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Boy banned from school for carrying cystic fibrosis gene
Fox News.com ^ | October 18, 2012 | Fox News

Posted on 10/20/2012 11:55:14 AM PDT by Tired of Taxes

A California boy has been ordered to transfer to another middle school because he carries the genetic mutations for cystic fibrosis – even though his doctors and parents maintain he does not have the incurable, non-infectious disease, the San Francisco Gate reported.

School officials said they believe 11-year-old Colman Chadam’s genetic makeup may put other students at risk and ordered him to move from Palo Alto’s Jordan Middle School to another district middle school three miles away after his parents disclosed his condition on a medical form in the beginning of the school year.

Colman has never had the lung problems associated with the disease, has never required treatment and tested negative on a sweat test, which is the definitive diagnostic test, his parents, Jamy and Jennifer Chadman, said Thursday.

The Chadmans said they only disclosed his condition out of an “overabundance of caution” and tried to convince the school officials that he does not have classic cystic fibrosis and therefore is not a risk.

While cystic fibrosis is not contagious, bacteria from the disease can be dangerous to others who have it as well, and non-siblings are advised to stay 3 to 6 feet away from each other, according to the Chronicle. A pair of siblings at Colman’s school do have the disease, which prompted school officials to force Colman to change schools seven weeks into the year.

Colman’s parents took the school district to court Friday to fight the decision. Colman will be home-schooled until it is determined whether he can stay at Jordan or must go to Terman Middle School.

“Honestly, if I felt Colman was a risk to others, I would move him," Jennifer Chadam said. "I don't want anyone to get sick."

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TOPICS: Culture/Society; News/Current Events; US: California
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1 posted on 10/20/2012 11:55:20 AM PDT by Tired of Taxes
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To: Tired of Taxes

What’s next? Banning colored socks? Oh, wait ... never mind.


2 posted on 10/20/2012 11:56:38 AM PDT by SkyDancer (Live your life in such a way that the Westboro church shows up at your funeral)
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To: SkyDancer

You can’t say “colored” any more, that’s “RASIS”!


3 posted on 10/20/2012 11:57:43 AM PDT by Revolting cat! (Bad things are wrong! Ice cream is delicious!)
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To: Tired of Taxes

But a kid with AIDS will be welcomed and encouraged to “mainstream” in all activities. . .to include contact sports.


4 posted on 10/20/2012 11:58:13 AM PDT by Hulka
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To: Tired of Taxes

..but MRSA is OK—and HIV...


5 posted on 10/20/2012 11:58:57 AM PDT by WalterSkinner ( In Memory of My Father--WWII Vet and Patriot 1926-2007)
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To: Tired of Taxes
"A California boy has been ordered to transfer to another middle school because he carries the genetic mutations for cystic fibrosis..."

Stunning absence of logic by the powers that be.

If there is a problem with this child attending one Middle School, how does transferring him to another one 3 miles away solve the problem?

6 posted on 10/20/2012 12:03:31 PM PDT by Palmetto Patriot (2010 All Over Again. Make it happen. Get Busy!)
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To: Tired of Taxes
wtf????

Are they actually too stupid to know you cannot ‘catch’ a GENETIC disease????

7 posted on 10/20/2012 12:03:56 PM PDT by Mr. K ("The only thing the World would hate more than the USA in charge is the USA NOT in charge")
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To: Tired of Taxes
While cystic fibrosis is not contagious, bacteria from the disease can be dangerous to others who have it as well, and non-siblings are advised to stay 3 to 6 feet away from each other, according to the Chronicle.

precaution is always a good idea. Besides they can't stay 3-6 feet apart, especially in sex-ed during bed position demonstrations for the final grade period.

8 posted on 10/20/2012 12:05:29 PM PDT by GeronL (http://asspos.blogspot.com)
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To: Mr. K

They don’t call it the “land of fruits and nuts” for nothing.


9 posted on 10/20/2012 12:06:01 PM PDT by Olog-hai
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To: Tired of Taxes
While cystic fibrosis is not contagious, bacteria from the disease can be dangerous to others who have it as well, and non-siblings are advised to stay 3 to 6 feet away from each other, according to the Chronicle. A pair of siblings at Colman’s school do have the disease,

From a liability perspective, the school probably made the right move.

10 posted on 10/20/2012 12:07:33 PM PDT by wideminded
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To: Mr. K

If you read the details, it becomes clear that they’re not that stupid.


11 posted on 10/20/2012 12:10:07 PM PDT by wideminded
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To: Tired of Taxes

If he had AIDS they wouldn’t dare do this to him. The heterophobes would go insane.


12 posted on 10/20/2012 12:12:48 PM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum (Government is the religion of the psychopath.)
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To: Tired of Taxes
Just wait until he tries to get treated for a broken bone. Under ObamaCare, I'd bet hospitals would turn him away lest he infect the other patients.

Tough luck kid, next time carry a sickle cell anemia gene.

13 posted on 10/20/2012 12:14:26 PM PDT by null and void (Day 1369 of our ObamaVacation from reality - Obama, a queer and present danger)
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

Bingo


14 posted on 10/20/2012 12:17:02 PM PDT by Arthurio
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To: Tired of Taxes

Gattica here we come...


15 posted on 10/20/2012 12:19:19 PM PDT by Crucial (Tolerance at the expense of equal treatment is the path to tyranny.)
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To: Tired of Taxes

I just went to my 50th high school reunion with two other women. We, and one other woman who died of CF some years back, started singing together in a church choir when we were 3 years old, and continued our close association until age 18. We breathed each other’s breath, held each other’s hands and music sheets, and never gave it a moment’s thought. As noted, the three survivors are now 68 years old.

Those poor liberals are afraid of everything but unprotected deviant sex.


16 posted on 10/20/2012 12:19:26 PM PDT by Albion Wilde (On Sesame Street, Obama is brought to you by the letter O and the number 16 billion. - Mitt Romney)
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To: Revolting cat!

Okay, so if a piano player can be called a “pianist” why can’t a race car drive be called a “racist” .... one wonders.


17 posted on 10/20/2012 12:21:54 PM PDT by SkyDancer (Live your life in such a way that the Westboro church shows up at your funeral)
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To: Tired of Taxes

If the kids had AIDS, too, he’d be named an Honorary Founder of the school.


18 posted on 10/20/2012 12:23:57 PM PDT by Right Wing Assault (Dick Obama is more inexperienced now than he was before he was elected.)
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To: Tired of Taxes

These officials would probably insist that those with Down’s Syndrome be quarantined, so as not to infect the population at large.


19 posted on 10/20/2012 12:24:11 PM PDT by oblomov
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To: wideminded
If you read the details, it becomes clear that they’re not that stupid.

So, tell me, what bacteria does a kid with a single copy of the CF gene and WHO DOES NOT HAVE AND WILL NEVER GET cystic fibrosis have that a kid who doesn't have his own copy of a CF gene can catch?

20 posted on 10/20/2012 12:25:37 PM PDT by null and void (Day 1369 of our ObamaVacation from reality - Obama, a queer and present danger)
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To: Olog-hai

Beat me to it. GMTA.


21 posted on 10/20/2012 12:27:17 PM PDT by carriage_hill (The 0bummer Penguin & Bidet Joker: We played this country like a harp from hell.)
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To: Albion Wilde
Those poor liberals are afraid of everything but unprotected deviant sex.

...and muslims.

22 posted on 10/20/2012 12:27:33 PM PDT by null and void (Day 1369 of our ObamaVacation from reality - Obama, a queer and present danger)
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To: Tired of Taxes

I’m guessing that the real problem they have with the boy is that he likes girls. That’s considered unnatural in that part of the State,


23 posted on 10/20/2012 12:28:08 PM PDT by Redcloak (A founding member of Drunkards for Romney)
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To: Mr. K

Amazing Aint it ? Stupid just keeps marching on !


24 posted on 10/20/2012 12:38:03 PM PDT by ATOMIC_PUNK (Any man may make a mistake ; none but a fool will persist in it . { Latin proverb })
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To: wideminded
Because the lawsuit now guaranteed to soak the snot out of them is better for the taxpayer than the possibility of lawsuits that might happen... but which the school would probably win?

Congratulations, you are now qualified to be a school board member in Calipornea.

25 posted on 10/20/2012 12:46:07 PM PDT by MrEdd (Heck? Geewhiz Cripes, thats the place where people who don't believe in Gosh think they aint going.)
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To: Tired of Taxes

Since he doesn’t actually have the disease, the parents should have kept their mouths shut.


26 posted on 10/20/2012 12:49:27 PM PDT by nuconvert ( Khomeini promised change too // Hail, Chairman O)
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To: Mr. K

“Are they actually too stupid to know you cannot ‘catch’ a GENETIC disease????”

Yes, and then some, especially if they’re union. But they think conservatives are drooling nincompoops...go figure/s;)


27 posted on 10/20/2012 12:50:09 PM PDT by Frank_2001
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To: GeronL

LOL. Good point.


28 posted on 10/20/2012 12:50:17 PM PDT by Tired of Taxes
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To: Tired of Taxes

Bodes ill for the future. Imagine if the Feds get their way and gets everyone’s gene sequence there could be all kinds of actions based on your genetics. Heck Holder already does - he descriminates against whites.


29 posted on 10/20/2012 12:52:02 PM PDT by The Sons of Liberty ("Get that evil, foreign, muslim, usurping, gay commie bastard out of MY White House!" FUBO!)
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To: Mr. K

If the child had a chronic case of TB or bronchitis that never went away, I understand the risk. As a carrier who has somehow managed to have no symptoms (and some males only find out because it is responsible for a closed vasa deferentia and increases their propensity of getting colds), he doesn’t pose a health risk to others.
The irony is that the school is probably at high risk of measles, TB and Hepatitis from the children of illegal immigrants who go back to Mexico or family members who do and then bring the diseases back to the US.


30 posted on 10/20/2012 12:53:39 PM PDT by tbw2
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To: wideminded
If you read the details, it becomes clear that they’re not that stupid.

You are correct, stupid is the wrong word

They are ignorant...

The bacteria that is issue only possibly effects other CF persons...people without CF have no issue

Sort of like the peanut butter Nazi in schools who ban all peanuts from school even homemade lunches because one poor kid has a peanut allergy and his mother wants the whole school to conform to her kids issue..

31 posted on 10/20/2012 12:55:12 PM PDT by Popman (November 7th...will be a good day for America..)
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To: Tired of Taxes

What about all the illegal immigrants w/o vaccinations?


32 posted on 10/20/2012 1:28:26 PM PDT by enduserindy (Conservative Dead Head)
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To: Tired of Taxes

While a boy with aids is allowed to stay. Lord knows those genes are contagious.......Quote from an honor student and a happily concurring professor. This observation was sprinkled of coarse with some affirmative action diversity and political correctness. hallelujah, pass the doobie


33 posted on 10/20/2012 1:44:24 PM PDT by ronnie raygun (bb)
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To: JenB

ping


34 posted on 10/20/2012 1:45:29 PM PDT by metmom (For freedom Christ has set us free; stand firm therefore & do not submit again to a yoke of slavery)
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To: Tired of Taxes

Stupidity reigns supreme in the Dept of Education.

It is well past time to abolish it and get back to actually educating the kids with local parental control of the schools.


35 posted on 10/20/2012 1:52:36 PM PDT by metmom (For freedom Christ has set us free; stand firm therefore & do not submit again to a yoke of slavery)
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To: Tired of Taxes

Stupidity reigns supreme in the Dept of Education.

It is well past time to abolish it and get back to actually educating the kids with local parental control of the schools.


36 posted on 10/20/2012 1:55:47 PM PDT by metmom (For freedom Christ has set us free; stand firm therefore & do not submit again to a yoke of slavery)
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To: Tired of Taxes
From the article:
“Honestly, if I felt Colman was a risk to others, I would move him," Jennifer Chadam said. "I don't want anyone to get sick."
How in the world does transferring him to a new school three miles away mitigate the risk to other students? While the students in his former school are now "safe", the kids in his new school aren't.
37 posted on 10/20/2012 1:57:37 PM PDT by Bob
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To: null and void
So, tell me, what bacteria does a kid with a single copy of the CF gene

The article did not say that the boy only had a single copy of the CFTR gene.

and WHO DOES NOT HAVE AND WILL NEVER GET cystic fibrosis

If it was known genetically that he could never get the disease, why did doctors perform a "sweat test"?

have that a kid who doesn't have his own copy of a CF gene can catch?

The article said that there were already two kids with CF at the school.

38 posted on 10/20/2012 2:06:40 PM PDT by wideminded
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To: wideminded
If you read the details, it becomes clear that they’re not that stupid.

False. If you read the details, you see that the exact opposite is the case.

While it is true that cystic fibrosis sufferers can pass dangerous infections between one another and are therefore advised to avoid physical contact with each other, this kid does not have the disease.

Therefore, this case is yet another example of, those who can do, those who can't do teach, and those who can't teach administrate.

This principal needs a transfer to the Dreaded Private Sector.

39 posted on 10/20/2012 2:11:12 PM PDT by cynwoody
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To: Tired of Taxes

What am I missing here? CF is inherited by a recessive gene for CF. It requires both parents to pass this recessive gene to a child for the disease to manifest itself.

What is this “bactieria related to CF all about?” I am a retired Medical Lab Technologist, and I have never heard of any bacteria associated with CF, much less with a person who is a carrier of this recessive gene.


40 posted on 10/20/2012 2:20:39 PM PDT by Gumdrop
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To: Popman
They are ignorant...

The bacteria that is issue only possibly effects other CF persons...people without CF have no issue

The article says that there are already two kids with CF at the school.

It sounds like the boy who was turned away may be an unusual case, and while he does not have CF now, perhaps it is not 100% clear that he could not get it.

41 posted on 10/20/2012 2:23:43 PM PDT by wideminded
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To: null and void

You name it. CS sufferers shed larger amounts over everything from staph to strep, and it doesn’t stop with bacteria. Fungal infections also plague CF sufferers, and they are contagious.

It not a matter of CF sufferers having unique infections, but they are human petri dishes growing larger colonies of bacteria and fungus than you’d find in a healthy individual. As a non-sufferer, being around someone with CF exposes you to higher concentrations of pathogens than you’d normally encounter.


42 posted on 10/20/2012 2:35:03 PM PDT by Melas (u)
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To: wideminded; cynwoody

FTR, the news article might be wrong about the number of students who have CF at the school. It doesn’t make sense that, if CF patients present a danger to each other, and school policy is to transfer them to separate schools, why would two students who actually have CF be allowed to remain in the school? Another article out there claimed there’s only one student.


43 posted on 10/20/2012 2:50:23 PM PDT by Tired of Taxes
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To: wideminded; cynwoody

Correction: “a pair of siblings”

That must be why two are allowed to stay in the school. Sorry, I’ve read a few different articles about this story, and I confused them. This Fox News article is probably correct.


44 posted on 10/20/2012 3:22:17 PM PDT by Tired of Taxes
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To: ronnie raygun

He might spread his genes during sex education classes in California. ;)


45 posted on 10/20/2012 3:25:13 PM PDT by SaraJohnson
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To: wideminded
The article says that there are already two kids with CF at the school.

How about a little common sense here...

All CF kids apply the "stripper rule"....no touching and must be six feet away at all times

46 posted on 10/20/2012 3:52:55 PM PDT by Popman (November 7th...will be a good day for America..)
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To: SkyDancer

I was beyond sympathetic (outraged, maybe) till I got to the part about the siblings at the school who could be at risk.


47 posted on 10/20/2012 3:58:02 PM PDT by EDINVA (I)
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To: Melas; wideminded
The kid has a single copy of the CF gene. He does not have CF, he will never get CF.

He is no more a human petri dish that any other kid in his school.

Less so than any of the recent arrivals from third world countries who are welcomed with open arms at the same school, and certainly less so that the two kids at the same school who actually DO have CF.

The sweat test is a routine screen for children whose parents are both known have the CF gene. He passed.

When you read the article, did you happen to see the part where it mentions that "1 in 25 people are carriers".

For those of you in Rio Linda that means that the odds are pretty darned good that in any random classroom of 30 or so students there is already a kid with one CF gene.

Yet he's too "dirty" to go to this school? Why?

And why is he clean enough to go to another school 3 miles away?

What's so "special" about the two siblings at Jordan school that ACTUALLY HAVE CF and by your reasoning are little, filthy, living, breathing, coughing petri dishes full of "everything from staph to strep, and it doesn’t stop with bacteria. Fungal infections also plague" that they get to stay, while the healthy kid has to go infect some other school?

(So I deliberately edited your words to imply you said that CF sufferers could have plague. Sue me.)

48 posted on 10/20/2012 4:08:42 PM PDT by null and void (Day 1369 of our ObamaVacation from reality - Obama, a queer and present danger)
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To: EDINVA

The article said it was from a gene. You don’t “catch” cystic fibrosis from a gene.


49 posted on 10/20/2012 4:50:50 PM PDT by SkyDancer (Live your life in such a way that the Westboro church shows up at your funeral)
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To: SkyDancer

From the article: “... bacteria from the disease can be dangerous to others who have it as well, and non-siblings are advised to stay 3 to 6 feet away from each other,..”

So, if this child gets near the 2 siblings in his school who have CF, THEY are in serious trouble. The school would be charged with making sure they all keep their distance. Or possibly not travel within the same parts of the school so as to be exposed to each other’s germs.

Kids passing germs is endless. The 2 other students could not be assured they would not be exposed to Colman.

I’ve lived a similar situation to this, with a child having to be isolated. It’s tough but the 2 vulnerable children have to be protected.


50 posted on 10/20/2012 4:59:59 PM PDT by EDINVA (I)
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