Bioethicist: Shame on school for rejecting boy with HIV

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    Dec 01, 2011 9:00 PM GMT
    http://vitals.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2011/12/01/9144810-bioethicist-shame-on-school-for-rejecting-boy-with-hiv

    http://vitals.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2011/12/01/9144810-bioethicist-shame-on-school-for-rejecting-boy-with-hiv

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    Dec 02, 2011 1:50 AM GMT
    What's even worse is the ostensible reason they denied his admission. The spokesperson was interviewed today on the local Fox station here, and apparently it's because he could spread it to the other students by sex. That's why they emphasized the live-in environment of the school.

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    http://www.fox43.com/news/wpmt-milton-hershey-school-denies-enrollment-to-teen-with-hiv-20111201,0,4821704.story
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    Sep 13, 2012 12:50 AM GMT
    "Pay Up!" never sounded more sweet:

    http://www.towleroad.com/2012/09/doj-pennsylvania-school-must-pay-700000-to-student-denied-admission-because-hes-hiv-positive.html

    DOJ: Pennsylvania School Must Pay $700,000 to Student Denied Admission Because He's HIV-Positive

    Towleroad...the Department of Justice and the AIDS Law Project of Pennsylvania became involved, filing a lawsuit with the boy's parents and charging the school with violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act. The school reversed its decision last month.

    Today, the DOJ announced a settlement in the case:

    Under the settlement agreement, the school is required to pay $700,000 to Smith and his mother, adopt and enforce a policy prohibiting discrimination and requiring equal opportunity for students with disabilities, including those with HIV, in the school’s programs and services, and to provide training to staff and administrators on the requirements of the ADA. The school must also pay a $15,000 civil penalty to the United States.

    “Children should not be denied educational opportunities simply because they have HIV,” said Thomas E. Perez, Assistant Attorney General for the Civil Rights Division. “This settlement sends a clear message that unlawful discrimination against persons with HIV or AIDS will not be tolerated.”

    “This is a very significant case, affirming the rights of persons with HIV, and we applaud the school for working so cooperatively to amend its position on this matter,” said Zane David Memeger, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.

    The ADA requires public accommodations, including private schools such as the Milton Hershey School, to provide individuals with disabilities, including people with HIV, equal access to goods, services, privileges, accommodations, facilities, advantages and accommodations.

    The school's excuse at the time of the denial of Smith's admission said that “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.”


    Shame the kid and his family had to go through that, but congrats to them on the settlement.
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    Sep 13, 2012 1:07 AM GMT
    while it's good that the victim received some compensation, the REAL shame of the whole thing is that only people really losing out are students, including the other students in the school who come from poor neighborhoods, since that $700k is being taken away from being invested back into the school and their education. Whose really to blame is the stupid school administration, and they should be completely replaced and reformed with new policies.
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    Sep 13, 2012 3:10 AM GMT
    crash20 saidwhile it's good that the victim received some compensation, the REAL shame of the whole thing is that only people really losing out are students, including the other students in the school who come from poor neighborhoods, since that $700k is being taken away from being invested back into the school and their education. Whose really to blame is the stupid school administration, and they should be completely replaced and reformed with new policies.


    Excellent comment!

    And thanks, ARt.

    Won't these stone-age morons EVER learn!

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