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An Indiana high school is being sued for subjecting a 15-year-old student to mental health testing without her parents' consent. Michael and Teresa Rhoades allege that their constitutional rights were violated when their daughter Chelsea was given a "TeenScreen" mental health exam at Penn High School in Mishawaka, without their knowledge or consent.
After Chelsea completed the examination, a Madison Center employee escorted her into a private hallway, and she was told, largely based on her responses, that she liked to clean and didn't like to party very much, that she suffered from at least two mental health problems -- obsessive-compulsive disorder and social anxiety disorder.
The teenager was also advised that, if her condition grew worse, her mother should bring her to the Madison Center for treatment. According to Chelsea, most of the students subjected to the exam were also told that they were suffering from some kind of mental or social "disorder." Chelsea's parents were not informed about the screening exam until after it had already taken place, when Chelsea discussed her "diagnosis" with them.
Originally posted by Rouschkateer
without backing up your statements.
Many parents have discovered that refusing to drug their children may be met with child abuse or neglect charges and the loss of their parental rights.
Originally posted by Mystery_Lady
About Mental Health Screenings: HSLDA is Home School Legal Defense Assoication run by a lawyers
Summary, background, concern, and current status
Congress Fails to Protect Parental Rights in Mental Health Screening Programs
If kids schools were not allowed to force the parents to medicate their children, then why would Bush have to sing a bill probhibiting shcools to do so?
Bush Signs Legislation Prohibiting Forced Medication of Children
President Bush has signed into law landmark legislation which bans schools from requiring parents to drug children for classroom or behavioral problems. Educational authorities can no longer require a child to obtain a prescription for a Controlled Substances as a condition of attending school, receiving an evaluation or receiving services.
Forced Chemotherapy, Drugging and Vaccination of Children - Murder by Court Order
This site is being continuously updated so check in often to see what's new --- Last update 7/14/2005
Drugging Our Kids
All youngsters in a school, with parental consent, are given a computer-based questionnaire that screens them for mental illnesses and suicide risk.
Working with parents, local providers, and local agencies to support screening, assessment, and early intervention;
Since the IDEA requires that a variety of professionals collaborate in the school and in the community, the Commission urges that coordinating services be regarded as a "related service" in the child's Individual Education Plan (IEP). In developing the IEP, there should be a stronger family focus and youth involvement and support.