Girl, 8, repeatedly sent home from school for emitting foul odour

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An eight-year-old girl in Washington County, Tennessee, has missed a total of 24 days of school after repeatedly being suspended for emitting a “foul odour.” The school system has suspended the girl multiple times since October because of that bad smell.

“They just say it’s a foul odour,” the girls’ mother, Krystal Hensley, says. “She takes a bath every day, but they ask her when the last time she took a bath was and she don’t remember. She’s been to the doctor and it’s not a medical problem. They send her home at least once a month. You go to school to learn, not to be sent home.” The issue has become a major problem, not only for Hensley and her daughter, but for the girl’s teachers and fellow students. “We have made repeated attempts to address a foul odor that (name) has been {emitting},” the first suspension notice said.

“This is not being resolved. Other students and teachers are complaining, saying that they can not focus on school activities. We are taking this action because this is disruptive to the school program. If corrective measures are not taken then suspensions will continue.” Those suspensions did continue. The student was suspended two more times in October, twice in December, once in February and then again last week. The school system listed a variety of reasons why: “Did not bathe yesterday or today, Could not remember the last time she took a bath, and sleeps in clothes.”

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Her mother disputes all of that. Regardless, the girl is missing out on school due to something that is apparently beyond her control. The chairman of the Washington County Board of Education now plans to speak up on behalf of the girl. Board Chairman Clarence Mabe said: “It’s not a good situation. Let me sit down with the superintendent and try to come up with a plan. I’ll definitely talk to him and see, because every kid’s important. I don’t know the answer, but we can ask the question and hopefully, somebody can help us.”

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