A girl was sent home without any pants on when her father went to pick her up at the bus stop.
She Knows reports that an elementary school in Palm Coast, Florida, sent home a 6-year-old girl with only her t-shirt and underwear on after she wet her pants. Raymond McCurdy’s daughter was ashamed and crying when she got off the school bus. She had a shirt on that was barely long enough to cover her bottom. The underwear she had on was issued by the school and she had to carry her soiled underwear in a plastic bag.
The young girl raised her hand to use the bathroom while class was being conducted. According to her father, it happens frequently because she has medical issues. When the teacher ignored her request, she was forced to wait and ended up wetting her pants.
After the girl was sent home without any pants on, McCurdy was justifiably upset and called the school — Belle Terre Elementary School. He was disregarded to a certain degree, but the assistant principal at the school told him that she thought the t-shirt was long enough to cover her legs.
“We asked her why my daughter was sent home in just panties and a T-shirt, and she begins to tell me, ‘We thought she had a long enough shirt to be able to put her on the school bus and send her home.'”
As Click Orlando reports, the father had valid reason to worry about his daughter’s safety when the school sent the girl home without pants on.
“What would have happened if my kid would have gotten touched by somebody?”
McCurdy isn’t satisfied with the school’s answer for sending his daughter home without any pants on. He’s worried about the same type of thing happening to other young children at Belle Terre. He also accuses the school of being hypocritical in its standards.
“They make me send her to school in clothes to their expectations, why couldn’t you send my kid home in clothes to your expectations?”
McCurdy said the school called him Wednesday morning and told him that it would be investigating the incident. The Flagler County School District also said that its administrative team is investigating the situation.
The McCurdy family plans to take legal action. They’ve already called an attorney for a Monday morning appointment.
The student being sent home without any pants on brings up the subject of children who have accidents at school. She Knows cited The Journal of Urology when it wrote that 15 percent of kids in school have accidents like this. It suggests that restricted bathroom breaks should happen after third grade. In this instance, the 6-year-old girl sent home in only her underwear and t-shirt had an underlying medical problem.
It’s a good idea for parents to communicate with their children’s school if medical issues are problematic. They need to know if a child requires extra bathroom breaks, even if class is in session, the report explains. Another way to avoid a child from having to wear school-issued clothing is to send spare clothes in a backpack. That way, the extra change of clothes belongs to the child and having unsuitable clothes is less likely to happen since schools depend on what they have.
According to the assistant principal at the Florida elementary school, she thought McCurdy’s daughter had on a T-shirt long enough to appear modest. Most might agree that the school sending the girl home without any pants on is going way too far. If they didn’t have the appropriate clothing for her, why didn’t they call her father?
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