A 13-year-old boy was denied by the Milton Hershey School, a boarding school in Hersey, PA because he was HIV-positive.
The school claims that the boy was too much of a "threat" because of a fear of unprotected sexual activity.
Meanwhile, the boy, who remains anonymous because of his age, says:
"I thought I would get into the school, because of the type of student and person I am. My life has turned into fear, anger, confusion and tears.
I don't see the direct threat. In my home we respect what my mother tells us to do. … We come straight home from school, do homework, chores and do things as a family unit. Isn't that what Milton Hershey school is supposed to be about, but with a great educational environment? I guess not?!"
Thankfully, the AIDS Law Project has gotten involved and has filed a lawsuit on his behalf, alleging that the school violated the Americans with Disabilities Act. His lawyer adds:
"This young man is a motivated, intelligent kid who poses no health risk to other students, but is being denied an educational opportunity because of ignorance and fear about HIV and AIDS."
The school, so far, is not backing down. Watch what the school's principal has to say (above).
Terrible. We hope this boy gets justice.
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