As though having a genetic mutation is not enough to worry about, 11-year-old Colman Chadam with cystic fibrosis and his family are dealing with the recent event of his school forcing him out.
According to SF Gate, 11-year-old Colman Chadam with cystic fibrosis was forced out of his current school due to his genetic mutation. Chadam recently started going to school at Palo Alto’s Jordan Middle School until school officials came to the conclusion that his genetic makeup may be a health risk to some of its other students and ordered that he be moved to another district middle school three miles away.
Although Chadam does indeed carry the genetic mutation of cystic fibrosis, his doctor and parents say he does not actually carry the disease and only made the disclosure about his condition on a medical disclosure form when he began the school year for cautionary purposes. However, due to that disclosure, the district made the decision that Colman would need to change schools seven weeks into the year because of other students who have the disease.
Both of Chadams parents went to the school to try and explain that Chadam does not have classic cystic fibrosis, ensuring that he is not a health risk. However, on Wednesday, his teachers pulled Colman aside to say goodbye to his friends. Mom Jennifer Chadam was shocked by the decision, “They made this decision without seeing one medical record on my son.”
The Chadam family is not taking this act lightly as they took the issue to court on Friday in order to try and keep their son from having to transfer to a different school. While no decisions were made at that time, a hearing is scheduled that will decide if Chadam should be moved.
It should be noted that cystic fibrosis is not a contagious disease, but the bacteria that those with cystic fibrosis have can be dangerous to people with the same disease.
photo by Michael Short
11-Year-Old Colman Chadam with Cystic Fibrosis Forced Out of School.