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Federal Complaint Against Hershey School

Federal Complaint Against Hershey School

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INTHEUNITEDSTATESDISTRICTCOURTFORTHEEASTERNDISTRICTOFPENNSYLVANIA
MOTHERSMITH,onbehalfofherselfandasParentandNaturalGuardian,onbehalfofABRAHAMSMITH,aMinor,
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'7391
CaseNo:
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Plaintiffs,JURYTRIALDEMANDED
v.
MILTONHERSHEYSCHOOL,Defendant.
COMPLAINTINTRODUCTIONANDBACKGROUNDSTATEMENT
1.Thirteen-year-oldPlaintiff,AbrahamSmith,andhisparent/naturalguardian,MotherSmith,("Plaintiffs"),bringthislawsuitagainstDefendantMiltonHersheySchool("Defendant"),seekingallavailablereliefunderTitleIIIoftheAmericanswithDisabilitiesActof1990,42U.S.C.
§
12181,
etseq.,
andapplicablestate
law.'
ThefollowingallegationsarebasedonpersonalknowledgeastoPlaintiffs'ownconductandaremadeoninformationandbeliefastotheactsofothers.2.Asexplainedmorefullybelow,thisactionstemsfromDefendant'sunwarrantedanddiscriminatoryrefusaltoconsiderAbrahamforenrollmentbecauseheisinfectedwiththehumanimmunodeficiencyvirus("HIV").InrefusingtoconsiderAbrahamforenrollmentbasedonhisHIVstatus,Defendantviolatedmultipleanti-discriminationlawsthatprotecttherightsofpeoplewithHIVtoremainfreefromunwarranteddiscrimination.
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PlaintiffsfiledachargewiththePennsylvaniaHumanRelationsCommissiononOctober20,2011,assertingviolationsunderthePennsylvaniaHumanRelationsAct,43P.S.
§§
951-963("PHRA").PlaintiffswillamendtheComplainttoincludethePHRAcausesofactionuponproperexhaustionofadministrativeremedies.
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JURISDICTIONANDVENUE
3.ThisCourthasfederalquestionjurisdictionoverthesubjectmatterofPlaintiffAbrahamSmith'sclaimsundertheAmericanswithDisabilitiesAct("ADA")pursuantto28
U.S.C.
§
1331.
4.ThisCourthassupplementaljurisdictionoverPlaintiffs'statelawclaimspursuantto28U.S.C.§1367becausethoseclaimsaresorelatedtoPlaintiffs'federalclaimsthattheyformpartofthesamecaseorcontroversy.5.Thisactionisauthorizedby42U.S.C.§12188.6.VenueisproperinthisCourtpursuantto28U.S.C.
§
1391(b)becauseasubstantialpartoftheeventsoromissionsgivingrisetotheclaimsallegedhereinoccurredinthisjudicialdistrict.VenueisalsoproperinthisCourtpursuantto28U.S.C.§1391(b)becauseDefendantsolicitsandenrollsstudentsinthisjudicialdistrict.
PARTIES
7.PlaintiffMotherSmitlr'isanindividualcurrentlyresidinginDelawareCountyinSoutheasternPennsylvania.8.PlaintiffAbrahamSmithisaminorchild,currentlyresidingwithhismother,MotherSmith,inDelawareCountyinSoutheasternPennsylvania.
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PseudonymshavebeenusedinplaceofPlaintiffs,fullnamesduetoprivacyconcerns.LocalRule5.1.3permitsmodificationofAbrahamSmith'sfullnameasaminorchild.MotherSmithmayproceedusingapseudonymbecauseshehasareasonablefearofsevereharminrevealingheridentityoutoffearthatitwouldidentifyhersonandhisHIVstatus.
SeeDoe
v.
Megless,
654F.3d404,408-9(3d..Cir.2011)(endorsinganon-comprehensivebalancingtest,whichbalances,"...whetheralitiganthasareasonablefearofsevereharmthatoutweighsthepublic'sinterestinopenlitigation,"andincludingAIDSasanexampleofanareawherecourtshavepermittedplaintiffstoproceedwithpseudonyms).PlaintiffintendstofileaMotionforLeavetoProceedUnderPseudonymforMotherSmithinconnectionwiththefilingofthisComplaint.
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9.DefendantMiltonHersheySchool(MHS)isacost-free,private,coeducationalhomeandschoolforpre-Kindergartenthrough12thGradestudentsfromfamiliesoflowincome,limitedresources,andsocialneed,operatinginthisstate.10.Defendantprovidesresidentialfacilitiestoenrolledstudents.Studentsliveinhomeswith10to14studentsintheirownagegroup.Apairofmarriedhouseparentsoverseeeachhome.11.StudentsenrolledattheMiltonHersheySchoolresideattheMiltonHersheySchoolfortheschoolyear,andexpecttoresidetherethroughoutthecourseoftheirenrollment.12.Accordingtoitswebsite,Defendantprovidesa"strong,comprehensiveeducationalprogram,"that"emphasizesappliedandhands-onlearningwithinasupportive,secure,andhealthyhomelifesurrounding.TheMHScurriculumpreparesstudentsforsuccessaftergraduation."
See
MiltonHersheySchool,
PathwaytoStudentSuccess,
athttp://www.mhs-pa.org/academics/pathway-to-student-success(lastaccessedNov.26,2011).13.Accordingtoitsannualreport,88percentoftheMiltonHersheySchoolclassof2010begantheirfreshmanyearofpostsecondaryeducation,exceedingthenationalaverage.StudentswhoattendtheMiltonHersheySchoolarealsoeligibleforContinuingEducationScholarships,whichprovidefinancialassistanceforpost-graduateeducation.14.Accordingtoitswebsite,Defendantprovidesmedical,dental,psychological,behavioral,andsocialworkservicesforstudentswhileoncampus.Defendant'smedicalstaffofpediatricians,registerednurses,certifiednursingassistants,apre-enrollmentcoordinator,staffassistants,amedicalclaimsanalyst,andahealthsystemsmanagerprovidesmedicalcareforstudents,includinghealthscreenings,physicals/sportsassessments,immunizations,healtheducation,andadministrationofmedications.Defendant'smedicalprogramoffersservices24
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