Cancer patient says she’s banned from school over odor


ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – A mother battling breast cancer said she was banned from her daughter’s elementary school because of how she smells.

KOBR-TV reported that New Mexico mother Kerri Mascareno is taking chemotherapy pills to shrink the tumor before surgery.

Mascareno is battling stage four breast cancer and unpleasant odors can be a side effect of breast cancer and chemotherapy.

Mascareno said the principal of Tierra Antigua Elementary School told her she could no longer enter the Albuquerque school because of her odor.

She said she met with the school’s principal, Robert Abney, last week about her daughter. Mascareno claims even after she moved outside, the principal stood at his window and told her to move farther away.

“He just said that he would have to ask me to sit in my car because he could smell me through the window,” Mascareno said, according to KOBR-TV.

KOBR-TV reported that the principal refused to comment on the situation when asked on Wednesday.

Read more: KOBR-TV


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