Saturday, November 18, 2006

Eagle Forum of California - Sentinel

Newsletter here:
http://www.eagleforumofcalifornia.com/sentinel/200604xx.pdf page 5.

Eagle Forum of California - Sentinel
TeenScreen Hoover High School
Statement before Fresno Unified School District Board September 20, 2006

My name is Sharon Kientz and I am here to voice my opposition to the
implementation of TeenScreen at Hoover High School. I am a retired teacher,
a board member of Ablechild: [Parents for Label & Drug Free Education] and
of California Eagle Forum. I am also a trustee for Sierra Unified School
District and while I cannot speak officially for Sierra I believe it is my
duty as a board member to protect students in my district from the threat of
TeenScreen which is real considering our districts are in the same county.

[I am familiar with the pernicious effect of psychiatry in the public
schools having witnessed 12 years of biopsychiatric mistreatment (that means
drugs) of my grandson initiated by his first grade teacher. 21 years in a
kindergarten classroom and eight years as a school board member have
reinforced that conviction.]

[According to Ron Paul, Texas Congressman who is also a physician, the goal
of TeenScreen is to promote the patently false idea that we have a nation of
children with undiagnosed mental disorders crying out for treatment.]
TeenScreen is touted as a suicide prevention tool but it seems to be a
marketing scheme to label thousands of children with dubious psychiatric
disorders and drug them. It is controversial for many reasons including
violation of student privacy and parental rights, vague subjective labeling,
common referrals for dangerous and ineffective psychotropic drugs, and the
unethical connections of TeenScreen personnel with drug manufacturers [that
stand to make billions off of TeenScreen's success.] For 16 years Laurie
Flynn, the director of Teen-Screen, was head of the National Alliance for
the Mentally Ill which is a front group for the pharmaceutical companies
receiving millions of dollars annually from them.

[Modern psychiatry is based on a fraudulent theory that mental illnesses are
neurological impairments or chemical imbalances. The latest one to debunk
this theory is Steven Sharfstein, president of the American Psychiatric
Association, who admitted in a May 20, 2006, article on TeenScreen in the
National Journal, that "medical science has no biological or chemical tests
that can determine whether a person is depressed, suicidal, schizophrenic,
or afflicted with another mental problem. There is no laboratory test that
establishes a specific diagnosis."]

The TeenScreen (TS) questionnaire is based on the American Psychiatric
Association's Diagnostic and Statistical Manual which is totally subjective
and unscientific. [Diagnostic categories are made up by small committees in
a conference room, not in a scientific laboratory. The manual has grown from
112 mental disorders/ illnesses in its initial
1952 edition to 374 in the 1994 version.] TS employs a 10 minute
computerized selfadministered questionnaire which, [as the TS website
states,] can be "administered and scored by trained nonprofessionals."
This test purports to indicate a number of mental disorders including
suicide ideation, social phobia, generalized anxiety, depression, panic
disorder, and obsessive compulsive disorder.

The test is loaded for positive responses which means kids are labeled with
mental disorders for answering "yes" to questions that reflect normal
teenage feelings, thought and behaviors. [see attached list of questionnaire
samples] David Shaffer, the psychiatrist [with financial ties to Big Pharma
branching out in all directions,] who developed TS, admits that TS "does
identify a whole bunch of kids who aren't suicidal, so you get a lot of
false positives." About 84%.

Once a student is flagged, the next step is referral to a mental health
professional. [In a survey of recently trained psychiatrists reported in the
journal of the American Academy of Child Adolescent Psychiatry 2002,] 9 out
of 10 children walk out of a psychiatrist's office with a psychotropic drug
prescription. All of the antidepressants and antipsychotics carry FDA "Black
Box" warnings about suicidality. [Other adverse events are agitation,
hostility, mania and violence.] The psychostimulants also have heightened
FDA warnings, including Black Box, about suicidality, violence,
hallucinations and cardio-vascular problems. [ I testified before the FDA
ADHD Drug Hearing in March so I heard first-hand from FDA Safety Office
physicians. It is outrageous to give a depressed, suicidal child an
antidepressant which is known to cause suicidal thoughts and behavior. On
July 21, 2004, the Journal of the American Medical Association, reported
that children who were first starting treatment were 4 times more likely to
think about suicide and
38 times more likely to commit suicide and that children as young as five
had committed suicide while taking these drugs.]

[The SSRIs (antidepressants) have also been identified as playing a major
role in the previously unheard of acts of violence by school-age children
all over the country in recent years. Medical experts in the field say most
of the gun-related massacres over the past 15 years have one thing in
common, they were committed by children taking SSRIs.]

[Suicide is always an overwhelming tragedy for the family involved, my
family has been touched twice, but] it is a myth that there is an epidemic
of childhood suicides. According to the U.S. Center for Disease Control the
suicide rate among children, including teens, fell about 25 percent in the
last decade.

There is no evidence that screening for suicide risk reduces suicide
attempts or mortality. This was the conclusion of a [May 2004,] U.S.
Preventive Services Task Force report. The report also stated that there is
limited evidence on the accuracy of screening tools to identify suicide risk
and there is insufficient evidence that treatment of those at high risk
reduces suicide attempts or mortality.

I have looked at the screening results for the 265 Hoover High School 10th
graders who were screened last year and was incredulous at the figures. The
percentage of students with "positive diagnostic impressions" adds up to
100%! [(81% mental disorders & 19% drug and alcohol problems) which probably
indicates that many students were diagnosed with multiple disorders. Either
way the figure is appalling.] To what agency were those students who
survived the debriefing and interviewing process referred? How many of them
have been sucked into the psychiatric drug market?

I have given you a copy of the Stop TeenScreen Petition which has collected
11,000 signatures nationally. This petition was written as a result of the
screening of an Indiana student, (name redacteded), whose parents were not
notified of the screening. This normal, [high-achieving] student was falsely
"diagnosed" as having two mental disorders. Her parents were outraged and
with the counsel of the Rutherford Institute have filed federal lawsuits
against the school district and the psychiatric facility partner of the
district.

Fresno Unified School District families deserve to know about this
controversial, dangerous program. We tell our children to just say "no"
to drugs and then turn around and give them an endless supply of
psychiatric, mind-altering, braindamaging drugs that are just as toxic.
I hope you will take another look at this very harmful program and stop it
dead in its tracks.

Respectfully submitted by,

Sharon Steele Kientz
Retired Teacher
1995 Teacher of the Year National Right to Read Foundation
1999 Panel Member AB 2519 California Department of Education 2000 & 2001
Panel Member Performance Level Setting Language Arts California Department
of Education Trustee Sierra Unified School District Board Member Ablechild:
Parents for Label and Drug Free Education Board Member California Eagle
Forum

Auberry, CA

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