Stop Discriminating Against an HIV-Positive 13-Year-Old
  • Petitioned Milton Hershey School

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Milton Hershey School
Milton Hershey School

Stop Discriminating Against an HIV-Positive 13-Year-Old

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      Advocates for Youth

TAKE ACTION: Join Lawrence Stallworth II, a 20-year-old who learned he was HIV-positive while a senior in high school, by taking a stand against discrimination, stigma and fear. Demand that the Milton Hershey School publicly apologize for discriminating against a 13-year-old HIV-positive student.

The Milton Hershey School promises to "nurture and educate children in social and financial need to lead fulfilling and productive lives" -- unless you happen to be living with HIV.

The school recently rejected the application of a 13-year-old young man -- publicly citing his HIV-positive status as the reason for his rejection. In a written statement, the school attempted to justify their illegal action, saying "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."

People living with HIV do not pose any kind of health threat to those around them. Educators, in particular, should know better -- this is 2011, not 1985! We don’t know what kind of sex education they teach at the Milton Hershey School, but it might be time for the administrators and admissions staff to retake the class.

Thankfully, the AIDS Law Project of Pennsylvania has joined this young man and his family as they fight for his right to education unhindered by ignorance and fear. It is particularly disappointing to see such small-minded bigotry promoted by an educational institution.

We were outraged to hear about this young man’s situation, but -- as we observe World AIDS Day this week -- this story of blatant discrimination serves as a shocking reminder that people living with HIV and AIDS still face stigma each and every day across the U.S. and around the world.

Together, we can make a difference -- for this young man and so many others. Let's get to work!

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    Reasons for signing

      • almost 2 years ago

      Allied NATO Government is hiding millions of NON HIV AIDS cases (like mine) under the "Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS)" ICD-code.

      UK PROGRESSIVE published one of my letters about NON HIV AIDS.

      This marked it’s 8th publication on 4 continents.

      This topic has been censored from mainstream media since 1992.

      I hope that you will support this humanitarian issue, and spread-the-news too (e.g., write a story, add to your e*Newsletter and/or post on Facebook/Twitter).

      In the fight for humanity,


      Or just google "NON HIV AIDS"

    • Silvia Bell HAYWARD, CA
      • almost 2 years ago

      Wow. This is suppose to be an educational institution???? They need to take a very close look at them self. STOP discriminating against children that are HIV-positive.


      Silvia Bell

    • Charles Coplien BROADHEAD, WI
      • almost 2 years ago

      this is just wrong

    • Danielle Erdman KENNEWICK, WA
      • about 2 years ago

      I thought it was common knowledge that you can't get HIV unless you have sexual contact, share needles, or rub open wounds together (why would anyone do that, anyway?). What the hell?

    • Edward Mokrzycki JACKSONVILLE, IL
      • about 2 years ago

      how sad this is. these acts need to stop at once


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