There’s a teacher at William C. Wood High School who punished a student for responding “God bless you” to a fellow student’s sneeze. Much as I’d like to have a high school named after me, that William C. Wood High School isn’t. And that high school is in Vacaville, California, thousands of miles from where I live. So, to those who find this site by looking for that school: I had nothing to do with it. In my part of the world, “Bless you” is a common reaction to a sneeze — not universal, but frequent. Nobody means any offense by it and typically none is taken.

Sneezing controversy: not me