LGBT Midwest high school copes with HIV scare

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  1. Sonadoras789

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    *I just want to say to look because it can happen to ANYBODY regardless if they are in a risk group or not*:noes:


    NORMANDY, Missouri (AP) -- Students at a suburban St. Louis high school headed to the gymnasium for HIV testing this week after an infected person told health officials as many as 50 teenagers might have been exposed to the virus that causes AIDS.
    Officials refused to give details on who the person was or how the students at Normandy High School might have been exposed, but the district is consulting with national AIDS organizations as it tries to minimize the fallout and prevent the infection -- and misinformation -- from spreading.
    "There's potential for stigma for all students regardless of whether they're positive or negative," Normandy School District spokesman Doug Hochstedler said Thursday. "The board wants to be sure all children are fully educated."
    A teacher in a neighboring district singled out a girl who dates someone at Normandy High and instructed her to get tested, Hochstedler said. A competing school's football team initially balked at playing Normandy's 8-0 team.
    Jasmine Lane, a 16-year-old sophomore, said her boyfriend from a neighboring high school broke up with her on learning of the news -- after she bought them tickets to homecoming.
    "I cried so hard," she said.
    Hochstedler said that as far as he knows, no other district has had to handle a similar situation. Students at the school of 1,300 are being tested, and the district is getting advice on the best ways to support kids in crisis.
    Sophomore Tevin Baldwin said that many of his classmates in this working-class city of about 5,000 residents want to transfer out of the district, which encompasses other towns.
    "Nobody knows what's going on," he said. The district declined to respond to his assertion.
    Marcus Holman, a 14-year-old freshman, said he never imagined HIV would become such a widespread threat at school.
    "I'm just trying to pass, get to the next grade, safely," he said.
    Normandy Superintendent Stanton Lawrence agreed that students remain focused on learning, despite concerns and distraction. There's no hysteria or panic, and school is running routinely, he said.
    "They recognize this situation is what it is, and doesn't mean school is over," he said. "Their concern is heightened, but we have to face it and do the responsible thing."
    The St. Louis County Health Department said last week that a positive HIV test raised concern that students at Normandy might have been exposed. The department is not saying whether the infected person was a student or connected with the school, only that the person indicated as many as 50 students may have been exposed.
    The Health Department also will not say how any exposure might have occurred. Health Department spokesman Craig LeFebvre has said the possibilities include sexual activity, intravenous drug use, piercings and tattoos.
    Hochstedler said the district doesn't know the person's identity, or even whether he or she is a student.
    "We do know there was some potential exposure between that person and students," he said. "We don't know the individual or the route of transmission."
    The district learned Oct. 9 of the potential exposure and within a business day worked out with the Health Department how to release the information and handle HIV testing, he said.
    "They took a very proactive stance," he said. "There's no precedent for this."
    Students are being tested at six stations in the high school gymnasium, one class at a time. Only representatives from the Health Department are with the students, who are offered educational materials and a chance to ask questions before they are given an opportunity to be tested with a mouth swab, Hochstedler said. They may decline.
    They exit through a separate door, and no one in the school would know who did or did not get tested.
    "It's entirely up to the student," he said. "There's a lot of stigma associated with this."
    The district will never know whether or how many of its students tested positive, he said.
    "Once they're tested," he said, "it's an issue between the department and the child and his family." iReport.com: Parents need to talk to their kids about sex
    So far, the district has met twice with parents and begun to ask ministers in the community to stress the importance of responsible behavior, Lawrence said.
    Students in grades four through 12 already take classes that discuss the consequences of risky behavior, including HIV, he said.
     
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    novo Pokey Man OT Supporter

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    50 people?

    damn, those are some horny kids
     
  3. Oh fuck...that is really fucked up. They say "up to 50 people" may have been infected? In a school of 1300 that is a very high #...people must get around.
     
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    Teacher? :jb:
     
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    geniks king of the hill

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    Poor children, on a lighter note..



    that's one crazy senior prank.
     
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    LMAO lol
     
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    I'm really curious if it is sex related or tattoo/piercing related.
     
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    Damn Missouri's in the news again :o
     
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    I'm thinking tattoo/piercing related... my old high school had a hepatitis scare cause everyone and there mother was going to this guy to get cheap ass tattoos and he wasn't sterilizing his shit. I think 10-11 people got infected.
     
  10. Tattoo thing makes a lot more sense than kids fucking like rabbits. :o
     
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    :ugh: do you know anything about high school? lol
     
  12. Look motherfucker, for your information, I have seen a lion. And not one of your crap ass queen of the jungle homoerotic pussy-cat lions. A real lion, with fangs and horns and wings and shit. Don't pull your weird ass african voodoo hypnosis crap on me when you don't even know wtf you're talking about.

    you really need to be careful how you talk about me on ot, i dont appreciate it. tone down the disrespect, i dont know where you're from but where im from we dont tolerate that. dont even reply to this, just keep your mouth shut. consider yourself warned
     
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    wow your fucking cool, you think you can just go around stalking people without consequence? this is fucking TEXAS son, I can fucking shoot you if i feel my life is threatened, and the sherriff will pat me on the back especially if your some fucking beaner illegal alien motherfucker. I was in the goddamn SEALs for 12 years so dont think you can fuck around with me, ill disappear around a corner and youll be like WTF WHERED HE GO and ill pop up and snap your face in two, next thing you know you;ll be on the floor puking up your own spinal cord so tone it down.
     
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    What in the hell just happened? What a whirlwind!!!
     
  15. What? WHAT WAS THAT? Sorry I must have misheard, I thought I heard a giant ***got mouthing off at me with something he sure as **** could never back up, but it must have just been my imagination. Because after I imagined hearing that, I proceeded to imagine how good it would feel to break that persons ****ing spinal cord over my knee. I imagined how my next step is usually to rip out one of the persons ****ing ribs and jab it straight through their nose into their brain cavity. I imagined pulling that rib back out, and then brain****ing that dead ***got through the new massive hole in his face I created.
    But I didn't really hear anything, right? no one would be ****ing dumb enough to talk to me like that on here
     
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    geniks king of the hill

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    I'm lost, or somebody is on a rage trip?
     
  17. You think this is a joke?
    Yea wishing aids on someones mother is real ****ing funny asshole, so funny I forgot to laugh.
    If you want to talk like that to me why dont you come here and say it to my face so that I can answer your insults with a swift fist to your nose. Yea you have a lot to say from 432 miles away from me but I bet if my fists were in reach of your face you would be like a tv stuck on mute with no volume button. So do yourself a favor and keep your mouth shut unless you want to die.
    Next time you think about saying something like that to me I want you to remember one thing
    I know the guy that created google maps and I can locate you in the time it took me to type all of this up. Dont want anymore problems? I didnt think so......
     
  18. Bib-Lettuce

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    I'm with you but then I get scared... what a whirlwind! :ugh:
     
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    geniks king of the hill

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    You need to calm down buddy. I'm not wishing aids on anybody, so i don't see why you are flipping out.
     
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    geniks king of the hill

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    You're a rage trip :ugh:
     
  22. ethug.txt bro
     
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    He's a mess, what a ragetrip! :hsugh:
     
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