A 6-year-old in Palm Coast, Florida, was forced to ride the bus home from school wearing only her shirt and underwear, the girl’s father claims. The girl’s family was outraged when the little girl was crying and humiliated after she got off the bus this week after attending school at Belle Terre Elementary School without wearing any pants.
“She’s been through enough in her life already, and she’s only 6,” Raymond McCurdy told Orlando’s News 6.
He claims that his daughter actually left class, left school, and rode the bus home in only her shirt and underwear. He says that her daughter raised her hand to go to the bathroom, but the teacher didn’t get to her until it was too late, and the 6-year-old accidentally soiled her pants.
“She has medical issues, and when she has to go, she has to go,” McCurdy said.
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The Florida father says he upset about what happened and also concerned about his daughter’s safety.
“What would have happened if my kid would have gotten touched by somebody?”
The little girl was allegedly was sent home with clean underwear that the school provided, but no pants. McCurdy says that he drove up to the school to find out why his daughter came home wearing only a shirt and underpants.
“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.'”
McCurdy wants the school to be held accountable before this happens to another child. Regardless of the perceived length adequacy, the little girl was aware that she was only wearing a shirt and underpants and was reportedly humiliated.
“They make me send her to school in clothes to their expectations,” her father said. “Why couldn’t you send my kid home in clothes to your expectations?”
“I think it was kind of shocking that they would send home a child without having be fully clothed on a bus,” Stephanie Smith, another parent at the elementary school, said.
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The little girl’s mother, Jennifer McCurdy, told News 6 that her daughter was picked on, bullied, and laughed at. She said that the girl’s shirt was short enough that it would never have met dress code requirements. She said her daughter’s shirt was shorter than four and one-half inches above her knee.
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“There are four contacts on our daughter’s emergency card. Pick up the phone and call us. We will come get our child,” the little girl’s mom said, explaining that there was no reason for her daughter to have been forced to walk through the halls and ride the bus while wearing no pants.
She also says that while her daughter has a medical condition making restroom visits urgent, it was never an issue with the previous school.
“Now that we come here, we have all these issues. There’s obviously something more going on than what we’re seeing,” the little girl’s mom said.
“My kid don’t want to go to school, my kid don’t want to ride the bus,” Raymond told Fox 10.
“There are procedures and protocols when incidents such as this happens. We’ve reviewed those during an investigation at Belle Terre Elementary School. We’ve invited the parents to sit down and discuss our findings, but they have declined,” the school administration said in a statement.
The family says that that’s because after talking to the assistant principal after their daughter was sent home on the bus wearing nothing over her underwear, they contacted a lawyer.
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