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December 1, 1991 | From Staff and Wire Reports
Ryan Thomas, a boy who contracted AIDS through a blood transfusion and won a court fight for reinstatement in kindergarten, has died at the age of 10. The boy died on Thanksgiving Day in an ambulance en route from his Atascadero home to the Sierra Vista Regional Medical Center. He had gained national attention in 1986 when his parents, Robin and Judy Thomas, won a federal court battle permitting him to attend Santa Rosa Road Elementary School in the Atascadero Unified School District.
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December 1, 1991 | From Staff and Wire Reports
Ryan Thomas, a boy who contracted AIDS through a blood transfusion and won a court fight for reinstatement in kindergarten, has died at the age of 10. The boy died on Thanksgiving Day in an ambulance en route from his Atascadero home to the Sierra Vista Regional Medical Center. He had gained national attention in 1986 when his parents, Robin and Judy Thomas, won a federal court battle permitting him to attend Santa Rosa Road Elementary School in the Atascadero Unified School District.
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August 20, 1987
One of the mothers The Times interviewed stated that she wanted to keep the fact that her child had AIDS ("Children With AIDS: Learning to Lie," July 27) a secret because the family was afraid of what would happen if people knew. She pointed out the Ryan Thomas family in Atascadero and noted they were practically run out of town. I'm sorry that the media has given everyone this impression because it's really not true. Ryan's father, Robin, has worked for us off and on ever since Ryan was 6 months old. We have a retail business in Atascadero and he is currently employed by us. We have seen many acts of kindness and friendship toward the family during this very trying time.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 20, 1987
One of the mothers The Times interviewed stated that she wanted to keep the fact that her child had AIDS ("Children With AIDS: Learning to Lie," July 27) a secret because the family was afraid of what would happen if people knew. She pointed out the Ryan Thomas family in Atascadero and noted they were practically run out of town. I'm sorry that the media has given everyone this impression because it's really not true. Ryan's father, Robin, has worked for us off and on ever since Ryan was 6 months old. We have a retail business in Atascadero and he is currently employed by us. We have seen many acts of kindness and friendship toward the family during this very trying time.
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November 17, 1986 | From Associated Press
A federal judge in Los Angeles today ordered Atascadero's school district to allow 5-year-old Ryan Thomas to return to kindergarten, ruling that the AIDS victim who bit a classmate in a schoolyard scuffle Sept. 8 poses no danger. Saying "there is nothing to fear from this child," U.S. District Judge Alicemarie Stotler granted a preliminary injunction sought by Ryan's parents and the American Civil Liberties Union.
NEWS
April 8, 1987
The father of a 5-year-old AIDS victim plans to move his family from their Atascadero home to a more secluded residence following vandalism and a kidnaping attempt. Ryan Thomas's parents fought a school district ruling that prevented him from going to kindergarten because he has AIDS, which he contracted from a blood transfusion.
NEWS
October 15, 1986
The American Civil Liberties Union is seeking a federal court order allowing an Atascadero kindergartner with AIDS to return to the school where he was suspended after biting a classmate. In a suit filed in U.S. District Court in Los Angeles, the ACLU also said that the Atascadero Unified School District violated federal and state anti-discrimination laws by barring 5-year-old Ryan Thomas from his kindergarten class.
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November 20, 1986
The Atascadero School Board decided not to appeal a Los Angeles federal court order to readmit a 5-year-old AIDS victim who had bitten a kindergarten classmate, and the boy will return to school next week. Robin Thomas, father of Ryan Thomas, said he and his wife, Judy, have decided to start the boy back in kindergarten at Santa Rosa Elementary School.
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October 4, 1986 | Associated Press
A 4-year-old boy with AIDS who was removed from school after biting another student should not be allowed to return to class, school district officials recommended Friday. The ruling of the Placement Committee of the Atascadero Unified School District is expected to be approved by the school board on Monday, said Paul Anderson, the district's director of curriculum. Ryan Thomas, who will be 5 on Oct. 20, contracted acquired immune deficiency syndrome from a blood transfusion.
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March 4, 1989 | Compiled by researcher Cecilia Rasmussen
City Clerk Elias Martinez said Los Angeles residents who are not registered to vote or who have moved since the Nov. 8 election have until March 13 to sign up for the April 11 primary election. MAYORAL RACE Candidate Joel Britton, an oil refinery worker, will speak at the Militant Forum at 7 tonight at 2546 W. Pico Blvd. Britton will address social and economic crisis in Central and Latin America, including how the developing crisis affects the conditions working people confront in Los Angeles.
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