great news!
    Lesson to teacher: you tell the kids not to do something and they will automatically do it! Kids will be kids and they probably took it too far. You just got to roll with it and find another way to get them on track. Duh…

     
  4. Looking at his pic he seems a light in the loafers.

     
  5. As a teacher and a man of faith held hostage by the anti-God police in the public schools for years, I suggest every single believer teach their kids to say instead, (may “nature’s God” bless you,) and keep a copy of the constitution near with a pre-filled out lawsuit, with the teacher’s and principal’s name already on it. Ask for witnesses and they will wilt like the cowards from Hades they are.

     
  6. Cuckovich should be fired outright for being a total dumbass.
    -Dave

     
  7. Ok this has been over dramatized. I go to Will C Wood and was there when this happened. A bunch of freshmen thought that they’d be a bunch of smartasses and have one of them “sneeze” and afterwards each person would say “God bless you” to them followed by the person that sneezed saying thanks to every one who said bless you. This had nothing to do with them saying God bless you he took points away because it caused such a big disruption. Also the teens who did this did something similar a year ago. Cuckovich was only trying to get rid of the disruption. He’s actually a really nice person and great teacher.

     
    • You will have to forgive me for being skeptical as to who you say you are, given that your IP address is anonymized, located in that same vague spot near the Holderman Cemetery in Kansas — same location as the trolls who’ve frequented this site.

       
  8. Me thinks these two foolish men are suffering from the halo effect of Vacaville Prison. I am tired of g-dless heathens disallowing the pledge of allegiance and “g-d bless you” in the USA to appease atheists & muslims.

     

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