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Florida School District Threatens To Suspend 5-Year-Old Autistic Boy For Using Essential Oils As Treatment

| by Matiss Batarags

Part of 5-year-old Logan Kemp’s autism treatment includes using essential oils that help with his behavioral issues.

The Kemp family has been using lavender, chamomile and sandalwood from a company that describes them as “beautifully and powerfully fragrant.”

However, Lake County, Florida, school officials were not as positive about the potent smell that the oils give off. The family received a letter from Logan's school, stating that the smell was disrupting the learning environment, WKMG Orlando reported.

Jessica Kemp, Logan’s mother, said that only a teacher’s aide at Seminole Springs Elementary School in Eustis had complained about the smell. 

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

“I haven't been told that anybody's been switched out of the room," she added.

Logan’s family applies the oils behind his ears and on his neck every day. 

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

The Lake County school district said Thursday that Logan will not be suspended. District officials will work with the Kemp family and the school 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,” a school spokesperson said. "I do know that there have been some complaints about adverse affects from the oil because of the strong scent."

Sources: WKMG Orlando / Photo Source: WKMG Orlando