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Claim: Hershey school rejects HIV-positive Pa. boy

A Philadelphia-area teenager says he was denied admission to a private boarding school connected with the Hershey chocolate company because he's HIV-positive.
/ Source: The Associated Press

A Philadelphia-area teenager says he was denied admission to a private boarding school connected with the Hershey chocolate company because he's HIV-positive.

A discrimination suit filed Wednesday in Philadelphia federal court claims the Milton Hershey School violated anti-discrimination laws in denying the 13-year-old's request for admission to the school for disadvantaged students. The AIDS Law Project of Pennsylvania filed the lawsuit for the boy.

School officials say the boy was denied admission to protect the other 1,850 students in grades pre-K through 12.

The school was founded in 1909 by the late chocolate maker Milton Hershey. It educates low-income and socially disadvantaged students for free. It's financed by the Milton Hershey School Trust, which also holds the controlling interest in The Hershey Co.