Mother of bullied teen with AIDS speaks at Children’s Museum

Ryan White (WISH Photo)

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — A mother who knows the painful effects of bullying is speaking at the Children’s Museum of Indianapolis for the next couple of days.

Jeanne White Ginder and her family endured harassment after her teenage son Ryan White was diagnosed with AIDS in the early 1980’s.

Ryan White (WISH Photo)
Ryan White (WISH Photo)

Ryan contracted the virus during a tainted blood transfusion.

Soon after that, some fought in Ryan’s hometown to keep him from attending school because they were afraid of his illness.

Ryan eventually won his battle to attend school, but he would later die in 1990.

Ginder believes Ryan’s story can impact students and adults.

She is back at the Children’s Museum on Monday and Tuesday from 11 a.m to 3 p.m. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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