School Kicks Out Boy for Having Cystic Fibrosis Gene
Colman Chadam's parents want their day in court
By Neal Colgrass, Newser Staff
Posted Oct 29, 2012 4:07 PM CDT
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(Newser) – Two California parents are crying foul over a school's order to transfer their son because he has the gene for cystic fibrosis, Today Health reports. Officials at the Palo Alto school are moving Colman Chadam, 11, because another boy there has the disorder—which experts say is normally a good way to guard against dangerous bacterial cross-contamination. But Colman only has the gene, not the full-blown condition. "This was an ill-thought-out decision," says NBC's chief medical editor.

So Colman's parents are home-schooling their boy until they can fight the move in court. "Why take a child who’s new to the district, who’s just making friends" and has "been well his whole life ... why stigmatize him?" asks his dad. A district official calls the move a "zero-risk option," but Colman feels wronged: "I was sad but at the same time I was mad because I understood that I hadn’t done anything wrong,” he says. “It feels like I’m being bullied in a way that is not right.”

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Feb 2, 2016 9:08 AM CST
This is is literally life and death...all 3 children have the right to be in school, yet apparently the 2 w/CF are at risk by the healthy child....I would hope if it were my child that was at risk, I would make different arrangement to keep my child safe and not expect to exclude other children that have an equal right to be there....I would hope I would understand that it was my problem and accommodations can only reach as far as to not negatively impact others.
Oct 30, 2012 1:32 PM CDT
hope you sue and win big time! good luck!
Oct 30, 2012 9:52 AM CDT
Liberals taking away our rights, One child at a time!! California citizens, You voted to Allow liberals to take away your families Rights, Don't complain Now!