Following DNA Test, Student Asked To Leave School Due To Cystic Fibrosis Link

A teenage boy has been asked to leave a middle school in California after tests show DNA markers of cystic fibrosis. Now, his family are suing over “genetic discrimination” claims. 

Colman Chadam does not have cystic fibrosis.

He does, however, have a strain of DNA that can potentially develop into the rare disease.

Cystic fibrosis is caused by a gene mutation. Those who do develop the disease are highly sensitive to contagious infections because the condition impacts their lungs and digestive system. Patients are also very sensitive to each other.

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According to the universal quota and to protect the children, Colman’s former school in Palo Alto already had two diagnosed students which meant Colman was unable to be enrolled.

While Colman has no symptoms of the disease, the school took action because there is a heightened risk of “cross-contamination” between patients.

Colman’s parents explained that they did the right thing by confidentially releasing his medical information to one of their son’s teachers who then relayed this information to the parents of another diagnosed student.

Only then did the patient’s parents complain, which resulted in Colman being asked to leave.

The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation reinforced the instructions for affected children in schools:

“When there is more than one person with cystic fibrosis in your school, it is essential that they be kept a minimum of 6 feet (2 meters) apart from each other. Germs can spread as far as 6 feet through droplets released in the air when people cough or sneeze.”

An ongoing lawsuit since 2012, the district court originally rejected Colman’s parents claim that the school violated their son’s first amendment right. However, only last month, the U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals finally agreed to review the case.

It’s hard to predict how this case will unfold, and it’s a delicate situation for schools to navigate.

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