Florida school sends first-grade girl home without pants

PALM COAST, Fla. (AP) — The parents of a first grader are outraged after their daughter was sent home wearing only a T-shirt and underwear.

Raymond McCurdy says his 6-year-old daughter was crying when she got off the school bus on Oct. 13. After getting into their car, he was alarmed to discover she wasn’t wearing any pants.

“I kind of lifted her shirt once we got in the car and noticed she was in panties and a T-shirt only, her soiled clothes in a bag,” he told WKMG News.

The dad says his daughter had wet her pants in class at Belle Terre Elementary. He claims that she raised her hand to use the bathroom but the teacher didn’t notice until it was too late. He adds that due to medical issues, when his daughter has the urge to go, she has to go right away.

“She’s been through enough in her life already and she’s only 6,” said the irate dad.

Horrified with the discovery that his daughter was sent home on the bus pantless, he immediately contacted the school’s assistant principal to get an explanation.

“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,’” said McCurdy.

The school’s response was upsetting to the parents. “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?” asked the dad.

The family wants the school to apologize to their daughter for putting her through the humiliation. “She was picked on, bullied, she was laughed at,” said the girl’s mother, Jennifer McCurdy. She also added that the school never attempted to contact her to come pick up her daughter.

“There are four contacts on our daughter’s emergency card. Pick up the phone and call us. We will come get our child,” she said. The family says she hadn’t had any recent accidents, so they never thought to provide the school with a change of clothes for her.

The school district told the McCurdys on Oct. 14 they would be investigating the incident further, but they haven’t contacted the family since. The family has decided to hire a lawyer to get justice for their daughter and to prevent this from happening to anyone else.