SARASOTA, Fla. — The parents of three hemophiliacs applied Tuesday to have their sons attend school 50 miles from their hometown of Arcadia, where the boys were shunned because they carry the AIDS virus.
"They have formally asked that the children be considered for admission to Sarasota schools," said Judy Kavanaugh, attorney for the family of Louise and Clifford Ray.
Sarasota recently adopted a policy of allowing AIDS-exposed children into public schools unless it poses a medical risk to themselves or others.
Evaluation of the Ray case will take five to 20 days, Kavanaugh said.
Although Sarasota and Arcadia are not far apart geographically, there is a wide gap in their attitudes toward schoolchildren with the acquired immune deficiency syndrome virus.