"Just look at the number of teenage pregnancies, and look at STD rates of high school students," says Samuel. "You can look at the statistics for each district and it's not hard to figure out who's doing a good job and who isn't."

Change, however, could be slow coming, even after the recent events at Normandy High School.

"This is a real issue that kids need information about," says Miller. "But if a school has neglected to do that so far, maybe they'll just keep burying their heads in the sand."

Clinic directors Kim Donica and Regina Whittington have fielded many calls from schools seeking information on HIV/AIDS.
Jennifer Silverberg
Clinic directors Kim Donica and Regina Whittington have fielded many calls from schools seeking information on HIV/AIDS.

Correction published 11/12/08: In the original version of this story, we incorrectly stated that the St. Louis County Department of Health had traced the origin of a local HIV case to Normandy High School and that at least one student at the school had tested positive for the virus. In actuality, the health department's investigation into an unspecified HIV case led officials to Normandy High. The above version of the story reflects the corrected text.

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