The parents of a third-grade boy are suing a Ft. Worth school district and two employees for forcing their son to shower in front of them because he was “smelly.”
Amber and Michael Tilley claim that their eight-year old son was taken to the nurse’s office at Peaster Elementary School where he was forced to remove his clothes.
The complaints alleges that: “[School officials began violently washing his body with a washcloth, scrubbing him over a large portion of his body, stuck cotton balls in his ears, all while ridiculing and harassing him about being ‘dirty’.”
The parents said that they filed a police report but no charges were set.
According to the claims made in the lawsuit, the boy became distraught over the incident and had to see a therapist shortly after.
“He just kept on and on, wanting to take baths,” Amber Tilley said. “You know, he just felt so disgusting.”
The Tilleys said that their son does not have a problem with body odor or cleanliness.
Neither the school district nor the two employees, Julie West and Debbie Van Rite, have commented on the incident.