Transcript for HIV-Positive Student Rejected From School
The private Milton -- -- school Hershey school which is in the headlines tonight because it refused to -- a young honor student. Because he has the virus that causes aids. Is this legal is it right here's ABC's Ron Claiborn. The Milton Hershey school was founded more than a hundred years ago to help underprivileged students all bankrolled by the great Hershey chocolate empire. But when a thirteen year old boy with HIV applied the school said he would not be admitted. The teenager who does not want his identity revealed spoke to a local TV station in Philadelphia. I feel they're -- -- -- teenager should go to the next move in the right. Just -- community turning. Tonight he told us in an email but his life has turned into fear anger confusion and tears. HIV is transmitted primarily through blood transfusions and sexual contact never through casual everyday contact. The school says he was rejected because of the possibility. That he might have unprotected sex and it didn't. -- that this child has poses a direct threat to -- -- -- she is a private school but is this legal. This kind of issue has been litigated over and over again for the last thirty years and the defendants in this case who would be the Hershey school never win. Legal analysts say a person cannot be rejected even from a private school simply because they are HIV positive. I think that this little boy is putting the entire campus at risk. What are they basing that on. The boy's family is suing demanding the school admit it. Tonight the boy told us -- can never get the outcome he wants which he says it's not to field the way people have made him feel. Ron Claiborne ABC news New York.
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