Enterprising Teen Sent Home, Gets Detention for Selling Squirts of Hand Sanitizer to Fellow Students

Craig Bannister | March 13, 2020 | 4:18pm EDT
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Olivier Cooper helps mom protect against coronavirus.

A 13 year-old boy selling squirts of hand sanitizer at school was sent home early on Wednesday when he made the mistake of offering his product to a teacher.

The young student, Oliver Cooper, has since been showered with social media support after his mother, Jenny Tompkins, posted an account of her son’s plight on Facebook:

“This is a picture of my teenage son just getting in from school. Why is he getting in from school at 10:53am you ask? Schools don't finish until 3pm?”

“Well the little turd has just been expelled from school for the day after been caught charging students 50p a squirt for hand sanitiser to protect themselfs from the bloody corona virus!!”

Cooper, who attends Dixon's Unity Academy in Leeds, West Yorkshire, had been so overwhelmed by media warnings about the coronavirus that he took it upon himself to stock up on hand sanitizer, which he was initially just giving away to his schoolmates, he tells U.K.’s Daily Record:

"They've been going on about the coronavirus and how important hand sanitiser and washing your hands is. So before the bus came, I bought a tub of hand wash from Tesco and offered to it my mates.

They gave me the idea that I could charge for it, so I did.”

Other students sell products, such as chewing gum, to their schoolmates without getting into trouble, Cooper says, adding, “If somebody wants something, they will pay for it.” And, apparently, students did want it. Before being shut down, Cooper charged the U.S. equivalent of 64 cents per squirt and pocketed about $11, USA Today reports.

As punishment for his entrepreneurial endeavor, Cooper is looking at “a day in isolation followed by a two-hour detention,” The Daily Record notes.

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