Ryan White allowed back in classroom, Nov. 25, 1985
The mid-1980s were a time of considerable fear about the newly defined and deadly Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS). Misinformation and paranoia had convinced some Americans that the virus which causes AIDS could be transmitted through casual contact such as kissing or sitting on a public toilet seat, and there was disagreement about how to contain the health risk posed by the disease.
An Associated Press article in the Nov. 26, 1985, Daily News-Record of Harrisonburg, Va., reported on one Indiana boy’s struggle for a normal life despite his illness.
“A teenage boy who was barred from school because he has AIDS will be allowed to attend classes, a state Department of Education hearing officer ruled Monday.
“Ryan White, who contracted the disease while being treated for hemophilia, was elated at the prospect of returning to classes at Kokomo’s Western Middle School, said his mother, Jeanne White.”
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