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Special snowflake or legitimate fight?

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A Central Florida mom has won a battle with a Lake County School which once threatened to suspend her son because of the essential oils she uses to treat his autism.

[MORE: Local 6 talks with mom, son ]

The company who makes the essential oils describes them as being "beautifully and powerfully fragrant." The family uses oils with scents like lavender, chamomile and sandalwood.

"These are the three he gets in the morning. We put it behind his ears and on his neck," said Jessica Kemp, as she showed Local 6 the oils.

Logan Kemp, 5, will tell you that he loves Seminole Springs Elementary School, but his mother said this week the Eustis school threatened to suspend the kindergartner over the essential oils. Kemp said the oils help Logan's behavior issues that come with his autism.

"Why is it not OK? Nobody is telling me. I'm just being told that he smells," said Kemp.

The family has been using them all school year. Kemp said a teacher's aide once complained about it, but never any students.

"I haven't been told that anybody's been switched out of the room," said Kemp.

Kemp said she got a letter from the district stating that the odor from the oils has presented a problem in the environment for the other students and staff.

"I could put chemicals in his body, but I can't put anything natural on him that has some kind of smell?" Kemp said.

Kemp said she will continue fighting for the oils as long as it helps her son.

"I've had days that I've been crying because it gets hard," she said.

A school district representative told Local 6 on Wednesday they were aware of the situation and were looking into it.

On Thursday, Lake County Schools said they will not suspend Logan for the essential oils and called it a health issue.

District officials said they will work with the student’s family and school administrators to find a better solution.

"There are a lot of conversations that are going to take place to try to find the best solution for everyone involved," said Sherri Owens, schools spokeswoman. ?"I do know that there have been some complaints about adverse affects from the oil because of the strong scent."
Posted by Anonymous on Apr. 10, 2015 at 10:02 PM
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PhantomRose88
by Ruby Member on Apr. 10, 2015 at 10:04 PM
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She has a legitimate fight. As long as she can prove its actually helping him. 

Anonymous
by Anonymous 2 on Apr. 10, 2015 at 10:04 PM
I hate the smell of sandalwood lol idk if I hate it enough to complain about an autistic kid
Anonymous
by Anonymous 3 on Apr. 10, 2015 at 10:04 PM
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If they are strong smells they are distracting. It could also bother allergies and asthma.
JackAttacks
by Angel on Apr. 10, 2015 at 10:06 PM
Sandalwood is an acquired scent but lavender and chamomile are lovely. I can't see how it causes harm unless allergies are involved. Can they prove it helps him? If they can quantify the help then I'm all for it.
Anonymous
by Anonymous 1 - Original Poster on Apr. 10, 2015 at 10:06 PM
That's how I feel, I know many people who get headaches from strong smells. Sandalwood is a strong smell.

Quoting Anonymous 3: If they are strong smells they are distracting. It could also bother allergies and asthma.
Anonymous
by Anonymous 4 on Apr. 10, 2015 at 10:07 PM
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If the smell is strong it could be irritating other people's allergies, asthma, causing migraines, etc. Why is his rights more important than the other students or teachers? And I say that as mother with a special needs child.
Spam72
by Emerald Member on Apr. 10, 2015 at 10:07 PM
The autism teacher here uses oils to calm or energize students. I think it smells nice.
Anonymous
by Anonymous 1 - Original Poster on Apr. 10, 2015 at 10:07 PM
I imagine that's probably what the problem is. It's causing asthma problems or possible headaches for others in the classroom.

Quoting JackAttacks: Sandalwood is an acquired scent but lavender and chamomile are lovely. I can't see how it causes harm unless allergies are involved. Can they prove it helps him? If they can quantify the help then I'm all for it.
Denecia
by Silver Member on Apr. 10, 2015 at 10:08 PM
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I agree. I am allergic to lavender and the oils really bother my allergies.

Quoting Anonymous 3: If they are strong smells they are distracting. It could also bother allergies and asthma.
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by Anonymous 1 - Original Poster on Apr. 10, 2015 at 10:08 PM
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Not everyone thinks certain smells smell nice. Lavender is a perfect example. I love the smell. DH hates it. He says it stinks.

Quoting Spam72: The autism teacher here uses oils to calm or energize students. I think it smells nice.
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