Saturday, August 18, 2012

Battle with Hershey School Won, But Fight Against Ignorance Continues

See this editorial by that title in the Pottstown (PA) Mercury.  It begins:
Abraham Smith has won the battle but not yet the war. 
The 14-year-old, who is using an alias because he is infected with the AIDS virus, was issued an invitation a month ago to attend the Milton Hershey School, a free private boarding school for 1,850 low income boys and girls. The Dauphin County institution was founded by chocolate magnate Milton Hershey and his wife, Catherine, in 1909, originally for white male orphans. 
The invitation by school president Anthony Colistra was a reversal of the school officials’ previous stance last year that rejected the honor roll student’s application because he was HIV-positive.

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