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Fri Oct 19, 2012, 04:13 AM

Colman Chadam, California Boy, Ordered To Transfer Schools For Carrying Cystic Fibrosis Gene

Can someone with experience with such cases comment? Any justification at all for the school's policy here?


Colman Chadam, an 11-year-old California boy, has been ordered to transfer from his current school to another one miles away because of his genetic makeup. Now, his parents are taking the issue to court.

Colman carries the genetic mutations for cystic fibrosis, a noncontagious but incurable and life-threatening disease. Despite the gene's presence, the Jordan Middle School student in Palo Alto doesn't actually have the disease and doesn't exhibit the typical symptoms of thick mucus that can clog and infect the lungs.

Cystic fibrosis is inherited from both parents and while not contagious, can pose a threat if two people with the disease are in close contact. In an effort to protect other students at the school who do have the disease, officials declared that Colman would have to transfer out to prevent cross contaminatio

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Fri Oct 19, 2012, 05:06 AM

1. In the comments on this link, people are giving more detail.

There is another student at the school who has CF. Colman poses a possible risk to that student already there and per law, must be at a different school, which the HuffPo story does mention. Also, the school he is being transferred to is only three miles away. Palo Alto isn't that big. SF gate has more detail at their link: http://www.sfgate.com/health/article/Boy-in-school-flap-over-cystic-fibrosis-3944802.php

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