Camille was self-conscious at the best of times, so when her students started calling her names, it sent her into a downward spiral. As well as avoiding her, Camille’s students would brand her “Miss Fishy” and drop pointed barbs such as, “Ew, this classroom stinks like dead fish.” Rather than fulfill her, her job became a source of immense anguish. As a result, she would weep on her journey home from school.
The fishy whiff was not exactly a new problem for Camille. She’d been dealing with her unwelcome companion for 30 years, since first grade in fact, but that hadn’t made things any easier. The treatment she received from her teachers and fellow students certainly didn’t resolve any anxieties she had about her condition.
She shared some of her most painful memories with Primetime, vivid recollections that made for painful viewing. Remembering one particular incident, Camille said, “One of my teachers asked me if I was showering every day. From that point on, she kind of sat me in the corner of the classroom. Kids would call me a freak. They would tell me I smelled like horse manure [and] dead fish.”