A private boarding school connected with the Hershey chocolate company says it was trying to protect other students when it denied admission to a Philadelphia-area teenager because he is HIV-positive.
Below is an excerpt of the school’s position:
School officials acknowledged that the 13-year-old boy was denied admission because of his medical condition…..
“In order to protect our children in this unique environment, we cannot accommodate the needs of students with chronic communicable diseases that pose a direct threat to the health and safety of others,” the school said in a statement Wednesday.
via CBS News. For full article see Claim: Hershey school rejects HIV-positive Pa. boy
The Milton Hersey school has approximately 1,850 students enrolled in the residential institution (where students live in homes with 10 to 12 other students) for children in pre-kindergarten to 12th grade.
Aug. 7, 2012 UPDATE
The Milton Hershey School apologizes to HIV-positive student, Philadelphia Inquirer: The change of heart comes months after a lawsuit filed by the AIDS Law Project on behalf of the boy in November in U.S. District Court in Philadelphia, alleging that the school violated the Americans With Disabilities Act, which includes HIV. The student, who …
- Claim: Hershey school rejects HIV-positive Pa. boy (msnbc.msn.com)
- Milton Hershey School Reverses Its Decision, Allows Admission For HIV-Positive Student (thinkprogress.org)