Published June 01, 2011
ALEXANDRIA, La. – The U.S. Justice Department says a private school in Alexandria has settled a complaint alleging that it refused to admit a 6-year-old girl who has diabetes because her parents asked the school to supervise her glucose tests and insulin pump.
A news release Wednesday said Alexandria Country Day School agreed not to discriminate against diabetics and to ensure diabetic students have an equal chance to attend and participate in all programs and activities.
Thomas Perez, head of the justice department's Civil Rights Division, says he applauds the school and hopes the agreement reminds other private schools that the Americans with Disabilities Act bars discrimination by private schools because of disability.
School officials could not immediately be reached for comment.