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Parents Sue: 8-Year-Old Son Forced To Strip And Bathe At School

Parents Sue: 8-Year-Old Son Forced To Strip And Bathe At School

A Texas couple is suing their son’s school district after a nurse and a school counselor stripped the 8-year-old and forced him to shower because he “smelled badly, was dirty, and had bad hygiene,” according to the suit.

The boy was forced to take off his clothes one day last November and the two school officials “began violently washing his body,” the parents said.

Amber and Michael Tilley, of Peaster, near Forth Worth are suing for unspecified monetary damages and to stop the school’s “harassment.”

“His body and his ears, they were really sore, real tender from being scrubbed,” Amber Tilley told NBC Dallas Forth Worth. The parents also said the two stuck cotton balls in their son’s ears and left them there for the whole day, according to the lawsuit.

Michael Tilley said his son is clean and doesn’t smell bad. He is also fuming that the school didn’t call him before breaking out the washcloths.

From NBC5:

“The first thing I said was, ‘You ought to try to call us,’” Michael Tilley said. “And they said, ‘We were trying to avoid him being embarrassed.’ And I said, ‘You all did a real good job of helping that process along.’”

His parents kept him out of school for a week.

“The first day he went back to school, he completely sprayed himself from head to toe and back up again with cologne,” Amber Tilley said. “And it was choking me out, but I didn’t say anything to him.”

His parents say they believe he was clean before the incident and insist that, at age 8, he doesn’t have a problem with body odor.

So far, the school has not commented on the lawsuit.

Why on earth did this school not contact the parents of this child? An 8-year-old’s condition is dependent on his parents, not on him. Yes, poor hygiene is a problem that is embarrassing for the child and needs to be dealt with, but you don’t just strip a kid down in school and scrub him. You talk the situation over with his parents and make sure they realize that the issue is serious and needs to be remedied.

Whether this child was clean or dirty, the school had no right to behave as they did.

What do you think?

 

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2:41PM PDT on Jul 16, 2012

Do parents and children have no rights anymore? I find it interesting the mental gymnastics people are willing to go to for the defense of the school but not so much for the parents or this poor little boy. What is interesting is that nowhere in the article did it mention that this had been a chronic problem but many here assume that it was and that the wicked parents did nothing to pervent their awful child from assulting the teacher with his stench. Or that is how it seems to me, reading some of these comments. Is it not possible for some of you to imagine that the child got dirty en route to school or that he put dirty socks on that morning despite his parents best efforts. Anyone who has raisen an eight year old boy can tell you... they might leave the house clean but its no guarantee that they will arive where they are going in the same state. I wonder how many of our judgemental commentors actually have kids themselves. Its easy to be a "perfect parent" when yoy have no kids.

2:12PM PDT on Jul 16, 2012

they should have called the parents and had them come pick him up and point out that he can't come back until he no longer has an offensive smell. I've had kids come in to my classroom reeking of cigarette smoke because the parents insist on smoking around the children. Of course, the parents can't smell anything and therefore think their kids bathe so they don't smell. Stupidity breeding. Scary thought.

2:05PM PDT on Jul 16, 2012

I'm willing to bet that if the child smelled that bad calling the parents would not have helped. If he was sent to school with poor hygiene do you really think the parents would have cared enough to come to the school and do something about it? PARENTS NEED TO BE RESPONSIBLE!!!!!!!

11:16AM PDT on Jul 2, 2012

After all I had read still thinks an 8 years old still depends on parents, and we should know the school part of the story to have a full panorama, so sad this hapens because the only one harm, is the child; if he was neglected by parents and got bullied it was bad and if he was abused by school is same bad so I feel sorry for him anyway.

5:47AM PDT on Jul 2, 2012

Gee Muriel, I would love to teach in the wonderland where you are. You have probably been there so long that you wouldn't recognize the school situations and bizarre parents many teachers have to deal with. Enjoy what you have. Just don't fool yourself into thinking it's the same for everyone else.

5:47AM PDT on Jul 2, 2012

Gee Muriel, I would love to teach in the wonderland where you are. You have probably been there so long that you wouldn't recognize the school situations and bizarre parents many teachers have to deal with. Enjoy what you have. Just don't fool yourself into thinking it's the same for everyone else.

2:40AM PDT on Jul 2, 2012

LD B.
I am amazed at the wild stories you pulled out of you hat to justify this school personnel.
I am also amazed at your ignorance of the law: Indeed, only GB among the developed countries, allows children to be handled by teachers and administrative personnel. Had this happened in Any of the Eu countries, Canada, or Israel, the personnel would have ended up in jail for child abuse.
As far as understanding the point of view of a teacher, I've taught at high school and college levels for quite a while. I love the teens: if you make the material interesting, they're the ones who'll ask for homework.

12:29AM PDT on Jul 2, 2012

LBD, I applaud your patient efforts.
I am about ready to give up teaching because of Fred and his ilk. Like social workers get blamed when people hurt their own kids, teachers get blamed when Johnny is stupid and belligerent. I am just glad that my own 3 children did not pursue a career in education. It's not just a thankless job, it doesn't pay much either.
Best of luck trying to educate the "great unwashed" out there. : )

12:24AM PDT on Jul 2, 2012

LDB, I applaud your patient efforts.
For myself, I am just about ready to quit teaching because of Fred and his ilk. Schools, teachers and other educators have become the whipping boy for all of society's problems. Just like social workers get blamed when someone harms their kid, we get blamed when Johnny is stupid and belligerent. I am just glad that none of my own three children went into education. It is a thankless profession.
But I do wish you success in converting the "great unwashed". :)

12:24AM PDT on Jul 2, 2012

LDB, I applaud your patient efforts.
For myself, I am just about ready to quit teaching because of Fred and his ilk. Schools, teachers and other educators have become the whipping boy for all of society's problems. Just like social workers get blamed when someone harms their kid, we get blamed when Johnny is stupid and belligerent. I am just glad that none of my own three children went into education. It is a thankless profession.
But I do wish you success in converting the "great unwashed". :)

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