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Elementary Student Suspended from School 24 Times for "Foul Odor"

Update Date: Apr 03, 2013 02:12 PM EDT
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An eight-year-old girl from Tennessee has been send home from school more than 24 times this year for having "foul odor".

The second-grader was suspended multiple times in October, twice in December and once in February and once in March, according to WJHL in Tennessee.

The girl's mother, Krystal Hensely, told the news station her daughter is a good student and bathes every day, but the Washington County school continues to send her daughter home.

"They just say it's a foul odor," she told WJHL. "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."

According to the school district's suspension notice, other students and teachers at the school have complained that the little girl's smell keeps them from focusing on school activities.

"We have made repeated attempts to address a foul odor that (name) has been (emitting)," the school district's first suspension notice read, according to WJHL. "This is not being resolved. Other students and teachers are complaining, saying that they can not focus on school activities."

The school said that the girl's smell is "disruptive to the school program" and warned that the suspensions will continue if "corrective measures" are not taken.

School district official Ron Dykes told WJHL that children are only sent home in "extreme" situations like when a family refuses to use proper hygiene.

"In those cases, they are very extreme and to be quite frank the odor is so overpowering and extremely offensive to other children and adults so some sort of home bound program is used or the child will be removed temporarily from the school until the family complies," Dykes said.

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