Parents Say Their Child Was Kicked Out Of School Because Of DNA Test

| by Michael Allen

Colman Chadam was reportedly told to leave a middle school in Palo Alto, California, on Oct. 10, 2012, because a DNA test showed that he had genetic markers for cystic fibrosis.

The sixth grader didn't actually have the inherited lung disease, but two other kids (siblings) at his school did, notes Wired. People with cystic fibrosis are at risk being around each other because they can catch contagious infections.

There is no guarantee that the boy will ever develop cystic fibrosis, but his parents, James and Jennifer Chadam, disclosed his medical information on a form when enrolling him in school.

The Chadams are suing the Palo Alto Unified School District for genetic discrimination because they believe the school district attempted to transfer their son to another school based on his DNA test.

The boy's parents believe this violated the Americans With Disabilities Act, and that their child's First Amendment rights were violated after his medical information was shared.

According to the Chadams' lawsuit, their son's test info was passed on to teachers who passed it on to the parents of the siblings who were diagnosed with cystic fibrosis. The parents of those kids allegedly demanded that the Chadams' son be taken out of the school.

The Chadams, who have since moved away from Palo Alto, sued the school district back in 2013, but their case was thrown out of a federal court, reports Buzzfeed News.

In January, the family appealed their case to the U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. The Chadams have received written statements of support from the U.S. Departments of Justice and Education.

The Palo Alto Unified School District would not comment to Buzzfeed News about the situation.

Sources: Wired, Buzzfeed News / Photo Credit: U.S. Customs and Border Protection/Wikimedia

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