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Atoka students suspended for using hand sanitizer

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Several students at McCall Junior High School in Atoka were suspended for using hand sanitizer in class. (KTEN) Several students at McCall Junior High School in Atoka were suspended for using hand sanitizer in class. (KTEN)

ATOKA, Okla. -- Some students were suspended at a Texoma school after using hand sanitizer in a classroom.

Atoka Public Schools said the students at McCall Junior High "colluded" with each other to use the maple-scented sanitizer, giving their teacher an allergic reaction.

The district cited suspension rules outlined in the student handbook that prohibit:

...any act which disrupts the academic atmosphere of the school, endangers or threatens fellow students, teachers or officials, or damages property

In a written statement, Superintendent Ron Whipkey explained what happened:

One particular scented sanitizer caused a teacher to get a migraine and have trouble breathing in which the class was moved to the library so she could continue teaching class.

Whipkey added that a group of students planned on dispersing the scented sanitizer in a later class period taught by the same teacher to cause a classroom disruption.

Lavada Davis, the mother of one of the suspended students, said the youngsters meant no harm.

"For my son having hand sanitizer at school, and letting other students use it during the biggest flu epidemic? Not a crime, sorry," Davis said. "And it does not warrant a three-day suspension."

Davis went through an appeal process for the suspension, but the school district upheld the punishment.

"Bottom line is, it stays on his record," Davis said. "If he goes into the military and they ask if he's ever been suspended, he will have to tell them that he was suspended for giving other children hand sanitizer."

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