PA Private School Paying $700,000 To Boy It Rejected Because He Was HIV+
In a settlement with the Justice Department, the Milton Hershey School has agreed to pay $700,000 to Abraham Smith (not his real name) after allegations surfaced it denied his application because he was born with HIV.
When the situation came to light last year, the school, which provides a free education to at-risk youth, defended itself with a statement on its website:
The School decided that it could not admit the student who uses the pseudonym Abraham Smith due to factors relating to his HIV-positive status. This decision was not made based on bias or ignorance. We considered a number of factors relating to the risks posed to the health and safety of others, and our ability to reduce those risks and maintain confidentiality in our unique residential environment.
We know that HIV is... [via Queerty]