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US school fined for refusing admission to HIV-boy

US school fined for refusing admission to HIV-boy
The US administration has fined a school in Pennsylvania for barring admission to a 13-year-old with HIV saying it violated American law.

The Milton Hershey School in Pennsylvania said it had ‘discontinued processing’ Abraham Smith's application when it learned he had the virus that causes AIDS, according to a copy of the legal settlement released on Wednesday, the Huffington Post reported.

The school for lower income and socially disadvantaged students is financed by a trust that holds the controlling interest in candy manufacturing giant The Hershey Company.

The school, which serves disadvantaged children 4-17 years old, said the decision was the result of an ‘analysis of potential risks to other students and the legal rights of Abraham Smith or other applicants with HIV.’

The Justice Department said that while the school ‘did not act with malice toward Smith, it was unable to show how admitting him or other HIV-positive students would endanger others.
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