Friday, December 2, 2011
Hershey School Rejects HIV+ Student
The AIDS Law Project of Pennsylvania has filed a lawsuit against the Milton Hershey School for disadvantaged students on grounds that the school violated the Americans with Disabilities Act when it rejected an applicant explicitly on grounds of his being HIV+. A statement from the residential pre-K to 12 school said: "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." "We are serving children," a spokesman for the school said, "and no child can be assumed to always make responsible decisions that protect the well being of others." This seems like a pretty clear ADA violation to me.