WASHINGTON COUNTY, Tenn. (CBS Charlotte) — A Tennessee mother says a school has suspended her second grade daughter 24 times because of the child’s “foul order.”
WJHL-TV reports the trouble began in October for the unidentified 8-year-old Washington County girl when teachers and students began complaining about the way the girl smelled.
“They just say it’s a foul odor,” Krystal Hensley, the girl’s mother, told WJHL. “She takes a bath every day, but they ask her when the last time she took a bath was and she (doesn’t) remember.”
The school has listed a number of reasons why the girl has been suspended, including not bathing and sleeping in her clothes, but Hensley disputes those claims.
“She’s been to the doctor and it’s not a medical problem,” Hensley told WBIR-TV. “They send her home at least once a month. I mean, you go to school to learn, not to be sent home.”
Washington County Director of Schools Ron Dykes says cases like this can reveal children living in “troubling conditions.”
“When children appear to be dirty or have excessive body odor generally the teacher will have a conference with the child or ask the nurse or guidance counselor to discuss the issue with the parent to determine the possible cause,” Dykes told WJHL. “There are rare instances when a medical problem is involved, but more often than not it is simply poor hygiene and the child is living in troubling conditions.”
Hensley claims that the Department of Children Services have looked into the matter, but the department says it does not have an open case regarding this situation.