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Old 04-03-2013, 11:20 AM
 
Location: Va. Beach
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An eight-year-old Tennessee girl has been sent home from school 24 times this school year because of what her mother describes as her foul odor.
Tennessee girl suspended from school 24 times for

Well, . . .

I can see both sides of things, IF the girl is clean, clean clothes, and just has a natural odor, that is offensive can be a problem in a classroom, an enclosed space, BUT, there should be a way to handle it.

IF however this is a hygiene problem, then other steps need to be taken.

Other than that, I am really at a loss, since the person being hurt, is this 8 year old girl.
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Old 04-03-2013, 11:58 AM
 
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The article claims it is not a medical issue. I'm going to assume it's hygiene. If so then there should not have ever reached the 24 times. If after 3 times she has not learned proper hygiene then she should be suspended until she can. Hopefully that will wake the parents up, since they are to blame as well. There is no reason others should be subject to her stink, pure and simple. We've had that issue come up here at work, I for one will refuse to work with someone that has an offensive odor , and I don't just mean the occasional "I forgot deodorant" odor but I'm talking about clear out the room haven't bathed in over a week odor. We as a race have progressed beyond what the neaderthals once did or in this case did not do.
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Old 04-03-2013, 12:07 PM
 
Location: Cumberland Co., TN
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Perhaps a home visit is in order.
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Old 04-03-2013, 12:13 PM
 
Location: texas
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The article claims it is not a medical issue. I'm going to assume it's hygiene. If so then there should not have ever reached the 24 times. If after 3 times she has not learned proper hygiene then she should be suspended until she can. Hopefully that will wake the parents up, since they are to blame as well. There is no reason others should be subject to her stink, pure and simple. We've had that issue come up here at work, I for one will refuse to work with someone that has an offensive odor , and I don't just mean the occasional "I forgot deodorant" odor but I'm talking about clear out the room haven't bathed in over a week odor. We as a race have progressed beyond what the neaderthals once did or in this case did not do.
I think after the 2nd suspension, that her odor should have been a concern to everyone.

24 is absolutely ridiculous.

Could you immagine this little girl being suspended for head lice 24 times. After the 2nd, someone would have figured out there was a problem.
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Old 04-03-2013, 12:18 PM
 
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Child Protective Services should pay this family a visit. Schools should automatically do this whenever they encounter children who are obviously suffering from neglect (we've all known "The Smelly Kid" in school at one time.).

There's a difference between children living in poverty and children being neglected.

Another possibility is that the child may suffer from a genetic disorder called Trimethylaminuria .
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Old 04-03-2013, 12:22 PM
 
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Child Protective Services should pay this family a visit. Schools should automatically do this whenever they encounter children who are obviously suffering from neglect (we've all known "The Smelly Kid" in school at one time.).

There's a difference between children living in poverty and children being neglected.

Another possibility is that the child may suffer from a genetic disorder called Trimethylaminuria .
^^This. If she's truly being neglected and not kept clean, that is one thing. If she has this (rare) disorder, that's another entirely, and the school and her parents need to figure out a way to deal with it. Kid needs an education.

A few years ago, I saw a TV program which featured a woman who'd had that problem her whole life. She was made fun of in school, had no friends to speak of, and had tried every soap and deodorant on the market, to no effect. I felt so bad for her.
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Old 04-03-2013, 12:25 PM
 
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If it isn't a hygiene issue, could she be eating something that's causing an unpleasant odor? I've heard of people having weird body chemical issues with foods like broccoli and garlic. Some people's bodies respond in "strange and wonderful" ways to things that don't impact others.
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Old 04-03-2013, 12:27 PM
 
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Another possibility is that the child may suffer from a genetic disorder called Trimethylaminuria .
I've never even heard of this. You learn something new every day...
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Old 04-03-2013, 12:30 PM
 
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Old 04-03-2013, 12:32 PM
 
Location: DC area
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Regardless of the reason behind it, I feel horrible for the kid. The suspensions would be humiliating enough; the newspaper and headline now going national is so much worse.

I highly doubt it's a simple issue of her not washing to the best of her ability either. At eight, we'll go to most any level to avoid being the kid that stands out, much less is known for stinking. Maybe it's a disorder, or something she's eating or even something along the lines of her parents don't have running water with which to wash her.

Whatever the issue, was it really necessary for the newspaper to report it? To me it's less of a real news story and more of a creating sensationalistic news for the sake of selling copy thing...all at the expense of a kid. I don't have much of a bleeding heart but this story is wrong on so many levels.
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