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 school."69