Coercion in the Schools
Teachers, who attempt to coerce parents into accepting psychiatric
diagnoses for their child's behavioral or learning problems, and insist that
the child take a psychiatric drug, are exceeding their scope of work. Such
teachers have been prejudiced by psychiatric and psychological training
propaganda that preaches academic failure is a mental disability.
Jennifer L. Wood, Chief Legal Counsel for the Rhode Island Department of
Education, states that the federal Individuals with Disabilities in Education
Act (IDEA) "prohibits school personnel from making a decision about a
child's educational services without the consent of the child's parent(s).
School personnel must refrain from making statements that may be construed as
offering medical advice, or making a medical decision, such as 'Your child
should be taking medication,' or 'I've seen many students like your child and
based on that experience your child should be on medication.'
"The decision to place a child on medication is reserved to the
family and must be made in consultation with licensed medical personnel. Under
Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with
Disabilities Act, a child cannot be discriminated against in school due to a
disability or perceived disability. Thus, it is not lawful for school personnel
to require that a child continue or initiate a course of taking medication as a
condition of attending school. School personnel cannot require, suggest or
imply that a student take medication as a condition of attending