New Mexico cancer patient barred from daughter’s school

By Arturo Garcia
Thursday, November 14, 2013 21:15 EDT
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New Mexico cancer patient barred from daughter's school [KOB-TV]
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A New Mexico woman has been banned from her daughter’s school because the principal is allegedly concerned about her smell, KOB-TV reported on Wednesday.

“He just said he knows this is going to hurt my feelings and he understands where I’m coming from,” Kerri Mascareno explained to KOB. “His mother had breast cancer and she had the same exact smell and I can no longer be in the school and that with me being in the school that I made his employees ill.”

Mascareno, whose daughter attends Tierra Antigua Elementary in Albuquerque, was diagnosed with stage 4 breast cancer in August, and is currently taking medication to shrink the tumor enough for it to be surgically removed. She told KOB that Tierra Antigua principal Robert Abney informed her she wasn’t allowed on school grounds and, during the same conversation, asked her to sit inside her car “because he could smell me through the window.”

Abney refused to discuss the encounter with KOB, referring a reporter to Albuquerque Public Schools for comment.

KOB also reported that at one point, Mascareno and her daughter would only be allowed to attend the school’s upcoming Thanksgiving dinner if they sat in Abney’s office. However, the school later contacted her saying they could join other students and parents in the cafeteria.

Watch KOB’s report, aired on Wednesday, below.

Arturo Garcia
Arturo Garcia
Arturo R. García is the managing editor at Racialicious.com. He is based in San Diego, California and has written for both print and broadcast media, including contributions to GlobalComment.com, The Root and Comment Is Free. Follow him on Twitter at @ABoyNamedArt
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