County Schools Didn't Give Her Herpes

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

It sounds like Brandy Madden may very well have a beef with the county school system. 

That being said, one part in particular of the damages she seeks is especially disturbing, and to be blunt makes me suspicious of her claim in its entirety. Among other compensatory damages she seeks she asks for "all medical expenses past and future."

Regardless of whether or not her accusations are true, the school is in no way responsible for "all medical expenses past and future."  It is morally wrong,and quite frankly disgusting, to demand the county pay for all past and future medical expenses when those expenses would have been incurred even if this had never happened.  If she wants them to pay for anything that was a direct result of the incident, that's understandable, but demanding past and future expenses be paid is despicable-the school did not give her daughter herpes.  

If someone strip-searches me because I have diabetes, I don't then go and demand they pay for my Type 1 Diabetes medical expenses that I paid for years earlier, nor do I expect them to pay for future Diabetes-related expenses. After all, the strip-search didn't cause me to get Diabetes, just as the school nurse's actions didn't cause Brandy Madden's daughter to get herpes.  

Shame on Brandy Madden for trying to exploit this situation into getting carte blanche for expenses incurred in the past as well as the already-inevitable expenses in the future. I hope you're proud.

Jim Dothard



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