A 14-year-old boy and his mother have settled an AIDS discrimination lawsuit against a boarding school. The Milton Hershey School, which has about 1,850 students in pre-kindergarten through 12th grade, refused to enroll the boy because he is HIV-positive. The boy will receive $700,000 from the settlement of an AIDS discrimination lawsuit. The school also must pay $15,000 in civil penalties and provide HIV training for students and staff members. The Philadelphia-based AIDS Law Project sued the school in federal court last year after it refused to enroll the boy, an honor roll student from the Philadelphia area, on the grounds that he would be a threat to other students’ health and safety. Full article.
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