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HIV-Positive Teen Bullied at School, Sues School District

While at school, a 14-year-old HIV-positive girl confronted hateful notes left on her locker, was told by her soccer coach that the team could use her HIV status to scare the other teams, and endured name-calling on a regular basis.

The AP reports that the ridicule became so harsh that the girl left school. Now being homeschooled, she has filed a federal lawsuit claiming that school officials did nothing to stop the crippling bullying.

This isn't the first time this exact Indianapolis school district has faced a controversy surrounding a student with HIV/AIDS. During the 1980s, Ryan White, a young boy who contracted HIV from a blood transfusion, successfully won the right to attend school in the district. Federal law guarantees a child with HIV/AIDS the right to confidentiality, and prohibits discrimination against them in schools, among other things.

Do you think the school should do more to help this teen go to school in peace, or is there no way to fight the stigma and control the actions of others?


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