If This Doesn’t Scare You Nothing Will


 

This article was posted on a facebook page I follow. According to the gentleman who posted it- this is currently happening in Texas. There are several things wrong with this law. One- what about the rights of the parents and the child. Compound that with the fact that teachers are not doctors, they are teachers. They have no clue as to the inner workings of a child’s mind. If this had been in place when I was in school they would have confined me fast because I think outside of the box, I am an artist, I am creative and I refuse to live by the boundaries of what is considered “the norm”. The Norm is relative.

Teachers should never be given that much authority. It is a slippery slope and one that can not only stiffle a child’s mind- but it runs the risk of putting labels on children- it also puts a target on their back as they grow older. Granted there are some children who cannot be controlled. That being said this is a slippery slope that we are taking. Once that genie is out of the bottle it cannot be put back in.

Teachers are taught to teach not analyze they do not have the credentials, the time or the know how to diagnose a child

 

 

http://thefreethoughtproject.com/bill-teachers-diagnose-psychological-issues-children-report-police/

Dallas, Texas – Texas State Representative Jason Villalba (R-Dallas) is once again in the spotlight after submitting yet another Orwellian proposal, H.B. 985.

Villalba first raised the ire of civil libertarians by proposing a bill, H.B. 2006, which would have eliminated the religious exemption for vaccination, essentially creating a forced government vaccination program without exception.

More recently, Villalba was thrust into the national spotlight when he proposed H.B. 2918, which would usurp citizens of the ability to hold law enforcement accountable for their actions. The bill would negate the people’s ability to create an accurate and impartial record of police interactions by restricting citizens from filming within 25 feet of an officer.

Now with H.B. 985, Villalba intends to give school officials the authority to force psychological screenings of students that teachers and staff diagnose as having mental health issues.

Once the process is set in motion by school officials, parents would be forced to take their child to a mental health professional within 30 days, under threat of suspension of the child from school.

“ …the requirement that the parent or guardian, before the expiration of the 30-day period, to avoid suspension of the student under this section, take the student to the nearest local mental health authority or a physician specializing in psychiatry to receive a mental health screening and a certificate of medical examination for mental illness, as described by Section 533.03522(c), Health and Safety Code, that contains the examining physician’s opinion that the student is not a danger to self or others.”

While under suspension the child would still receive an education, but they would be sent to an “alternative school.”

School administrators would be required under the law to provide the student’s name, address, and information regarding the complaint to the local mental health authorities and the police department upon verification of the complaint.

(i) A school counselor or a principal who receives notice
under. Subsection (b) about a student who subsequently is subject to
a notice of intent to suspend under Subsection (g) shall:
(1) provide the student’s name and address and
information concerning the conduct or statement that led to the
notice of intent to suspend to:
(A) the school district police department, if the
school counselor or principal is employed by a school district and
the district has a police department;
(B) the police department of the municipality in
which the school is located or, if the school is not in a
municipality, the sheriff of the county in which the school is
located; and
(C) the local mental health authority nearest the
school;

Teachers have enough on their academic plates without them being forced to become armchair psychologists in the classroom.

Also, it is highly inappropriate and dangerous for unqualified teachers to play the role of child psychiatrists. Unless they’ve had special training and are certified to diagnose the disorders, it can also be illegal.

We are already witnessing the damage caused by parents believing teachers who think that every child who acts out in their classroom has ADHD. It’s called The Ritalin Explosion.

The idea that students’ personal information would be submitted to mental health facilities and police departments for complaints initiated and investigated by only school officials also causes serious concern.

Is it really necessary to criminalize kids based upon a teacher’s unprofessional assessment of a kids mental health? And what about the student that is mentally healthy, but simply defiant?

Perhaps rather than attempting to legislate away this perceived problem by criminalizing “problem” children, there is a better way. Villalba would have been better served by using his position to help create a program to build sustainable bridges of communication between parents and administrators that assist in identifying and combating mental health problems in students.

Instead, like so many tyrants before him, Villalba tries to solve complex problems using the force of the state.

h/t BrettSanders.me


Jay Syrmopoulos is an investigative journalist, freethinker, researcher, and ardent opponent of authoritarianism. He is currently a graduate student at University of Denver pursuing a masters in Global Affairs. Jay’s work has previously been published on BenSwann.com and WeAreChange.org. You can follow him on Twitter @sirmetropolis, on Facebook at Sir Metropolis and now on tsu.
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Background:  The eldest of five children, Yvonne was born May 17, 1951 in Atlanta, Georgia. Raised in East Point, Georgia, she moved to Jackson County, Ga. until 2006 then moved to Port St. Lucie, Florida where she currently makes her home.  Licensed bounty hunter for the state of Georgia. Education:  After a 34 year absence, returned to college in 2004. Graduated with honors in Criminal Justice with an Associate’s degree from Lanier Technical College in 2006. Awards:  Nominated for the prestigious GOAL award in 2005 which encompasses all of the technical colleges. This award is based not only on excellence in academics but also leadership, positive attitude and the willingness to excel in one’s major. Affiliations:  Beta Sigma Phi Sorority  Member of The Florida Writer’s Association – Group Leader for St Lucie County The Dream:  Since learning to write at the age of five, Yvonne has wanted to be an author. She wrote her first novel Stan’s Story beginning in 1974 and completed it in 2006. Publication seemed impossible as rejections grew to 10 years. Determined, she continued adding to the story until her dream came true in 2006. The Inspiration:  Yvonne’s brother Stan has been her inspiration and hero in every facet of her life. He was stricken with Encephalitis at the tender age of nine months. He has defied every roadblock placed in his way and has been the driving force in every one of her accomplishments. He is the one who taught her never to give up The Author: Yvonne is currently the author of several novels, including:  Stan’s Story- the true story of her brother’s accomplishments, it has been compared to the style of Capote, and is currently being rewritten with new information for re-release.  Tangled Minds - a riveting story about a young girl’s bad decision and how it taints everyone’s life around her yet still manages to show that hope is always possible. This novel has been compared to the writing of Steinbeck and is currently being written as a screenplay. This novel will be re-released by Kerlak Publishing in 2009  Brilliant Insanity – released by Kerlak Publishing October 2008  Silent Scream – Released by Lulu.com October 2008- Slated to be made into a movie Yvonne’s Philosophy in Life - “Pay it Forward”: “In this life we all have been helped by others to attain our dreams and goals. We cannot pay it back but what we can do is ‘pay it forward’. It is a simple
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4 Responses to If This Doesn’t Scare You Nothing Will

  1. MADELEINE MARIANI says:

    WAAAAAAAAAAAAY BEYOND 1984. WRITE TO THE GOVERNORS AND THE ATORNEY GENERALS OFFICE …IN EVERY STATE …….SOMEONE LIKE NY AG ERIC SCHNEIDERMAN WHO NEVER APPEARS TO HAVE THE STRENGTH TO REPLY TO COMPLAINTS UNLESS YOU ARE VERY RICH………….BUT SAPS UP THE TAX PAYERS MONEY ANYWAY. THE NY GOV. CUOMO DOES THE SAME THING. FLOOD THEM WITH PHONE CALLS, FAXES AND LETTERS ANYWAY……..DON’T FORGET THE NEWSPAPERS AND THE NEWS STATIONS. THE GOVERNMENT DOES NOT SEEM TO CARE.

    Date: Wed, 25 Mar 2015 16:18:33 +0000 To: vintagedustyrose@hotmail.com

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  2. Oh, my gosh. It’s not like I’m surprised, of course, but note the phrase at 1., ” The school shall receive . . . mental health certificate for the student” . . . or else suspended! Getting money for the same diversionary juvenile detention Kids for Cash Centers where the “CPS Cluster Court”/family/adoption/tpr court bribed judge Lisa Millard ($20,000 judicial campaign/land lease donation) in Harris County in Houston ,TX in the 310th Court. Millard is a Chairperson on the Board for the juvenile justice detention or diversionary facility and program across the courtyard from he/r court in Houston. Wow! Holy corruption and Kids for Cash scandal. I knew it! I totally called it.

    There is a reason Child Advocates, Inc. were noticed for the final three hearings and trial all crammed into one day for which I weren’t noticed (by either father or CPS conspirators). She’s the one who ratified CPS kidnapping my son I raised alone without incident or injury, and converting him to the father and his new wife three years ago (no meaningful contact or phone calls ).

    I bet they’re getting ready to help the “mental health deputies” fill-up all those “mental health or personality trait and characterization” paddy wagons for the counties, cities, police, and sheriffs they have had roaming the streets for unmarried (wo)man and adorable, adoptable children with their “crisis intervention” “collaborative,” “com munity partner/stakeholder in your child) “CIT” or “CAT”/Crisis Intervention Training or Teams (heavily funded of course and laden with more misogynistic training that presumes all women and children are liars though the social workers coached the child in the first place at “Daddy’s”) Jail or adoption with criminal time for the mom. Watch. Every single case, save for of course the “oldie, but goodie,” their favorite discrediting “commissioning” arts.

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