Teen boy, Hershey school settle AIDS bias case

    A 14-year-old boy and his mother will receive $700,000 from the settlement of an AIDS discrimination lawsuit against a Pennsylvania private boarding school that refused to enroll him because he’s HIV-positive.

    The settlement was announced Wednesday by the AIDS Law Project of Pennsylvania and the Milton Hershey School, which is financed by a trust that holds the controlling interest in The Hershey Co. candy manufacturer.

    The school also must pay $15,000 in civil penalties and provide HIV training for students and staffers.

    The school wouldn’t enroll the Philadelphia area honor roll student on the grounds he’d be a threat to other students’ health and safety.

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    The AIDS Law Project sued the school in federal court last year. The school reversed its policy and announced it would treat applicants with HIV the same as others.

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