Cahokia School District reminds students of available HIV testin -

Cahokia School District reminds students of available HIV testing in wake of staffer arrest

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By Sarah Heath By Sarah Heath

( -- Parents in the Cahokia School District received messages at home Tuesday reminding them HIV testing is made available to students.

This came after Mario Hunt was charged with sex abuse of a student when he knew he was HIV positive.

To view the memo Cahokia School officials sent home with students and staff, click here.

Hunt was a teacher’s aide and athletic trainer at the high school in Cahokia.

Superintendent Art Ryan says he’s putting a message up on the district’s website with information about HIV and the testing that’s available at the East Side Health District which has a clinic on the high school campus.

Police say Hunt was charged after a student told detectives he was abused last year during the spring semester.  Detectives say they encouraged the student to get tested.

The school district says it is first reaching out to parents and will later remind students confidential testing is available.

“They can contact the school nurse to do that or they can go to the health district themselves,” said Ryan. “You know either situation is fine depending on what they’re more comfortable with. And you know, again, it’s all confidential. It’s all between just them and the health district.”

Hunt had worked in the district since the 2007/2008 school year. He most recently helped chaperon a trip to make college visits with students from other area districts.

As of Tuesday, detectives say no one else has come forward with any new accusations.

Cahokia School released a memo that was sent home with students, faculty and staff in regards to this incident.  Click here to read the letter in its entirety.  

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