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Opposition Group Raises Needed Funds For Bond

March 3, 1986

KOKOMO, Ind. (AP) _ A parents’ group fighting Ryan White’s return to school has raised the $12,000 needed for a bond to continue a legal battle to keep the young AIDS victim away from their children.

Concerned Citizens and Parents of Western Middle School raised at least $7,000 at an auction Sunday at the school’s gymnasium, and received $5,000 through a door-to-door campaign, bake sales and other fund-raisers last week.

Circuit Judge Alan Brubaker had ordered the parents, who requested a temporary restraining order to keep the 14-year-old boy out of school, to post the bond to cover damages and legal expenses incurred by Ryan and his family if the case is eventually dissolved.

Ryan, who contracted acquired immune deficiency syndrome through blood treatments for his hemophilia, returned to his seventh-grade classes Feb. 21 after a county health officer ruled his condition posed no threat to others. That day Brubaker granted parents a temporary restraining order keeping Ryan out of further classes.

Ryan had been out of school since December 1984, when his case of AIDS was diagnosed, but he and his family had been fighting school officials since the start of the school year to get him readmitted. The boy has been monitoring classes by telephone until he can attend school again.

Brubaker scheduled a March 11 hearing to hear further testimony on the restraining order.

Items auctioned off Sunday had been donated by local residents and businesses and ranged from antiques and appliances to bicycles.

″They’re great,″ the group’s chairwoman, Mitzie Johnson, said of buyers at the auction. ″We’ve got people from all over the place here. We’ve got a lot of supporters.″

Mrs. Johnson said any money in excess of the $12,000 would go toward the group’s legal expenses and AIDS research.

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