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IU Kokomo faculty to talk about life of Ryan White

– Two retired Indiana University faculty members who’ve researched a school district’s decision to bar an Indiana teenage with AIDS from attending classes during the AIDS scare of the 1980s are holding a public seminar on their findings.

IU-Kokomo professor emeritus of history Allen Safianow tells the Kokomo Tribune that he and Judy Lausch, a retired IU-Kokomo public health nurse, will talk Tuesday about how Ryan White’s story continues to resonate.

School officials barred the 13-year-old boy from Western Middle School near Kokomo in 1984 in a case that attracted international headlines. The state Department of Education eventually ruled that White could attend school and he attended a high school in Hamilton County near Indianapolis after his family moved.

White died in 1990 at age 18.


Information from: Kokomo Tribune.