Amber and Michael Tilley are suing the Peaster School district in Texas after their 8-year-old son was forced to strip naked and bathe by a school nurse and a counselor who told him he smelled bad and was dirty. The incident occurred back in November, and involved school employees Julie West and Debbie Van Rite. The parents say that they made a police report, but charges were never filed.
According to the lawsuit, the parents claim that their son, a third grader at Peaster Elementary, was forced to strip naked and then scrubbed “violently” by the two school workers till he was “…really sore, real tender”. They also claim that the boy was traumatized and now wants to take baths constantly, because “….he just felt so disgusting.” His first day back at school after the incident, he covered himself in cologne.
The boy’s father, Michael Tilly, says that the school had never contacted them before concerning their son’s hygiene. “The first thing I said was, ‘You ought to try to call us,'” he 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.'”
The Tilleys are seeking monetary damages and asking that the district “cease all harassment and retaliation” against their son.