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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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Wicked Wicked 9 years
bellanatella bellanatella 9 years
Ew, yeah, go for it.
cherryice cherryice 9 years
My answer to the problem of using the gross gym showers was to simply do nothing in gym. I wasn't athletic anyway and hated sports, so I'd just space out until the ball came my way and I absolutely had to kick it away or throw it. ;) Now the girls who did play vigorously stunk because they refused to shower. A swipe of Teen Spirit did not work. And perfume made it worse. The least you can do is carry wet wipes or wash your armpits in the sink.
purrtykitty purrtykitty 9 years
i remeber that only the guys had to shower after gym class. fortunately for me i had gym class at the end of the day in high school, so i didn't really care if i sweat.
Lissiebug Lissiebug 9 years
I remember when I was in Junior High, and the hallways would always stink of Axe. I've tried to educate my brother about this problem. ;)
leeluvfashion leeluvfashion 9 years
I see the point of this however for the people that do shower and wear nice perfume, this is unfair. I shower and then put on one spritz of Daisy by Marc Jacobs. I understand this however it would annoy me if this rule came to my area.
ClassicsDiva ClassicsDiva 9 years
Speaking as a teacher, a school-wide ban on fragrances would be too hard to enforce. We have enough stuff to look out for without sniffing folks all the time. However, if I had a particular student with an allergy, I would have no problem asking students to refrain from applying scents during or immediately before that particular period, both out of courtesy to that student and a desire not to have someone throw up in my classroom.
mudnessa mudnessa 9 years
i know my old roommate use to over use his axe and to this day everytime i smell it i want to gag, i couldnt imagine being stuck in a classroom with more than one person who over did it with some sort of smell. even some smelly soaps get to me and its just disgusting. i dont know if banning frangrances outright would be much better because peoples natural odor can be just as bad, there has to be a half way or something.
Weremuffin Weremuffin 9 years
I remember my junior high and high school reeked of perfume and cologne. 30+ sweaty kids sitting in one small poorly ventilated room is bad enough. Each of those kids wearing their own fragrance generates twice the headache inducing stink. Even so, I recall a couple of teachers who O.D.ed on eau du vomir back in elementary school.
ashkarita ashkarita 9 years
That's nasty. I remember in HS, that we would rinse off and put on clean deodorant after gym class. Sometimes you just sit there and don't sweat or get nasty, but the times you do -- rinse off at least! It helps wonders!
CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 9 years
i was wearing Exclamation and Electric Youth.
jessy777 jessy777 9 years
Wouldn't it be better to teach hygiene to kids rather than ban something. The word ban is so ugly and I really don't like it. When I was in high school we ALL showered after gym class and if you didn't it wasn't a pleasant experience. Maybe we were more free than most kids. Teach hygiene people, just teach hygiene.
mocelebgossisme mocelebgossisme 9 years
eeewwww...smelly kiddos! this is sort of funny to me! but i'm SURE so true!
Pink_Lipstick Pink_Lipstick 9 years
I can see both sides of the story. Perfumes can be really strong and some people are really irritated by them. But I think it would be strange to ban someone from wearing fragrance to school. Maybe they should just make students take classes on how to shower and how to apply the proper amount of fragrance. ;)
shafiii shafiii 9 years
Axe was banned in my old school because its so strong scented.
controlledspin controlledspin 9 years
precious_pets4 - ME TOO! I got it from my Mom. It's HORRIBLE. I can't imagine being a teacher and having to deal with that every day. It's hard enough working in an office that people burn candles and wear perfume.
windynini windynini 9 years
yuck! that is just disgusting.
diorbaby diorbaby 9 years
I think they should give us more time to shower-the perfumes aren't the problem. To me, BO smells a lot worse than perfume, and can be equally nauseating. I am in highschool, and in our locker area there are 2 small showers, and each gym class has about 25 women in it. So having 10 minutes between classes, there is no time for all of us to shower/do our hair/makeup. And believe me, the showers are so small that even the itty-bitty girls hit their elbows on the sides of the shower stalls. So you have to choose between looking nice and using a bit of perfume, or hoping and praying that you can get a shower before the bell rings. I am sorry people are allergic, but you can't get rid of everything people don't like or are allergic to.
veggieangie veggieangie 9 years
I think they should do something about it. I hate when people smell. Not just bad, but too much perfume too. It's like being smothered. Ugh - I'm thinking about it now. And not only that, but it is a distraction, ever try listening to a biology lecture when the person next to you has obviously doused themselves in perfume - it's horrible.
amybdk amybdk 9 years
Love's Baby Soft! memories... and AXE! now THAT'S what i'm talking about! sexxxy
colormesticky colormesticky 9 years
I think banning perfume is fine. Girls still have their smelly lotions to tide them over, and the guys should just learn to use deodorant.
WhatTheFrockBlog WhatTheFrockBlog 9 years
When I was in high school, there was literally less than five minutes after gym class to change. NO time to shower. And there were no stalls or curtains. I think the only people who used them were on the sports teams. So I used to spritz a bit of Love's baby soft or whatever, but only a teeny bit. For the most part, too much perfume smells WORSE than BO sometimes.
smart-blonde smart-blonde 9 years
Bluebird is right. Most schools don't give you more than 5 minutes to change after gym class. That's barely enough time to get your clothes on and brush your hair. Also, and I went to school in an old building so maybe times have changed, the showers were all open. There were no stalls, no curtains. No one ever took a shower after gym class because there was no privacy whatsoever! The only time we'd shower was after swimming, because we could go in those showers in our bathing suits.
bluebird bluebird 9 years
the problem is that students aren't given time to shower after gym anymore, even if they wanted to! so instead they douse themselves with strong perfumes or colognes that give people migraines and nausea. uck!
psangel psangel 9 years
I rather had somebody smell good, that have a funky body odor. Because B/O is just horrible to smell, especially if you are in a closed room. However excess perfume can pretty much choke you at times to. They should not put a ban on perfumes in the classroom, we already have to many regulations and bans on things. However education them a some what that more is not necessarily better.
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