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(Stuff.co.nz)   Teacher bars student from class because she: A) threatened other classmates. B) continually showed up late. C) smelled like curry   (stuff.co.nz) divider line 81
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2012-11-20 11:08:25 AM  

gonegirl: If the teacher publicly shamed the student - the article doesn't make it particularly clear - then that's totally unacceptable. But otherwise, I do have some sympathy with the instructor, who may have been trying not to barf on her students and came up with an unfortunate solution that she explained poorly to the embarrassed kid.


It depends. One of the places I worked we had a vegan who thought that because he ate no meat, he had no BO, so he showered very infrequently and never wore deodorant. Management had to write him up twice before he took it seriously, as none of use would work with his smelly, unhygienic presence. He was asked to please change his habits privately on several occasions, but it took not only the public humiliation but the threat of termination to get him to stop being so nasty.
 
2012-11-20 11:08:29 AM  
My Indian neighbors cook all the time and it smells AMAZING. I love it when they cook.

But that being said, I've sat next to off the boat Indians on the train and it does sometimes smell like BO that is masked by curry. Not good.

I remember in elementary school some of the Indian girls were very self-conscious about their smell.
 
2012-11-20 11:10:19 AM  
An Indian girl I used to work with reeked of curry and B.O. She went three straight weeks without bathing. Having a closed door meeting with her in a small room was torture. It was painfully obvious when she farted, the smell got exponentially worse. The smell in her cubical was so overpowering that when she asked for help I'd have to stand just outside the entrance with my hand over my mouth trying not to heave.

I don't blame the teacher at all.
 
2012-11-20 11:12:44 AM  

Hawnkee: Lord help the ones that reek of kimchi.


I remember my first time eating kimchee. My first thought was "old unwashed gym socks".
 
2012-11-20 11:15:13 AM  

clyph: Fark Me with a Chainsaw: Indians smell disgusting...just a fact of life. I've had the displeasure of having to work around them enough. Absolutely horrid

My (Indian) boss was recently complaining that one of the people in the Delhi office had horrid BO. How bad do you have to stink for OTHER INDIANS to complain about your BO?


I can't even imagine...

And then many of them, in this country, try to cover it up by wearing the most noxious cologne ever! How about just taking a long hot shower!
 
2012-11-20 11:18:08 AM  
Some years back I was working for a company as a software instructor. The computer room was small and had 8 desk/computer setups in it. I had this woman from "India/Pakistan/take your pick of one of those places" who started classes one day. No one really noticed before she started or just didn't care. I walked into the room about 1/2 hour after the people got to work and immediately the smell of body odor and curry spices hit me like a brick in the face. This was stink to the 10th power. Other students were trying to be polite but were covering their noses either with their hand or some piece of clothing. After figuring out who it was, I went to the person that set this person up and told her that she really smelled bad and there was no way those other people were going to stay. She had the ominous task of pulling her out of the room and trying to explain to her why. The whole thing ended in a big temper tantrum scene. Thankfully my job was done and I wasn't part of the aftermath.
 
2012-11-20 11:18:13 AM  
Horray! Slightly, slighted person making national news!

But frankly, if someone stinks, it's not the teachers job to make a unilateral decision. Suck it up, ask a teacher to watch your class, seek advice from the principal before acting.

It's not the childs fault they smell. Especially at 7 years old. It's time for a teachers meeting if it really matters.

Nobody buys your "nose problem". It's one of those things you say when you know you've screwed up. Just be honest. She stinks terribly and it's disrupting the class. Go through the proper channels. I guarantee there is a very clear method for handling a situation like this in a handbook somewhere.
 
2012-11-20 11:20:39 AM  
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Archer: Now we have something else in common. Besides the fact that, now,
both of our shirts reek of curry.

Laundry Guy: And when will you settle you account?

Arch: When will you buy some dress shields?

Laundry Guy: This is not a dress.

Arch: Are you serious? that's not a dress?
 
2012-11-20 11:24:38 AM  
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2012-11-20 11:25:59 AM  

seniorgato: Horray! Slightly, slighted person making national news!

But frankly, if someone stinks, it's not the teachers job to make a unilateral decision. Suck it up, ask a teacher to watch your class, seek advice from the principal before acting.

It's not the childs fault they smell. Especially at 7 years old. It's time for a teachers meeting if it really matters.

Nobody buys your "nose problem". It's one of those things you say when you know you've screwed up. Just be honest. She stinks terribly and it's disrupting the class. Go through the proper channels. I guarantee there is a very clear method for handling a situation like this in a handbook somewhere.


Dude, she's 13. Pretty sure I was showering regularly at that age.
 
2012-11-20 11:30:21 AM  
1. Smell is very subjective. We all have different odors, and just because you get used to one doesn't mean that others are bad
2. The problem was the teacher's, not the student. She should have removed herself or sought alternatives
3. Even if the problem is the student, there are very many more discreet ways of handling this. Now, you have an adult teacher basically singling out a young woman with a public declaration that basically says 'you stink'. This is a delicate age for young adults, and having to deal with that kind of institutional ostracism is not acceptable.

This teacher needs some serious training on how to better handle this kind of situation.
 
2012-11-20 11:32:42 AM  

blatz514: seniorgato: Horray! Slightly, slighted person making national news!

But frankly, if someone stinks, it's not the teachers job to make a unilateral decision. Suck it up, ask a teacher to watch your class, seek advice from the principal before acting.

It's not the childs fault they smell. Especially at 7 years old. It's time for a teachers meeting if it really matters.

Nobody buys your "nose problem". It's one of those things you say when you know you've screwed up. Just be honest. She stinks terribly and it's disrupting the class. Go through the proper channels. I guarantee there is a very clear method for handling a situation like this in a handbook somewhere.

Dude, she's 13. Pretty sure I was showering regularly at that age.


There was no indication from the article that her smell was due to poor hygiene. People with different diets or body chemistry may smell different than what our nose is accustomed to. Making the assumption that she smells because she doesn't bath is exactly why this teacher should have been more discreet.
 
2012-11-20 11:35:01 AM  

MycroftHolmes: Warmachine999: Im allergic to Curry. Just the smell of it is enough to make me not able to breathe properly and break out in a rash. If I were the teacher of this class, said student would be out of my classroom as well.

Yep, that makes sense. Single out and ostracize a student at a very sensitive time because YOU have a problem with them. Sorry, you are wrong and the teacher was wrong.


teacher's heath
Really?

Mind you, smelling curry makes me hungry for Indian food so for me, would not be an issue. But if it is a documented allergy situation, the girl needs moved to another class or other measures taken.
 
2012-11-20 11:39:58 AM  
My wife teaches in an elementary school that has a significant Indian population. Many of the Indian children have personal hygiene issues and never shower for days in a row. The over-powering curry smell from their diet simply masks the underlying BO problems. The parents of other students regularly write/call/email the school complaining about the stinking Indian students making their son/daughters sick. Unfortunately due to school system policy, it appears that not a thing can be done to correct the issue.

I don't blame this teacher at all for kicking a student with over-powering stench out of her class. Schools need to follow her example, and make it clear that the students are not welcome in classrooms unless they can follow 1st world standards in regards to personal hygiene and BO.
 
2012-11-20 11:50:42 AM  
curry reeks ...

/and so does their caste system
 
2012-11-20 11:52:12 AM  
I used to hate the smell of curry with a passion. Then one day a coworker was offering to bring in some Indian food. I was going through an adventurous phase so I decided to try some. Butter chicken, curried spinach, palak paneer, and a stack of naan. It was freaking amazing.

Now I love the smell of curry cooking. The stale smell of it on clothing though, not so much still.
 
2012-11-20 11:53:43 AM  

gblive: My wife teaches in an elementary school that has a significant Indian population. Many of the Indian children have personal hygiene issues and never shower for days in a row. The over-powering curry smell from their diet simply masks the underlying BO problems. The parents of other students regularly write/call/email the school complaining about the stinking Indian students making their son/daughters sick. Unfortunately due to school system policy, it appears that not a thing can be done to correct the issue.

I don't blame this teacher at all for kicking a student with over-powering stench out of her class. Schools need to follow her example, and make it clear that the students are not welcome in classrooms unless they can follow 1st world standards in regards to personal hygiene and BO.


What happened when hygiene was part of the code of conduct lest a student be removed from class, no questions asked and shipped home to change or bathe at the parent's expense?
 
2012-11-20 11:55:33 AM  
People that smell like food and seasonings?

/hot girls that smell like hamburgers or pizza, line up next to me
 
2012-11-20 11:55:51 AM  

honk: jimpoz: Smells like my downstairs neighbors.

Smells like my neighbors' "downstairs".


Are you correcting his grammar, or letting us know you sniff your neighbors crotch?
 
2012-11-20 12:34:38 PM  
consistently smelling like curry is unacceptable, i see nothing wrong here
 
2012-11-20 01:07:29 PM  

Hawnkee: Lord help the ones that reek of kimchi.


That.

(Too much cumin + garlic makes people reek like unwashed armpit - and worse.)
 
2012-11-20 01:15:49 PM  

SithLord: gblive: My wife teaches in an elementary school that has a significant Indian population. Many of the Indian children have personal hygiene issues and never shower for days in a row. The over-powering curry smell from their diet simply masks the underlying BO problems. The parents of other students regularly write/call/email the school complaining about the stinking Indian students making their son/daughters sick. Unfortunately due to school system policy, it appears that not a thing can be done to correct the issue.

I don't blame this teacher at all for kicking a student with over-powering stench out of her class. Schools need to follow her example, and make it clear that the students are not welcome in classrooms unless they can follow 1st world standards in regards to personal hygiene and BO.

What happened when hygiene was part of the code of conduct lest a student be removed from class, no questions asked and shipped home to change or bathe at the parent's expense?


That's racist now-a-days.
 
2012-11-20 01:22:21 PM  
if making your hair purple is disruptive to class then
smelling like curry is also
the smell isn't under question, just the problem of smelling it
go be smelly somewhere else
 
2012-11-20 03:02:13 PM  
She ate Takun's curry?
 
2012-11-20 05:21:03 PM  
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Curry is a vile substance.
 
2012-11-20 05:34:10 PM  
I LOVE curry but I don't love it if it's oozing out of someone's pores. Then it just makes me want to puke. I used to work in a community centre and the Sikhs would have a meeting every Sunday. We had to air out the room afterwards and I nearly puked going in there, every time.
I also had an East Indian roommate for a time. He did not smell bad and his food was delicious. I just wish I could say his name. I think there were about 18 letters in his first name.
 
2012-11-20 05:45:47 PM  

katerbug72: I LOVE curry but I don't love it if it's oozing out of someone's pores. Then it just makes me want to puke. I used to work in a community centre and the Sikhs would have a meeting every Sunday. We had to air out the room afterwards and I nearly puked going in there, every time.
I also had an East Indian roommate for a time. He did not smell bad and his food was delicious. I just wish I could say his name. I think there were about 18 letters in his first name.


Apu Nahasapeemapetilon?

Oh, wait, that's his last name.
 
2012-11-20 05:51:14 PM  

ferretman: SithLord: gblive: My wife teaches in an elementary school that has a significant Indian population. Many of the Indian children have personal hygiene issues and never shower for days in a row. The over-powering curry smell from their diet simply masks the underlying BO problems. The parents of other students regularly write/call/email the school complaining about the stinking Indian students making their son/daughters sick. Unfortunately due to school system policy, it appears that not a thing can be done to correct the issue.

I don't blame this teacher at all for kicking a student with over-powering stench out of her class. Schools need to follow her example, and make it clear that the students are not welcome in classrooms unless they can follow 1st world standards in regards to personal hygiene and BO.

What happened when hygiene was part of the code of conduct lest a student be removed from class, no questions asked and shipped home to change or bathe at the parent's expense?

That's racist now-a-days.


Exactly. School systems now believe requiring students to adhere to western standards of personal hygiene insults foreign cultures and oppresses people with different value systems. We need to be tolerant of the culture of others and not look down on their bathing norms.

And the above is basically a direct quote from the school administration.
 
2012-11-20 07:08:30 PM  
What kind of curry? Because if it's mixed with coconut milk it's NOT CURRY GOTDAMMIT!
 
2012-11-20 08:31:28 PM  
As someone who just made and devoured some green curry chicken & rice, I am getting a kick...
 
2012-11-22 03:51:17 PM  

tillerman35: What kind of curry? Because if it's mixed with coconut milk it's NOT CURRY GOTDAMMIT!


That's Thai curry, silly.
 
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