The president of the Milton Hershey School has apologized to a student denied admission because he has HIV, and MHS now welcomes his attendance beginning this fall. President Anthony Colistra said he extended the apology and offer in a July 12 letter to the student and his mother.View Full Article
Originally, the Hershey, Pa.-based school argued the risk of sexual activity in its residential setting, where students live together in groups of 10-12, would make an HIV-positive teen there a "threat." The AIDS Law Project in November filed suit on behalf of the boy in the U.S. District Court in Philadelphia, citing the Americans with Disabilities Act, which covers people with HIV.
Comment by: Sparty
Thu., Aug. 9, 2012 at 2:39 pm UTC
MHS was going to lose BIG and is still going to lose BIG. Civil damages will be massive due to their obstinate refusal to follow the law despite a very clear ADA and explicit guidance on HIV issues. Now they just look foolish, even more homophobic than initially, and clearly hoped that the uproar would have died down by now when they decided to follow the law. Wrong. They will pay. Big time.
Comment by: Susan
Thu., Aug. 9, 2012 at 2:16 pm UTC
Shame on you MHS, you are definetly not and educated institution...the damage is already done - no apology in the world can take back what this smart, capable, "qualified" young man & his family have gone through.
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