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Funk

Johnson City, TN

#1 Apr 3, 2013
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.

The second-grader's mother, Krystal Hensley, told WJHL.com that officials at the unidentified Washington County school continue to send her daughter home despite attempts to correct the problem.

"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," Hensley told the station.

Other students and teachers at the school have complained of the smell, saying they are unable to focus on school activities, according to a suspension notice Hensley provided to WJHL.com .

The school has warned that the suspensions will continue if "corrective measures" are not taken, according to the report.

Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/us/2013/04/03/tennesse...

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#2 Apr 3, 2013
Maybe, just maybe... That short segment wasn't long enough to explain that DCS has been involved, and has closed the case each time. Maybe it's possible that this mother decided enough was enough and that the child is suffering more by comments from people who know her and know she has been sent home for a "smell" but are CLUELESS to the efforts of the parents to fix the issue.

There are REAL reasons this is happening and the school system isn't always "forthcoming" with efforts to help... People are saying it's not their "job".... Then what is? I remember a hygiene class in school... If it's enough concern of the school to send her home, and they feel the parents aren't doing anything to help, maybe they should try to educate the child. It's apparent that there are holes in the broadcast enough to stir controversy, but only one of you so far are willing to admit that there is any fault what-so-ever in what the school is doing here. 

You best believe that I'd do the same thing if I EVER felt my child wasn't being treated fairly at school.... The difference is... The school mine attend KNOW that I will and they make darn sure that "issues" get settled quickly. Raising a child IS a joint effort... If it were only a PARENTS responsibility, then WHY, please tell me WHY... are we obligated by LAW to send them to school.?!? Hmmm. You had best believe, if I can go to jail for "neglecting/mistreating " my children, so can the "school" who the LAW says MY CHILD has to attend 7 hours a day, 5 days a week, 10 months out of the year. Smh.
wow

Watauga, TN

#3 Apr 3, 2013
^ so you think it's the schools job to teach a kid to take a bath? Get real and step up and stop expecting someone else to take care of your kid. It is required by law to attend schools so your kids don't turn out to be dumb asses and not know how to count money or read a freaking stop sign, not so they can help you raise your kid.. you are a pathetic piece of work expecting a "joint" effort on complete strangers to raise your child.. shake your head is right.. keep shaking it until you get some freaking sense. As far as the topic on the stinky kid, I agree they should be sent home.. I went to school with a girl who stunk everyday, and yes it is very distracting for everyone around.
As far as that goes it is the PARENTS responsibility to teach a kid hygiene and grooming. NOT the school.. GET real Ga peach TN flower you are a pathetic parent if you aren't willing to take 100% responsibility for your child and expect the school to be responsible for your short comings. I bet you blame everyone but yourself for every other problem you have too..

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#4 Apr 3, 2013
wow wrote:
^ so you think it's the schools job to teach a kid to take a bath? Get real and step up and stop expecting someone else to take care of your kid. It is required by law to attend schools so your kids don't turn out to be dumb asses and not know how to count money or read a freaking stop sign, not so they can help you raise your kid.. you are a pathetic piece of work expecting a "joint" effort on complete strangers to raise your child.. shake
your head is right.. keep shaking it until you get
some freaking sense. As far as the topic on th
stinky kid, I agree they should be sent home.. I went to school with a girl who stunk everyday, and yes it is very distracting for everyone around.
As far as that goes it is the PARENTS responsibility to teach a kid hygiene and grooming. NOT the school.. GET real Ga peach TN flower you are a pathetic parent if you aren't willing to take 100% responsibility for your child and expect the school to be responsible for your short comings. I bet you blame everyone but yourself for every other problem you have too..
Absolutely not. I take 100% responsibility foe my children and beat myself up if I ever feel I fail them in any way. I have more sense than you can imagine... It's obvious you cannot comprehensively read text. I will repeat myself, just for you... If the school feels that the parents aren't taking necessary steps- Dcs has been called, opened and closed the case- then why would it be SO DIFFICULT for the school to give pointers on such hygiene issues?!? Seriously... They want to teach children about SEX when that should be the parents job... So why can't they teach them to keep their body clean too?!? My oldest son is in CDC classes, where such things as 2+2=4 are not comprehended easily... But the biggest concern for my child is that he do for himself like: learn to wipe his own rear and
dress himself without another assistance... It is allowable within the school systems/educational guidelines... Why not take a stand as the school who has the "problematic" smell no one else can smell... Even drs and Dcs workers... And work WITH THE FAMILY.?!? I don't expect anyone to do anything for my children. But if their teacher sees something that needs to be addressed- I expect then to bring it to my attention AFTER they have addressed it. It doesn't make sense any other way. This forum is for opinions. This is mine.
Furious George

Johnson City, TN

#5 Apr 4, 2013
WOW of E-Town seems to have a lot of pent up anger. Chill out. GApeach-Tnflower is stating her opinion and I happen to agree with her.
Reading the initial article from Funk, I think it unwise to use the name of the little child as this could really harm her in the future.
If DHS/Childrens' Services found no fault then I think it has to be medical. Try a second opinion. Stop the Abuse with your words. This is a second grader for goodness sake. A little Angel.
WOW, relax. You mean well but the anger you show is harmful. This is my opine.
Ztop

Asheville, NC

#6 Apr 4, 2013
I think this article really sucked. I find it very odd if this stems from a hygiene issue since the mother actually took the steps to take the child to the doctor to find out what was causing the smell. Anyone with common sense would bathe their child first and make their child bathe and change their clothes daily. If it wasn't a medical problem then I guess that's what the doctor's words of advice were? On the other hand, if this is a hygiene issue, that's terrible. Regardless of what this is, I feel horrible for this child. This will haunt her for the rest of her life. There are way too many unanswered questions on this article.
opinonman

Cherokee, NC

#7 Apr 14, 2013
Bromohydrosis....a condition that is genetic or caused by microbial interaction on hormones? this could be what this child has? somebody tell her mother to see a Dr. preferably a specialist at UT? must not have a school nurse or someone with brains at that school, poor kid suffering for naught.

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#8 Apr 14, 2013
opinonman wrote:
Bromohydrosis....a condition that is genetic or caused by microbial interaction on hormones? this could be what this child has? somebody tell her mother to see a Dr. preferably a specialist at UT? must not have a school nurse or someone with brains at that school, poor kid suffering for naught.
Thank you. I will pass this on to the mother. After the story aired, a doctor stepped up to find the cause and is now helping the child.:)
parent

Johnson City, TN

#9 Apr 14, 2013
Furious George wrote:
WOW of E-Town seems to have a lot of pent up anger. Chill out. GApeach-Tnflower is stating her opinion and I happen to agree with her.
Reading the initial article from Funk, I think it unwise to use the name of the little child as this could really harm her in the future.
If DHS/Childrens' Services found no fault then I think it has to be medical. Try a second opinion. Stop the Abuse with your words. This is a second grader for goodness sake. A little Angel.
WOW, relax. You mean well but the anger you show is harmful. This is my opine.
I agree the mother should have never given name. The school system does not give name of minors. The mother is the blame.
parent

Johnson City, TN

#10 Apr 14, 2013
GApeach-TNflower wrote:
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Thank you. I will pass this on to the mother. After the story aired, a doctor stepped up to find the cause and is now helping the child.:)
The cause is the filth she lives in. Cat and dog waste etc. Dept. of Children Services sucks in East TN.
Disgusting

Jonesborough, TN

#11 Apr 14, 2013
The quack Mom should have kept her face and her name off of the tv. This poor child will never, ever be able to live this down. Kids AND other parents are always going to see her and remember her as the smelly girl whose Mom plastered her business on the local news. Shame on her!!

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#12 Apr 14, 2013
parent wrote:
<quoted text>I agree the mother should have never given name. The school system does not give name of minors. The mother is the blame.
The mother gave her name, not her child's name. This mother tried to get her daughter help on many levels and this was a more drastic attempt. When you become a PARENT in this situation, then YOU can say who's to blame and point fingers all you want. Until then, why not step up and try to HELP... or is that not something people should do either?!?

Who are you to judge anyone?

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#13 Apr 14, 2013
parent wrote:
<quoted text>The cause is the filth she lives in. Cat and dog waste etc. Dept. of Children Services sucks in East TN.
Have you ever been inside the home?
If the home is undesirable by your standards then why don't YOU take a stand and offer help? Why is it so easy for you to point your blaming fingers instead of lending a helping hand?!? I do know that this family has tried for the last 3 years to move from this home and have not had the financial means to do so. Since you are so perfect, do you know of anyone that can help them? Can you send that mother a name or two of real estate agents that can help them? Come on now... Do you have any compassion?
Again I say, who are YOU to judge?!?
Curious George

United States

#14 Apr 15, 2013
GApeach-TNflower wrote:
<quoted text>
Thank you. I will pass this on to the mother. After the story aired, a doctor stepped up to find the cause and is now helping the child.:)
Ask the doctor if this condition can be identified from blood samples of the unborn? Just another reason to abort. Just Sayin
WoW

Johnson City, TN

#15 Apr 15, 2013
Curious George wrote:
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Ask the doctor if this condition can be identified from blood samples of the unborn? Just another reason to abort. Just Sayin
Figures an asinine comment like that would come from someone named after a monkey in a kid's book.

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#16 Apr 15, 2013
Curious George wrote:
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Ask the doctor if this condition can be identified from blood samples of the unborn? Just another reason to abort. Just Sayin
At any rate, abortion is wrong IMO so I won't even entertain the thought further.
Well

Bristol, TN

#17 Apr 15, 2013
So what did the specialist determine the cause to be? It's been a long enough period of time. Did the mother get the resolve she hoped for, Angela? Poor child.

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#18 Apr 15, 2013
I'm not too wild about the body order and beer breath of grown-up fools that come into my office and breathe on me. BUt, I digress...I could cut a little slack on a kid if I were her teacher or some other adult in the school to find out if she owns soap and water. One could take the kid aside and gently ask her if she bathes every night, etc. and who taught her to wash her hair, etc. Kids don't know how to take care of themselves.. they have to be taught. I won't speculate if it's a medical condition or not- it very well may be. At any rate, it's sad. And, sometimes, mental illness is involved with people who don't keep themselves clean. Could be a lot of things. I just hope this little kid gets the help she needs..
Anonymous

Rock Hill, SC

#19 Apr 16, 2013
GApeach-TNflower wrote:
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Thank you. I will pass this on to the mother. After the story aired, a doctor stepped up to find the cause and is now helping the child.:)
If you do have a way to contact the mother, would please tell her that I had a similar problem as a child. I had excellent hygiene but still stunk! I skipped school so much because of teasing, I almost failed. It took more than two years to find out that I was allergic to man made materials in my shoes. The solution was leather shoes made by Eastland. Perhaps her daughter has an allergy like mine. After several more years I finally grew out of this. I hope things get better for her.
OldTennGranny

Jonesborough, TN

#20 Apr 16, 2013
Please tell the mother to have the child's Immune System checked. When my Immune System gets low I smell like...CHEESE! lol

My Dr. told me when the Immune System gets low it changes the body odor.

I just went into my Dr.'s office & said y'all are gonna think I'm stupid but something is bad wrong because I smell like cheese! They said well we will just start calling u cheesy then! lol

Yet, they done required testing & sure enough my Immune System was low.

God's blessings to this precious child.

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