Some people still stink in the Brandon School Division.
But time is running out for those people, generally considered to be primarily younger teenaged boys, who swim in a pool of Axe products before going to school.
BSD’s scent-free policy has been delayed this fall, school board chair Mark Sefton told me, because the board has been bogged down with personnel vacancies and other pressing policy decisions.
"We’ve pushed back full implementation to September" from Jan. 1, 2014, because there hasn’t been enough time for consultation, Sefton said.
While not entirely aimed at Axe users — or, more properly, abusers — the policy aims at anyone in a school using scented products which cause chemical or allergic reactions, or just plain annoyance and irritation, for other students and staff.
"There’s a surprising number of 15-year-old boys who support the idea," Sefton said. "It interferes with their learning and concentration. They sit in a small stuffy classroom with people who have overscented themselves."
Sefton received one anonymous email from someone accusing trustees of banning students from using soap and shampoo on a daily basis.
No such thing, said Sefton.
As for non-anonymous comments, "There hasn’t been any pushback at all."