The Milton Hershey School is a philanthropic (pre-K through 12) boarding school in Hershey, Pennsylvania. which was founded and funded by chocolate industrialist Milton Hershey and established for needy youngsters. And it’s sad to say that it has denied admission to an honors student based solely on the fact that he is HIV positive.
The private boarding school doesn’t deny that they rejected the boy’s admission because of concerns for the health and safety of fellow students. They even petitioned to have the court review the case, they said.
Milton Hershey School released a statement Wednesday saying in part that “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.”
Direct threat? Unless their students are in the habit of bleeding on each other and having unprotected sex, there is no “direct threat”
The AIDS Law Project of Pennsylvania has filed a lawsuit against the school claiming that it has violated the Americans with Disabilities Act. Unfortunately they cannot be sued for being ignorant and lacking human and social conscience.