Public Health

Boy Ordered to Change Schools for Carrying Cystic Fibrosis Gene

Could present to risk with another student who has the disease

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A California middle school has asked that an 11-year-old boy be transferred elsewhere because he carries a mutation of the gene for cystic fibrosis, a life-threatening genetic disease that is not considered contagious.  His parents say they will take the issue to court.

School administrators told 11-year-old Colman Chadam he needed to transfer from Jordan Middle School in Palo Alto, Calif., because he was considered a risk to another student at the school who has the disease, the San Francisco Chronicle reported.

"Based on the advice of medical experts, this is the zero risk option, and most certainly helps our District deliver on its commitment to provide safe learning environments," Charles Young, associate superintendent of education service at the Palo Alto Unified School District, said in a written statement to ABC News.