The Post's portrayal of Betty Malone {Metro, Feb. 25}, the Fairfax County woman who took her children out of a public school because a child enrolled there tested positive for the AIDS virus, was most disheartening. Because of the medical community's prediction that the AIDS virus will be with us for some time to come, it is necessary to learn to coexist safely with those afflicted with the disease. How sad that Betty Malone chooses to teach her children to fear and avoid victims, instead of teaching them tolerance and concern. Three cheers for all the parents at that same school who refused to succumb to the fear and hysteria of the uneducated and intolerant.

STEPHANIE C. HOLMES Reston

In justifying her fight to bar a child with AIDS from Riverside Elementary School, Betty Malone attempts to quote scripture: "The Bible teaches us, 'Suffer ye not your little children.' " Mrs. Malone might be interested to learn that the Bible contains no such quote. The passage she is groping for in fact supports the other side of the debate: "But Jesus said, Suffer {that is, permit} little children, and forbid them not, to come unto me; for of such is the kingdom of heaven" (Matthew 19:14).

ROSEMARY REGAN Bethesda