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December 2nd, 2011
10:48 PM ET

Video: School defends HIV student rejection

The spokeswoman for Pennsylvania's Milton Hershey School defends the decision to bar an HIV-infected student, even though it may violate federal law.

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  1. Charles

    What a crock... We need to kick that school board out of this country....

    December 5, 2011 at 2:38 pm |
    • Charles

      I rephrase that kick that school board off of this planet...

      December 5, 2011 at 2:46 pm |
  2. Brandon

    If the facts of the transmission rate are true, per the interview, and the DOJ states that the accommodation of an HIV positive person doesn’t pose a direct threat to communal housing, the Milton Hershey school is truly unique. The only claim, based on this interview, that was made against this child’s admission was due to the sexual activity and dating lifestyles of the students. Based on that claim, the facts above, and the direct threat this child poses, the only way that this school can be unique is by being a brothel! Milton Hershey are you engaging in the sexual exploitation of children?

    December 5, 2011 at 1:29 pm |
  3. Eric

    How is this "unique"situation of living any different from anybody else's way of living
    We as a society have to life with and respect others with what they bring to the table
    As a school I am surprized that they have made this alarming decision

    December 5, 2011 at 12:56 pm |
  4. ann

    re:student denied place due to HIV...
    yes , that may be the advantages of an education, how you learn to defend your position, even when doing so blindly,deluding yourself it is true,just because....facts be damned,after all its just facts,some studies,not the truth ,is it.really?!

    December 3, 2011 at 8:59 pm |
  5. Fred

    The ADA explicitly states that it is against Federal Law to discriminate against a person with HIV/AIDS and this school is violating that law out of fear and just plain ignorance! This kid, through no fault of his own, was born with HIV and not is condemned to educate and better himself? Where is Magic Johnson and Bono and Bill Clinton to rise up and speak up for him? Im raging with anger over this story! I can't believe that in todays society their are people just plain out stupid and ignorant. Mr Hershey would be ashamed of this decision and the Hershey family should also speak up! They want to discriminate? Well, they should loose all state and federal funding, assistance, tax status and make them suffer. This kid suffers enough every day and now this? Im simply appalled. This is America isn't it? Because for a minute their I though it was not!

    December 3, 2011 at 2:18 pm |
  6. Curtis

    Outrageous. I really think this is all part and parcel of the atmosphere created by the regressive values and outright bigotry that have been brought forward publicly by the Tea Party and the GOP who rely so much on panic, fear, hatred and discrimination to gain and maintain power. They have created an atmosphere where people can flout patently false ideas as basis for policy decisions. This ridiculous idea that there is some danger from this child was settled in the 80's. HIV people are not a danger to anyone. Shame on this school.

    December 3, 2011 at 11:50 am |
  7. Tim Paynter

    I honestly feel in listening to this woman speak and hearing the statements from this school that i am listening to people argue the world is flat. Ignorance in the loudest and discrimination so very clear. I would hope that in this day and age people in a position to make decisions about " our children" would have somewhat brains enough to act with intelligence.

    December 3, 2011 at 6:15 am |
  8. Ty Elwin

    Sorry Anderson but your criticism of this incident is the epitome of one-sided journalism and I would have thought you, of all people, would have done your homework in regards to the difference between what is classically considered legal "discrimination" and decisions made specifically for the well-being of an environment (a 24hr a day/7 day a week environment) which is vastly different from an average high school experience; one in which the student spends a limited amount of time on campus and the remainder of that time in various other locations. The administrators of this school, as well as the board of trustees have an obligation to safeguard the interests of the over 1800 students enrolled. In doing so, certain guidelines must be implemented as well as adhered to which provide the best possible education and living environment for the majority. Having once been applicant’s ourselves, we, as alumni, are completely sympathetic to this young man’s position however, we wholeheartedly support the decisions that Milton Hershey School has made concerning this matter, and wish to have an equal voice in this discussion.

    December 3, 2011 at 4:13 am |
  9. jean

    found reorts of sexual abuse claims at the Hershey school. Millions paid to settle the claims. Seems like sex between students is not the biggest problem at this school

    December 2, 2011 at 11:36 pm |