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HIV-Positive 13-Year-Old Honor Student DENIED Education by Milton Hershey School


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By Justin B. Terry-Smith

December 6, 2011

A 13-year-old teenager was denied entry into the Milton Hershey School of Hershey, Pa., because he is HIV positive. The spokesperson for the Hershey School, Connie McNamara, has said, "We had to balance his rights and interests with our obligation to provide for the health and safety of other students. ... And this meets a direct threat."

A teenager with HIV is NOT a threat to anyone. How dare the Milton School in this day and age do something so damn ignorant? I cannot believe that this is going on today. McNamara knows very well that HIV is not transmitted through everyday behavior, so she says in this statement: "Our kids are no different than teenagers anywhere else," she said. "Despite encouraging abstinence, we cannot be 100 percent certain our kids are not engaging in sexual activity."

Honestly, is this the reason you are citing? This is pathetic and the educators who are doing this should be educated themselves. READ A BOOK. How dare you deny this young man the education that he so justly deserves? What is the matter with you? You should be denied the right to be educators because of these discriminatory acts towards this young man.

McNamara also said this: "We looked at the law and our unique program and made the best decision we could," she said. "Our heart goes out to this young man."

I don't think anyone who denies a child an education has a heart, and if they do it's cold as ice. Unfortunately history has reared its ugly head again. Ryan White had to go through a lot trying to get into public school because he had AIDS. Hopefully this young man will come out on top like White did.

Did you also know today is Ryan White's birthday?



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See Also
Remembering Ryan White and Thoughts on Milton Hershey School
Demand Hershey Trust Co. (Owners of Hershey Company) Reverse Decision on HIV+ Student and Dismiss School Officials
More on HIV/AIDS-Related Discrimination Cases

 

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Justin B. Terry-Smith may be one of the most public African Americans living with HIV: He has his own blog and Web site, and he's even on YouTube. And who can blame him? Only 30, he already has an incredible story to tell. Justin admits he used to live "a very dangerous life," but since his diagnosis three years ago, the former heavy drinker and drug user has turned his life around.
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