California HS Teacher Steve Cuckovich Deducts 25 Points from Student’s Grade for Saying "Bless You"

William C. Wood High health teacher Steve Cuckovich punished a student this week because he or she uttered the words, “bless you.”

Cuckovich said the student disrupted his class and took 25 points off the student’s grade. He told KTXL News in Sacramento, “It’s not … got anything to do with religion,” Wood High health teacher Steve Cuckovich told KTXL News in Sacramento. “It’s got to do with an interruption of class time.” Um, really? Why couldn’t he have just issued the student a warning? It seems very extreme to deduct points for uttering those words or for disrupting the class if it happened once.