Sunday, August 10, 2008

Is Your Child a Target in Today’s Education System?

Is resistance futile? That’s the question concerned parents across the country are asking with the rollout of a seemingly beneficial program called TeenScreen.

If you are not up on the latest way to "help" our young people, this is it in a nutshell. TeenScreen is a program developed by Columbia University’s Child Psychiatry Research Department. Their goal is to screen every school-aged child before graduation for suicide and "mental disorders" using a computer survey and then recommending those that are considered "at risk" for "treatment."

The Truth Behind TeenScreen
What TeenScreen really is, is a very controversial, unworkable, and unscientific suicide screening program developed by psychiatrist David Shaffer. It is obvious that psychiatric drug manufacturers are very interested in this program because it will funnel more customers to them - our children.

Shaffer himself admits that TeenScreen identifies "a whole bunch of kids who aren’t really suicidal, so you get a lot of false-positives." This means that a whole bunch of kids with nothing at all wrong with them, will be interrogated by mental health clinicians to find out what's "wrong".

TeenScreen's goal is to screen every child in the United States before they graduate from high school. The pharmaceutical companies love this, because it mean thousands and thousands of more kids on psychiatric drugs (the ones with the FDA Black Box warnings) and labeled for life with a "mental illness."

How Kids are Tested, Labeled and Drugged
A simple test is given to students and the results are scored using a screening checklist based on "symptoms", to determine what "disorders" the student is manifesting. These symptoms are the sole basis for any diagnosis of mental disease. The screening questions are specifically geared to match criteria from the American Psychiatric Association's Diagnostic and Statistical Manual, Fourth edition (DSM- IV), a manual that comprises all the "symptoms of and treatments for 297 mental diseases" that were voted into existence by the American Psychiatric Association.

Strong evidence suggests that the intended treatment for those so labeled is psychiatric drugging, using antidepressants and mood-altering drugs such as Ritalin, Xanax, Celexa, Paxil, Zoloft, Prozac, Thorazine, Luvox and other similar drugs which are known by the FDA (and the pharmaceutical companies) to cause depression, violence, suicide and homicide. Kids involved in the horrific shool shooting were found to be prescribed and taking these types of drugs.

In a recent survey of child psychiatrists it was discovered that 9 out of 10 children in their care were on at least one of these or similar drugs. Despite the recent FDA "black box" warnings, it is not unusual for a child to be put on two or more psychotropic antidepressant drugs — drugs that the FDA says can trigger suicidal thoughts. Do you want your child to be on these drugs with their potentially deadly side-effects?

What is the reason for these psychiatric screenings? The psychiatrists will say it's to prevent teen suicide and violence. Look at the questions being asked and see if you think it serves that purpose. Also look at what will happen to your child once someone reviews your child's answers. How would you fare on the test?

You could probably find out what your teen is thinking by talking with them. You say they won't talk? Try going away to someplace away from the city and people and cell phones for a weekend, just you and them and acknowledge who they are and listen to them. Be interested in them, not in shaping their behaviour, just in knowing who they are. Listen, do not advise, or correct, or disapprove, just listen and let them know that they were heard.

It is important to know that the teens who commit mass murders are teens who were placed on psychiatric drug before they had the desire and means to kill. The side effect of the mental drug was homicidal tendencies. These drugs do more harm than good.

TeenScreen Violates Federal Law by Using "Passive Consent" on Parental Consent Forms
TeenScreen is very tight-lipped on the screening materials and the questions they ask students. Why is this? This is actually against the law called the Protection of Pupil Rights Amendment.

The Protection of Pupil Rights Amendment
Parents need to know this Federal law exists (commonly referred to as PPRA). It says you have a right to inspect those questions and materials before consenting to any screening of your child and that this screening requires written parental consent. Even so, in a TeenScreen newsletter they discuss making screening a matter of the schools curriculum as a method to bypass this law and use passive consent instead. This is a purposeful method of avoiding parental complaints against their children receiving highly controversial and potentially dangerous psychiatric testing and drugging.

Watch Out for "passive consent"
In some areas, TeenScreen currently uses what they call "passive consent" or "opt-out consent", which requires no written parental approval to screen their child. Instead, a passive consent form is sent home to parents with the child and if they don't return it, signed by their parents, TeenScreen considers that the parents approve. But what if a parent never sees the form? What if the child never delivers it?

Leslie McGuire, TeenScreen’s Co-Director, says: "Unless we hear from you that we can't screen your child we assume we have your permission and we're gonna' screen them." TeenScreen officials discovered that using (illegal) passive consent boosted the number of teens to be tested from 50% to over 95%.

Is Resistance Futile?
The answer is a resounding NO. But it is clear the "game is afoot" and "tag - you’re it" is the game being played on an unsuspecting public.

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