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Thursday, February 7, 2008

Teen Charged For Sniffing GermX Alcohol Hand Sanitizer

Even we'd agree that the story is a bit wacky--but it does illuminate the underlying concerns about how teens are re-purposing alcohol-based hand sanitizers.

Middle School Student charged and arrested for using a hand-sanitizer in class. Case dismissed by prosecutors after admitting a mistake was made. Police compare to 'smoking a joint in class' or 'drinking alcohol in class'.

Dallas, TX (PRWEB) January 30, 2008 -- Charges were dropped against the Lewisville teenager that was arrested and charged with sniffing a hand--sanitizer gel.

J. Michael Price II, the attorney for the teenager, was pleased that the Denton County District Attorney's Office did the right thing. "My client and I are very happy that this matter has been resolved successfully. This has been a trying time for him and his entire family the last three months. This matter should have never been prosecuted."

The youth, a student at Killian Middle School in Lewisville, Texas, was accused in October 2007 of 'sniffing' or 'huffing' a common alcohol-based hand sanitizer, "Germ-X" after class. The hand-sanitizer was provided by the teacher for use in the classroom. "My client innocently smelled his hands a few times because he thought 'it smelled good'", Price stated. "The teacher thought he was sniffing it in a manner to try and get intoxicated. The Lewisville Police believed a crime had occurred. He was booked into custody, fingerprinted, a mug-shot taken, then released to his father."

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