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WASHINGTON Co., TN (WJHL) – A 2nd grade student has missed at least 24 days of school this school year, all because of what is described as her foul odor.

The school system has suspended the eight year-old multiple times since October because of that bad smell.

“They just say it’s a foul odor,” her mother Krystal Hensley said. “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 several documents Hensley provided, the school system said this student’s smell is disruptive, so bad in fact, that other students and teachers complain about it, saying they can’t focus on school.

The school has warned if corrective measures aren’t taken, the suspensions will continue.

Washington County Director of Schools Ron Dykes would not talk about a specific child or case, but he did explain how these kinds of situations are generally handled by the district.

He said usually after talking to the parents, the school tried to resolve it by searching for money or an agency to help.

Hensley said the Department of Children Services did investigate at one point but the case was closed.

“She makes good grades, I mean, that’s not the problem, problem is you can’t learn if you’re not at school,” she said.

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