Students use Axe body spray to light themselves on fire

Federal Way schools are seeing a dangerous growing trend.

In a March 24 letter, Superintendent Tom Murphy warned parents of a trend staff is seeing in the district: Boys using Axe body spray to light themselves or their clothing on fire.

The school district has already had a number of students expelled for this action. The district has had a handful of students that they know about try the stunt; no students have been injured and there are no reports of damages to their surroundings, spokeswoman Deb Stenberg said.

"Our first priority is to create a safe and comfortable learning environment for all students," the letter said. "We depend on parents and other adults in our students’ lives to partner with us in that goal. Please model safe behaviors at home and talk with your student about the dangers of playing with fire. Lighting a person on fire can lead to first-, second- or third-degree burns as well as damage to property and criminal prosecution. Students who participate in this activity at school will be expelled."

For those students who have been caught on school property using the spray as a fire launcher, they are immediately expelled. Students can come back to school if they complete a fire safety program with South King Fire and Rescue. Any student caught setting a fire on a school property is given the same sentence.

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