Second-grader repeatedly suspended for body odor

Posted By Kristen Butler,  |  April 3, 2013 at 8:07 AM
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A Washington County school has suspended an eight-year-old several times over the last few months, and she has missed a total of 24 days of school so far, reports The Tennessean.

Suspension documents say the girl hadn't bathed for two days, sleeps in her clothes and couldn't remember the last time she took a bath or brushed her teeth.

The little girl's mom says her daughter does take baths and care for herself.

"She's been to the doctor and it's not a medical problem," said mother Krystal Hensley. "They send her home at least once a month, I mean, you go to school to learn, not to be sent home."

School officials say the girl's smell is so bad that other students and teachers can't focus. The school has been warning the girl's mother since October that if corrective measures aren't taken, suspensions will continue.

The Department of Children's Services says there is no open case on the matter.

The director of schools wouldn't talk about the specific student, but said a child is only sent home in rare and extreme situations.

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