NBC – A school nurse and counselor forced an 8-year-old Texas boy to bathe after telling him he “smelled badly, was dirty and had bad hygiene,” according to a lawsuit filed Thursday. The boy was forced to take off his clothes one day in November and the two school officials “began violently washing his body,” the parents said. Amber and Michael Tilley filed the suit against the Peaster School District on Thursday in federal court in Fort Worth. The lawsuit claims the boy was traumatized by what happened and has had to see therapists. “He just kept on and on, wanting to take baths,” his mother said. “You know, he just felt so disgusting.” The parents say nobody from the school ever contacted them about a hygiene problem. “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. “It’s never go two, three days without a bath — never,” the mother said.
So lets get this straight. Smelly Kid shows up to school smelly. Teachers teach him a lesson. Smelly Kid takes baths all the time and wears cologne, no longer being the Smelly Kid. Seems like everyone is playing their fucking role to me. Thats the education system at its finest. Child with problem – problem identified – problem addressed – child no longer with problem.
Sure, hosing a kid down like he’s a horse in a stable might be a bit aggressive. But you know whats worse than the shame of the school nurse stuffing cotton balls in your ears and scrubbing you down? Being the Smelly Kid your whole life. You know how many Pigpen stinkbombs don’t ever get told to their faces that they smell like shit? You know how many teachers in this generation probably just hold their breath for 45 minutes every time they have class with the smelly kid just because they arent allowed to hurt feelings? Just churning out students with zero self awareness and zero hygiene to the point that its too late because they’ve grown from the Smelly Kid to the Smelly Adult. I’d rather my kid get hit with a power washer and a mop in the school showers to turn him into a hygiene freak than have everyone gagging behind his back because he smells like shit.