Disability rights attorney Areva Martin says the Milton Hershey School in Pennsylvania has no evidence backing its decision to ban a student with HIV.
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As a graduate of the Milton Hershey School, I think that they will lose in court. Make sure you refer to the Deed of Trust documents as you investigate this story. I think that there could already be HIV + people in the older students who may engage in sex or drugs when they are home on visitation and that they could come back and transmit the virus before they know they have it. They also may already have HIV+ staff and don't know it. So, Universal precautions is the rule now adays. They also have the ability to provide a cutting edge program for students like this instead of turning them away. They had a building called Springboard Academy that failed to improve attrition rates. They should have used that building to make a specialized population area instead of leasing it out to a disabled children's organization. But they can build another one. They have milllions of dollars. This school is my alma mater and I care deeply about it and all the students. I think they need to educate themselves and also, did the case worker really have to tell them in the first place?