PHILADELPHIA (Sept. 12, 2012) – A 14-year-old ninth grader and his mother will receive $700,000 from the Milton Hershey School in a federal AIDS-discrimination lawsuit settlement announced today by the nonprofit AIDS Law Project of Pennsylvania. The Milton Hershey School in Hershey, Pa., had refused to enroll the honor-roll student because he has HIV, saying his presence would be a “direct threat” to the health and safety of other students.
The school also will pay $15,000 in civil penalties assessed by the U.S. Department of Justice, which thoroughly investigated the complaint and concluded that the school violated the Americans with Disabilities Act. The settlement requires the school to provide HIV training for its staff and students and to pay an undisclosed amount of attorney’s fees to the AIDS Law Project.
The student and his mother have decided it is not in his best interest to attend the school, and they will use the money to provide other educational opportunities for him.
For full article see: MILTON HERSHEY SCHOOL TO PAY $700,000 TO END COMPLAINT OVER HIV-DISCRIMINATION.
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