Albuquerque, N.M. (CBS LAS VEGAS) — A woman with stage 4 breast cancer says she’s being kept out of her daughter’s school because of the way she smells.

Kerri Mascareno of Albuquerque admits the smell can be intense at times, and she says she’s currently taking chemotherapy pills to shrink the tumor to a small enough size to be operable. But on top of the ongoing cancer treatment, she is not allowed close to her daughter’s school because her smell is making the staff ill, KOB 4 reports.

“[I’m] very scared,” she said. “Very scared, very overwhelming.”

She says she met with the Tierra Antigua Elementary school principal Robert Abney last week, where she was informed she was not welcome back.

“He told me I wasn’t allowed to be in the school anymore,” Mascareno told KOB. “He just said he knows this is going to hurt my feelings and he understands where I’m coming from because 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.”

Abney refused to respond to KOB’s questions about the issue, and also refused to apologize.

Mascareno was also told that she could only attend the upcoming Thanksgiving dinner at the school if she and her daughter sit in the principal’s office.

“For someone to say you can’t be with your child…it’s really hard,” she said in tears.

She said she got a call on Wednesday afternoon from the principal inviting her to join the rest of the school in the cafeteria for Thanksgiving. However, she says she is not sure she’ll attend due to the school’s previous treatment.


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