11/27/2013 04:01 pm ET Updated Jan 23, 2014

Lawmaker Wants To Ban Students From Wearing Axe Body Spray


Students in some schools will no longer be allowed to wear scented products like Axe Body Spray and perfume if one Pennsylvania lawmaker has her way.

State Rep. Marcia Hahn is hoping to introduce legislation called the Fragrance Free Schools Act that would ban the scented products in schools where some students have severe fragrance allergies, according to the Pennsylvania Independent.

Hahn thought of the legislation after a student in her district was hospitalized due to an allergic reaction to Axe Body Spray. Following the incident last March, administrators at Freedom High School in Bethlehem, Pa., urged students to refrain from wearing fragrances, NBC Philadelphia reported. However, principal Michael LaPorta said that a full-on ban would be “almost impossible to police.”

Indeed, even after the school asked students to refrain from wearing the fragrance, someone used the spray and LaPorta had to be hospitalized again. He is now being home-schooled, The Express-Times reports.

Hahn told the Pennsylvania Independent that even if her proposal does not pass, she hopes it will start an important conversation on the subject.

“If you have a piece of legislation and it’s not enforceable, it doesn’t really help,” she said. “So I’m hoping that we can come up with a solution that works for everyone.”

Earlier this year, numerous kids at a Brooklyn, N.Y., school had to be sent to the hospital after exposure to Axe.

CORRECTION: An earlier version of this article incorrectly referred to state Rep. Marcia Hahn as Marcia Hahm.



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