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.
“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.
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