A 13-year-old boy who applied to a Hershey, Pa., boarding school told ABC News that it never crossed his mind he would be denied entry because he was HIV-positive.
"I thought I would get into the school, because of the type of student and person I am," he told ABC News in a written interview through his lawyer.
As a result of the school's decision, he added, "my life has turned into fear, anger, confusion and tears."
The school said today that its residential setting and the risk of sexual activity made the teen too much of a "threat."
The AIDS Law Project has filed suit on behalf of the boy, whose name is being withheld because of his age, on Wednesday in Philadelphia District Court, alleging that the Milton Hershey School violated the Americans with Disabilities Act, which includes HIV in its scope.