A boycott of confectionery giant Hershey is being called for after a teenage boy living with HIV/AIDS was excluded from a school which is connected to the company.
Milton Hershey School have explained their decision on the basis that the 14-year-old boy could potentially infect one of his classmates through unprotected sex. The school is financed by the Milton Hershey School Trust.
The case is reminiscent of the 1985 battle around teen Ryan White, who was excluded from schools in Indiana after protests from parents, which included violent threats such as the White’s house being fired on. White died in 1990 and his pallbearers included Elton John and Phil Donahue. His grave was subsequently vandalized.
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