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nola70119
11:50 AM on 11/08/2012
Was it bullying? Did they treat him terribly or just request he go to another school? What would they say if his contact triggered a medical reaction with the other schools? Plus, what would that reaction entail?
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VictoryBlue
Motorcycle rider, Legalization supporter, Texan
11:58 AM on 11/08/2012
And nothing about the other 2 children. Why him? Why not one of the other children that they know about?
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No More Hurting People
12:00 PM on 11/08/2012
They didn't "request". They forced him out of that school without legal or even a valid scientific cause to do so.

Carrying the gene does not pose a risk to himself or other students. It is only a medical risk if two people who actually have the disease are in close contact. This is because they can share infections that result from the disease.

Even if he did pose a risk, you can't kick one student out in favor of another student without following legal due process is not allowed. He has the same rights as the other students (who are presumably siblings, otherwise they would pose risks to each other).
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nola70119
03:34 PM on 11/09/2012
I wonder how they are going to handle three students with the same disease. Separation is one thing, but how far must they be kept apart from each other?
11:42 AM on 11/08/2012
Some more science would be helpful here... how does close contact between those who carry the gene and/or have the disease cause those persons additional complications?
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SeaMikeC
Retired Retailer/Former Mortgage Loan Officer
12:00 PM on 11/08/2012
good question. Also, why is it this kid that has to leave, and not those with the disease? Seems a little odd that even though this kid doesn't have it, just the genes, then why are their kids in the class WITH the disease? hhmm I wonder.
01:45 PM on 11/08/2012
First come, first served? Alphabetical? Who knows... not much here makes sense.
12:20 PM on 11/08/2012
My thoughts exactly - I read it but still didn't understand how this was a risk and what could happen - glad to see it wasn't just me.....
11:41 AM on 11/08/2012
So, what's being done to prevent the other two students from coming into contact with each other? It sounds like the district was targeting just this one student.
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Bike Commuter
No More Hurting People
11:46 AM on 11/08/2012
The others are probably siblings, meaning that they are always in contact with each other.
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Bike Commuter
No More Hurting People
11:40 AM on 11/08/2012
Trying to figure out how having the gene could pose a problem. My understanding is that the cross-contamination issue is related to people who actually have the disease sharing respiratory infections. If he doesn't actually have it then he should be no more of a risk than any other person. 

Also, even if there were a risk. The rights of the other person do not outweigh his rights. The school's responsibility is to provide reasonable accommodations for all. They can no more kick him out than they could kick out the other two students (who I suspect are siblings).
12:40 PM on 11/08/2012
Plenty of articles out there are stating explicitly that there is no problem. It's the usual fear from the folk who don't bother with learning about things.
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Bike Commuter
No More Hurting People
12:56 PM on 11/08/2012
Yes, I tried to post one of those articles in another comment. It is still being held up.

It is only an issue if two unrelated people actually have the disease. Carrying the gene is no risk at all other than to your offspring.
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cable1977
Against logic there is no armor like ignorance
01:37 PM on 11/08/2012
It can't. This is a case of the school district not understanding the medical issues involved at all.
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Bike Commuter
No More Hurting People
01:45 PM on 11/08/2012
Yes, I have read up on it and the information has confirmed what I first thought. There is no risk.
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Michael Overboe
11:39 AM on 11/08/2012
A lot of people carry the Cystic fibrosis gene. Most will go there entire life and never know they have the gene!
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BullMoose15
11:38 AM on 11/08/2012
The slide show made me sick to my stomach.. What is happening to our youth today? We need to teach tolerance and acceptance. Not one more child should feel there is no way out of bullying accept suicide..
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CK22
Partly Cloudy Patriot
11:30 AM on 11/08/2012
This doesn't say much about the law, but I assume this is a pretty open and shut GINA case, which we can list as one of the few good things to come out of the Bush presidency.