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Arkansas School District Suspends Three Children Because They Think Are HIV+ – Video

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The Pea Ridge Public School District in Arkansas has suspended three children, all siblings from school, until documentation is provided that none of the children are HIV positive.

“The actions taken by the Superintendent of Pea Ridge School District are appalling and is reminiscent of times past and the case of Ryan White,” says Tom Masseau, Executive Director of DRC. “The fact that the foster families have to provide documentation that the children are HIV negative before entering the school is unlawful and immoral. Further, the fact the school’s attorney authorized this unlawful act is at best appalling. It stigmatizes individuals with disabilities or their “perceived” disabilities as there is no indication these individuals have HIV. There is only an unlawful fear that they do.”

Over the summer, the school district completed a thorough review of records and found an evaluation on one of the boys that stated that the mother and one sibling were both HIV positive.

The Pea Ridge Public School District is in Benton County, Arkansas. Its website claims, “Pea Ridge School District does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, national origin or disability in any of its policies, practices or procedures.”

 

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  1. Q: Do they have the same policy for the teachers, staff and other non-pupils of that school?

    If not it is discriminatory to the pupils, as they can be infected by the non-pupils… when they are abused, harassed, slapped, pinched or even spit on…….

    Q: Is the school district of Arkansas also aware that people should be vaccinated for measles, and a ,or of other infectious deceases? As well that their mandatory action of having pupils tested for AIDS-HIV is against the Constitution, and the International Declaration of Human Rights, as well as against all ethical rules for doctors and other medical staff and persons?

    Q: is the School District of Arkansas aware of the fact that forcing someone to undergo invasive testing without his or her consent, and with punitive retaliations when not submitting to such testing is a crime?

    As well that not even the military forces the soldiers to such highly private testing? That it is completely and totally in breach of all ethical rules of medical personel, to force someone to submit to testings that are a. intrusive, b. privacy intrusive, an c. endangering the mental health of the people forced to submit?

    Any force issued on pupils to submit to such instructions is a crime, equal to rape!
    And should be punished as such!

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