by Bob Branco
The other evening while listening to a national talk show, I heard a rather disturbing story about a school teacher in Ohio. Apparently, one of her students was out of control, so she recommended to his parents that he receive behavior medication. The parents, who know their kid better than anybody else, told the teacher that he didn’t need to be medicated. As a result of the parents’ refusal to follow the teacher’s recommendation, their son was taken away from them by Child Protective Services. So here we go again. Government is interfering with our lives.
I have no problem with this particular teacher suggesting medication for her student, but it’s just an opinion. She is not a doctor or psychologist. She has no business interfering with parental rights unless she has concrete proof that something wrong is going on in the home. Unless I hear otherwise, I will assume that these parents are well-informed about these situations and know what they’re doing for their son. However, as a result of Big Brother stepping in, the child is now a ward of a protective agency.
When will Government stop running our lives, and what caused this trend in the first place? In other words, when did Government stop trusting how the average citizen functions in our society no matter what the circumstances are? We could be talking about behavior in school, the food we eat, what we smoke and drink, etc. It doesn’t matter. It’s all the same concept.
There are times when some children need medication, but I believe that the suggestion to medicate is completely out of control. If teachers continue to insist on medicating their students, and if enough parents fight these recommendations, Government agencies who protect children won’t know where to put all these kids that they are so willing to displace from their homes.
There are many reasons why kids misbehave in class. It doesn’t always mean that they need a pill shoved in their mouth or a needle stuck in their arm. It’s quite possible that some of these kids are simply unruly.
About the Author
Bob Branco resides in New Bedford, Massachusetts, and is a self-published author of four books. He is a community organizer, tutors persons with visual impairments, and has written columns for local and international organizations. Bob’s web site is www.dvorkin.com/robertbranco/.