|Photo: Brian Edwards|
The billboard is part of a boycott of Hershey candy to protest the refusal of a boarding school
with ties to the company to admit a teenager because he is HIV-positive.
The AIDS Law Project of Pennsylvania sued the school in U.S. District
Court in Philadelphia last year, contending that the school violated
the Americans with Disabilities Act in denying admission to the boy,
whose name has not been made public.
Lawyers for the group say the boy is an honor roll student who
controls the HIV with medication and poses no health threat to the other
students. A person can have the virus that causes AIDS but not have the
Ronda Goldfein, attorney for the AIDS Law Project, said she is not
involved with the boycott effort but the protests have been a morale
booster for the boy and his mother.
“For a 14-year-old to hear that he’s danger, he’s a threat, that has really been hard for him,” Goldfein said.