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The Milton Hershey School in Pennsylvania has decided to accept an HIV-positive teenager after previously saying the boy’s chronic communicable disease could pose a threat to his fellow students.The boy, who goes by the pseudonym Abraham Smith, filed a lawsuit against the school when he was first denied admission, claiming the school violated the Americans with Disabilities Act, The Associated Press reported Monday.
For its part, the school, which serves lower-income students, said it reversed its admissions decision after consulting with the Justice Department.
“The U.S. Department of Justice recently advised us that it disagrees with how we evaluated the risks and applied the law,” school president Anthony Colistra told the AP. “We have decided to accept this guidance.”
While the school’s decision hasn’t ended the teen’s lawsuit, his lawyer said he is considering the admissions offer.
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