What to do if the school board says:
"you have to put your ADD child on drugs."
- Get them to put it in writing and sign it. (They are
prescribing drugs without a license.) Do not be
intimidated by the school board, and always remember that
they work for you. Treat them as "your"
employee and hold them accountable. They do not know what
is best for your child, you do. You are the parent.
Parents raise kids. School boards only run schools.
- If they tell you "The law says if your child is
disruptive in class you have to put the child on Ritalin,"
ask them to show you the law in writing. The law will
usually say that if your child is physically endangering
other children, then you must seek medical help or
special classes. Remind them that medical help doesnt
always mean drugs.
- If they tell you to sign a release for your childs
medical records because its the law, again ask to
see the law in writing. You are the parent, you raise
kids, they are the school board, and they deal in
- Whenever you go before a review board or conference
regarding your child, record the meeting on a tape
recorder. Not hidden but in plain sight. Explain that you
cant take notes and you want to remember every word
they say. If they say the meeting is private and
confidential and cant be recorded, ask them to put
that in writing. Remember, confidentiality is your childs
right, not the school boards. You never need to be
in a closed-door session regarding your children.
- According to every book on the market, ADD/ADHD children
usually have a higher I.Q. than most normal school
children, so ask them why they have such a hard time
teaching the smartest kids in school.
- Ask the board if they are aware that if your child takes
Ritalin past the age of 12, according to the 1999
Military Recruitment Manual, that child may not join the
Army, Air Force, Navy or Marines untill after a doctor
has signed a paper stating that the person has been off
Ritalin for four years. Because the child is a class 2
- Ask the board if they were aware that if your child uses
Ritalin, the State or Federal Government could not hire
him or her if the job involves state secrets or national
security, because your child is a class 2 drug user. (They
can run for office, but they cant be hired.)
- Ask the board if they were aware that if your child uses
Ritalin, some insurance companies will turn down that
child, or even your entire family, for being a class 2
drug user. Others will raise your rates and write in a
pre-existing condition clause, excluding some coverage
for your child.
- Ask the board how much money they get if your child goes
on Ritalin and has to attend the special education class
for learning disabilities. If they say they dont
know, tell them to go find out because someone turns in
those forms every month. Check under the Individual
Development Education Assistance Act of 1985. The
government allotted over $2 billion for this program.
- Ask what percentage of kids in this school district are
on Ritalin. (Anything over 5% is suspicious.)
- Ask if they know that according to the DEA, Ritalin is
the number 2 drug illegally sold on the playground. (Kids
grind it up and snort it, which according to doctors is
worse than cocaine because Ritalin is made to be taken
orally and will destroy the nasal passages.)
- Ask if they know why the side effects of Ritalin and
Cocaine are almost identical. (Its because the two
are almost identical in chemical compounds.)
Throw some fact their way such.....
Testimony of Bruce Wiseman -
Presented to The Pennsylvania House Democratic Policy Committee - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, July 20,1999
Bruce Wiseman is National President of
the Citizens Commission on Human Rights (CCHR) and opposes the
use of psychiatric medications.
These graphs show the alarming increase in the production of
Ritalin from 1985 to 1995 as well as the number of ADD/ADHD
diagnoses from 1988 to 1997. Bearing these in mind, consider the
events of the last two years alone:
1. On May 25, 1997 18-year-old Jeremy Strohmeyer raped and
murdered a 7-year-old African American girl in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Strohmeyer had been diagnosed with ADD and prescribed Dexedrine,
a Ritalin-like drug, immediately prior to the killing.
2. On October 1st, 1997, in Pearl Mississippi, 16-year-old
Luke Woodham stabbed his mother--50-year-old Mary Woodham--to
death and then went to his high school where he shot nine people
killing two teenage girls and wounding seven others. Published
reports say he was on Prozac.
3. Exactly two months later on Dec 1, 1997, Michael Carneal, a
14-year-old opened fire on students at a high school prayer
meeting in West Paducah, Kentucky. Three teenagers were killed,
five others were wounded, one of whom was paralyzed. Carneal was
reportedly on Ritalin.
4. Then in February, 1998 a young man in Huntsville, Alabama
on Ritalin went psychotic chopping up his parents with an ax and
also killing one sibling and almost murdering another.
5. On March 24, 1998 in Jonesboro, Arkansas, 11-year-old
Andrew Golden and 14-year-old Mitchell Johnson shot 15 people
killing four students, one teacher, and wounding 10 others.
According to one report, the boys were believed to be on Ritalin.
6. Two months later another grisly school massacre occurred.
On May 21, 1998 15-year-old Kip Kinkel of Springfield, Oregon
murdered his parents and proceeded to his high school where he
went on a rampage killing two students and wounding 22 others.
Kinkel had been prescribed both Prozac and Ritalin.
7. On April 16th, 1999, 15-year-old Shawn Cooper of Notus,
Idaho took a 12-guage shot gun to school and started firing,
injuring one student and holding the school hostage for about 20
minutes. Terrified students ran for their lives, some barricading
themselves in classrooms. Cooper had been taking Ritalin when he
fired the shotgun's rounds.
8. The incident in Idaho did not make the national press (no
one, thank God, was killed). But all that changed four days later
when 18-year-old Eric Harris killed 12 students and a teacher at
Columbine High School before killing himself. Harris was on one
of the SSRI anti-depressants called Luvox.
9. One month later to the day, on May 20th of this year TJ
Solomon, a 15-year-old high school student in Conyers, Georgia on
Ritalin opened fire on and wounded six of his class mates.
Thankfully, none were killed.
10. Then there's 14-year-old Rod Mathews who had been
prescribed Ritalin since the third grade and beat a classmate to
death with a bat.19 And 19-year-old James Wilson who had been on
psychiatric drugs for 5 years and took a .22 caliber revolver
into an elementary school in Breenwood, South Carolina killing
two young girls, and wounding seven other children and two
11. Secondly, as also mentioned previously, testing revealed
that Eric Harris one of the dead suspects in the Columbine,
Colorado incident, had therapeutic levels of the anti-depressant
Luvox in his blood.
FOR IMMEDIATE HELP
Citizens Commission on Human Rights (www.cchr.org.au in Australia) - What should Someone do if they know of a Psychiatric Abuse?
If you believe your rights or the rights of someone you know have been violated by psychiatry, immediate action must be taken! The Citizens Commission on Human Rights (CCHR) stands ready to assist you. They do not give medical or legal advice but can help you in how and where to file a complaint against psychiatric abuse.
At this website you'll find; more details, a "Psychiatric Abuse Summary Information Form" you can email from anywhere in the world, a Tollfree (US only) "Psychiatric Crime Hotline," and a list of their 124 offices in 28 countries around the world to help you.
The Bazelon Center has published an 84-page report, Relinquishing Custody, The Tragic Result of Failure to Meet Children's Mental Health Needs, available from their bookstore.
The Bazelon Center and the Federation of Families for Children's Mental Health have produced a 32-page guide for family advocates, Staying Together: Preventing Custody Relinquishment for Children's Access to Mental Health Services, available on this site (see below).