As the story reads, were these kids in the class just being disruptive as a group, like all kids do. One does it than another does it, something nobody will ever get in trouble for. "You can't touch me" kind of thing? I'll sneeze and you say "Bless you", its all innocent, who has the best sneeze, the mission of the day to screw around. Or is this teacher on some kind of politically correct agenda, to strike any reference to God being used? Who doesn't remember as a kid, whats more fun than being a disruption with normal things, we all did it, and so did our kids. Gives them a badge of honor to brag about during the lunch break.
We had a history teacher Mr. Holdridge, who had this habbit of blinking oddly, so we kicknamed him "Holdy the poor blinking fool". One day Holdy had his zipper down, and everyone saw it, was giggling, and one kid kept raising his hand, Holdy told him over and over, put your hand down. Holdy knew he was just being disrptive, finally he gave in and asked "what". He went up to him and whispered your fly is down, so he sat down at his desk. The class was laughing outloud, and Holdy finally gave in, zipped it up behind the desk, and with a red face said "OK lets all have a good laugh". EVeryday was something new, being jerks in Holdy's class. Kids all do it, some teachers show some weakness, and it spreads like wildfire what you can get away with. Its like a competition. We could write a book on what we did to Mrs. Brockmier.