'Head told me to go elsewhere'

13th March 2009 at 00:00

A parent, whose adopted daughter has HIV, said she was shocked by a school's response.

When Mary (not her real name) went to enrol her daughter, she asked what the school's policy was on outbreaks of infectious diseases such as chicken pox. "The head wanted to know why I was asking, so I told her my child has an immune deficiency," she said.

When the head asked for more details, Mary said her daughter has HIV. "She moved away from me, and just said, 'Oh, we haven't had one of those before,'" she said.

The head told teachers, who said they had "concerns" about dealing with a child who was HIV-positive. Mary said: "The head said she thought it would be a good idea for me to try another school, and then she advised me to keep my daughter's HIV secret. To lie, basically."

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