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School Stinks. Literally.


It's back-to-school time, and students are filling classrooms once again. Unfortunately for perfumed pupils, some school districts are considering banning fragrance on campus. The Wall Street Journal reports that as fragrances for teenagers become more popular, the kids are stinkin' up the place:

Kevin Farr, superintendent of the Upper Cape Cod Regional Technical School, in Bourne, Mass., started a campaign last year to educate students about what he says is excessive use of body sprays and perfumes. He says the problem is compounded when kids use them in place of soap. "Kids don't shower the way they used to," he says, adding that boys in particular are clouding themselves in body sprays, such as Axe, to cover up perspiration odors after gym class.

This doesn't surprise me, really; I remember how after high school gym class, nobody wanted to shower in front of everyone else. Instead, people quickly slapped on a little Teen Spirit, then quickly dressed in our non-gym clothes. And I'm sure many girls spritzed Love's Baby Soft and the like back then, too. My guess is that times haven't changed, but because marketers are targeting teenagers more aggressively these days, students are more likely to experiment with different scents. If you were a teacher—or a student—do you think something should be done about the smells, or are people overreacting? Source

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