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(The Tennessean)   Second-grader repeatedly suspended over unpleasant smell. School officials have ruled out teen spirit   (tennessean.com) divider line 168
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2013-04-02 03:35:45 PM
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2013-04-02 03:49:17 PM
I have a feeling if DHS did visit that house, they might learn a few interesting new ways to describe "clean"
 
2013-04-02 03:50:34 PM
That stinks.
 
2013-04-02 03:50:44 PM
Man, what an informative article!
 
2013-04-02 03:51:05 PM

reillan: I have a feeling if DHS did visit that house, they might learn a few interesting new ways to describe "clean"


Department of Homesmell Security?
 
2013-04-02 03:52:37 PM
Man, are MY ears burning (and my buttocks)!
 
2013-04-02 03:53:34 PM
Well, with the lights out, it IS less dangerous.
 
2013-04-02 03:53:52 PM

oldfarthenry: Man, are MY ears burning (and my buttocks)!


Put a cork in it henry.
 
2013-04-02 03:54:23 PM
"Suspension documents say the girl hadn't bathed for the last two days, sleeps in her clothes, and couldn't remember the last time she took a bath or brushed her teeth."

So... Surveillance cameras?
 
2013-04-02 03:55:37 PM
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She doesn't smell!  And that's not messy, I just needed the space.
 
2013-04-02 03:55:59 PM

While there's always the chance that the kid has something like http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trimethylaminuriatrimethylaminuria

, if she can't remember the last time she brushed her teeth it's more likely that Mom should stop complaining about the school and just get her daughter cleaned up. It's got to be horribly embarrassing for the kid to keep getting sent home, but I believe the school when they say it's distracting -- if you're sitting too close to someone really stinks, it can become virtually impossible to think about anything except the smell.
 
2013-04-02 03:56:02 PM
I went to grade school in a small town in Michigan, and more than a few of my classmates were from very poor households.  Some of them lived in trailers or houses that could only generously be called "shacks."  And yes, some of the kids smelled due to poor hygiene.  We managed to soldier on somehow.  I can't really see blaming a kid for that situation (and I'm not saying the article does that), but the mother in TFA doesn't sound like she's doing much to actually raise the poor kid.
 
2013-04-02 03:56:58 PM
Worked with a Russian dude once......he was fresh off the boat.......after about three weeks we finally convinced the boss he needed to have a sit down and talk about regularly bathing and deodorant!
 
2013-04-02 03:57:00 PM
Any bets this family is family is foreign-born?  Dietary differences.
 
2013-04-02 03:57:31 PM

BarkingUnicorn: Any bets this family is family is foreign-born?  Dietary differences.


so you're saying she eats nothing but hummus?
 
2013-04-02 03:57:31 PM
If it's not a medical issue, it should become a protective services issue.  Mom doesn't seem to understand what the problem is, and I can probably guess how she smells.
 
2013-04-02 03:57:36 PM

Old_Chief_Scott: oldfarthenry: Man, are MY ears burning (and my buttocks)!

Put a cork in it henry.


The cork hasn't been built that can take the job on.

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2013-04-02 03:58:37 PM
FTA:

"...I mean, you go to school to learn, not to be sent home." said the mother, Krystal Hensley.

Someone get Encyclopedia Brown on the phone and tell him 'never mind'.  The Case of the Smelly Second Grader has just been solved.
 
2013-04-02 03:58:42 PM
This story is nothing without Google Nose.
 
2013-04-02 03:58:54 PM

RenownedCurator: While there's always the chance that the kid has something like http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trimethylaminuriatrimethylaminuria, if she can't remember the last time she brushed her teeth it's more likely that Mom should stop complaining about the school and just get her daughter cleaned up. It's got to be horribly embarrassing for the kid to keep getting sent home, but I believe the school when they say it's distracting -- if you're sitting too close to someone really stinks, it can become virtually impossible to think about anything except the smell.


Oh hey, trimethylamines! We use those!

I think!

/Physicists doing chemistry: I imagine we are terrifying
 
2013-04-02 04:00:03 PM

reillan: BarkingUnicorn: Any bets this family is family is foreign-born?  Dietary differences.

so you're saying she eats nothing but hummus?


IDK what she eats, but people from different cultures smell different due to their different diets. 
I'd start there if I was trying to diagnose sight unseen and odor unsmelled.
 
2013-04-02 04:00:22 PM
Maybe he smells like God.
 
2013-04-02 04:00:56 PM
And we've found our first Tennessee student that will die of starvation.
 
2013-04-02 04:02:19 PM
Smells like raw roast beef?
 
2013-04-02 04:02:20 PM
Time for some green scratch pads and an ol' fashioned G.I. Shower.
 
2013-04-02 04:02:36 PM

BarkingUnicorn: reillan: BarkingUnicorn: Any bets this family is family is foreign-born?  Dietary differences.

so you're saying she eats nothing but hummus?

IDK what she eats, but people from different cultures smell different due to their different diets. 
I'd start there if I was trying to diagnose sight unseen and odor unsmelled.


Of what extraction do you think Krystal Hensley is?  Lithuanian?  Nepalese?
 
2013-04-02 04:03:16 PM
I work with a woman that smells like three hobos wrestling in a hot dumpster full of chum. Teach that hygeine shiat early.
 
2013-04-02 04:03:38 PM
Poor kid.  It has to be embarrassing for her.  It'd be nice if the parent(s) taught her how to properly maintain her body to avoid situations like this.  Maybe a call to DCS is in order.  And I'm shocked the school hasn't already.  You'd think they have an obligation to do so.
 
2013-04-02 04:03:46 PM

BarkingUnicorn: Any bets this family is family is foreign-born?  Dietary differences.


There was a Pakistani woman who started work in our office back in the 90's. Her diet was heavy with curry, and it caused her to have a very unpleasant body odor, so much that people began complaining to her supervisor about it. Eventually someone sat down and discreetly mentioned something about it.
 
2013-04-02 04:04:10 PM
Or, better yet, teach hygiene. Ugh. Dizzy from the fumes...
 
2013-04-02 04:04:14 PM
good thing someone at the school hasn't reached out so the proper authorities can do a wellness check on the household. that poor girl. life is tough enough without the ridicule and abuse she must take from her classmates.
 
2013-04-02 04:04:33 PM
Of course, this little girl will not grow up with any adverse issues or psychological problems whatsoever.
right?
 
2013-04-02 04:05:14 PM
From TFA: Suspension documents say the girl hadn't bathed for the last two days, sleeps in her clothes, and couldn't remember the last time she took a bath or brushed her teeth.

It's possible this isn't as bad as it sounds. A lot of little kids that age will answer most questions with "I don't know" if they're scared, or think they're in trouble. As for "not bathing in two days"; that means she took a bath night before last. Not necessarily a problem.
 
2013-04-02 04:05:57 PM
Well, here goes. I grew up in a house with no running water or indoor plumbing until I was 12. We carried drinking water in jugs from an aunts house and used rain water/melted snow to take whore baths in. That being said, none of us six kids ever stank or had shiatty looking teeth or dirty cloths.

/i've never told this to anyone except Mrs. WTFDYW
 
2013-04-02 04:06:42 PM
There was a girl at my HS who should've been suspended for stinking. And for sitting next to me. And for (reportedly) being sweet on me. And for having serious psychological weirdness. And for making weird faces in yearbook pictures.

And for writing threatening graffiti against our teachers all over her homework and the girls' bathrooms.
 
2013-04-02 04:08:23 PM
...or is the kid who sits behind her in class the BEST...TROLL...EVER?!!!!
 
2013-04-02 04:09:01 PM

reillan: so you're saying she eats nothing but hummus?


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2013-04-02 04:11:02 PM

WTFDYW: Well, here goes. I grew up in a house with no running water or indoor plumbing until I was 12. We carried drinking water in jugs from an aunts house and used rain water/melted snow to take whore baths in. That being said, none of us six kids ever stank or had shiatty looking teeth or dirty cloths.

/i've never told this to anyone except Mrs. WTFDYW


I think I may have learned a new phrase today.  I'm trying not to, but it might have happened anyhow.
 
2013-04-02 04:11:10 PM
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2013-04-02 04:11:35 PM
Maybe it's time they spend a few bucks on Massengill?
 
2013-04-02 04:11:50 PM

WTFDYW: Well, here goes. I grew up in a house with no running water or indoor plumbing until I was 12. We carried drinking water in jugs from an aunts house and used rain water/melted snow to take whore baths in. That being said, none of us six kids ever stank or had shiatty looking teeth or dirty cloths.

/i've never told this to anyone except Mrs. WTFDYW


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Is this you?
 
2013-04-02 04:11:54 PM
Teacher: Mr. Koufax, your son has become a bit of a problem in this class. The other day, a student brought rollerblades into show and tell, and Julian tripped him with a stick! He found it hilarious. And then, he spilled glue on his desk and covered it with a newspaper. Personally, I've found his personal hygeine to be a bit of a disturbance, too.
Sonny: He's the smelly kid in class, I made him the smelly kid in class!?!
Teacher: Ohh yes, I've had some smelly ones before, but your son is by far the smelliest!
 
2013-04-02 04:12:21 PM
Once there was this woman who had a very heavy, unpleasant, room-clearing odor.  I didn't recognize it so i asked a female co-worker what it was and she "Vaginosis".
I would have preferred to go my whole life without knowing that.
 
2013-04-02 04:12:24 PM
Understands:

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2013-04-02 04:12:24 PM

WTFDYW: Well, here goes. I grew up in a house with no running water or indoor plumbing until I was 12. We carried drinking water in jugs from an aunts house and used rain water/melted snow to take whore baths in.


Go on....
 
2013-04-02 04:12:31 PM
I went to school in a very poor area. We had one kid there who was not very bright - not so unintelligent as to require special ed (at least, I don't think so), but just kinda...slow. He smelled like poop. Not as in, he stank because he didn't bathe, he literally, always, smelled like he had pooped his pants and hadn't cleaned himself up. I remember one time I was helping him with something on one of the computers and he pointed at something on the screen, placing his finger right under my nose. It literally smelled like he wiped his butt with that hand but no toilet paper.

He was made fun of constantly (though never sent home, AFAIK). I never had the heart to make fun of him, and I never asked him what was up with the smell.

At any rate, I don't know why he smelled that way, but I can only imagine his parents were unable to properly take care of him due to either ignorance or inability. Should CPS have become involved? I don't know, probably. Or at least a councilor should have taken him aside one day and talked to him about hygiene.
 
2013-04-02 04:13:02 PM
I never knew what the heck was wrong with the smelly kid from my school until I started doing my own laundry and left it in the washing machine for 2 days.  But I was able to dry and wash and dry my clothes again and it went away.  Smelly kid's parents must not have cared.
 
2013-04-02 04:13:19 PM
I have a seven-year-old son, so I am getting a kick and so forth.

My kid positively revels in getting good and stinky. He's okay with getting cleaned up, but prefers to do so after first working up a good funk and grossing out his parents. He considers it a crowning achievement if we tell him at the end of a long and active day "No, we're hosing you down before you come in here."
 
2013-04-02 04:13:21 PM

skantea: Once there was this woman who had a very heavy, unpleasant, room-clearing odor.  I didn't recognize it so i asked a female co-worker what it was and she "Vaginosis".
I would have preferred to go my whole life without knowing that.


I would have too.................thanks......................thanks a lot!
 
2013-04-02 04:14:30 PM
Investigate her house. See what's goin on around there. Something might not smell right.
 
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