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Girl, 8, suspended from school after emitting bad odor

By Mason White 5:07 AM April 8, 2013
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By: Eva Fett
(Scroll down for video) A little girl was suspended from school because her teachers and classmates could not tolerate her terrible odor, according to press reports in Tennessee.

The eight-year-old girl from Tennessee was sent home from school 24 times this school year due to what her mother described as her odor.

The mother of the second grader, Krystal Hensley, said that school officials in Washington County continue sending her daughter home despite attempts to correct the problem.

“She has been to the doctor and does not have a medical problem. They send her home at least once a month. She is goes to school to learn, not to be sent home,” Hensley told a local television new station.

Other students and school teachers have complained about the smell, saying they are not able to focus on school activities, according to a notice of suspension sent to Hensley.

The school has warned that the suspension will continue unless corrective measures are taken, according to the report.

“The mother cannot expect the entire school to suffer because of her daughter. If there is nothing that can be done to correct her odor she should consider hiring a personal teacher for her child or home school the child,” Marilyn Baker, 30, of Memphis, Tennesse, who is a mother to two children told after reading about the case.

Ron Dykes, director of schools in the School District of Washington County, said that a child is sent home when the family refuses to use proper hygiene or if the child is not forced to use proper hygiene.

“In those cases, they are very extreme and to be quite frank the smell is so unbearable and very offensive to other children and adults, therefore, some kind of home-bound program should be used until the family corrects the problem,” Dykes told the television news station.Mobile video not loading? Click here to view