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Axe Body Spray Banned from High School Due to Student's Allergy

By Alexandra Ward   |   Thursday, 21 Mar 2013 11:06 AM

Administrators at Freedom High School in Pennsylvania banned students from wearing Axe Body Spray after one of them was hospitalized recently with an apparent allergy to the deodorant.

The school, in Bethlehem, Pa., posted a notice on its website Tuesday asking students to refrain from using Axe.

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"The purpose of this posting is to make all parents, staff and students aware of a medical issue involving a Freedom High School student having an extreme allergy to Axe Body Spray," the notice read. "This allergy is potentially life-threatening for this student. Most recently this student has been transported to the hospital by ambulance for emergency medical treatment due to this student being exposed to Axe Body Spray while attending school. My request to all Freedom Family members is that we take into consideration this student’s allergy to Axe Body Spray and refrain from using it as your cologne or fragrance of choice while attending Freedom High School."

The school would not return requests for comment on the student's condition or what specifically caused the allergy.

A spokesman for Unilever, the company that owns Axe, said they are aware of the report and are investigating.

"The safety and well-being of those who use our products is always our first priority," the spokesman said in a statement to Yahoo News. "If there are any issues with our products, we advise consumers to reach out to our Consumer Services Team at our 800 phone number, which is available on the back of our product packaging."

This isn’t the first time a scent has cause controversy in school. Last fall, a Spanish teacher at a Georgia high school was accused of bullying one of her students, who suffers from a severe nut allergy, by burning a scented candle containing nut oil even after she was told to stop.

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