Plan for Glass Booth Shattered

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Eliana Martinez, a 7-year-old aids victim, has begun classes at a Florida school with no unusual restrictions.

The girl, who is mentally retarded and not completely toilet trained, drew national attention last summer when a federal judge ruled that she could attend classes only if confined within a glass booth, in order to prevent any possibility of transmitting the infection to other students.

In December, however, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit overturned that decision, declaring that aids victims could be excluded only if they posed a proven risk to other students.

As a result, U.S. District Judge Elizabeth Kovochevich ruled last month that Eliana could enter the Manhattan Elementary School for Exceptional Students in Tampa.

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