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Pennsylvania: The Milton Hershey School Apologizes to HIV-Positive Student

August 7, 2012

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.

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.

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Comment by: Milagros P. (new york) Fri., Aug. 10, 2012 at 2:58 am EDT
frankly after all the negative crap that came from staff and students in that school I honestly wouldn't want my hiv child in this bias school I also protest against them and they were extremely nasty offensive and rude as heck!sending me rude messages i had to block all this it got crazy!
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Comment by: Sparty (Westerville, OH) Thu., Aug. 9, 2012 at 2:39 pm EDT
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.
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Comment by: Susan (MPLS) Thu., Aug. 9, 2012 at 2:16 pm EDT
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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