Parents of a boy from Texas have sued a school for forcing their 8-year-old to bathe on campus after alleging that he was filthy.
A school nurse and a counsellor forced a third grader to bathe in the school and now they have landed the school in trouble, as the parents of the boy have sued school authorities. According to reports, the school nurse and counsellor forced the 8-year-old boy to bathe and they also said to him that he "smelled badly, was dirty and had bad hygiene," according to a lawsuit filed Thursday. The boy, whose identity is being kept confidential at the moment, was forced to take off his clothes one day in November and the two school officials then started giving him a bath. According to the lawsuit filed, officials "began violently washing his body" and this entire incident caused a lot of embarrassment and distress to the 8-year-old.
The school where the incident took place is called the Peaster School District and the parents who filed the lawsuit are Amber and Michael Tilley. Peaster School District Superintendent Matthew Adams did not return a call seeking comment because the district offices are closed on Friday.
The lawsuit claims that the boy, who is identified only as P.T. in the documents, was traumatized by the entire incident. It was also revealed that he was violently scrubbed and the officials also put cotton balls in their son's ears, which they forgot to take out and left them inside for the entire day.
"It's terrible, and we don't want anything like that to happen to any other children," Amber Tilley said, according to a report on msnbc.com. She further said, "His body and his ears, they were really sore, real tender from being scrubbed."
Tilley also said that after coming back from school, her child wanted to keep taking baths as he felt disgusted. She also revealed that the boy had to be sent to a therapist so that he could cope with the incident.
The Tilleys also claim that no one had ever informed them from the school that their son had hygiene issues.
"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.'"