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Associated Press filed its story on the press conference held on February 23, 2015 by 9 different parental rights groups who joined forces to oppose the Sandy Hook Advisory Commission Recommendations in the aftermath of the mass murder and suicide in Newtown, Connecticut.
AbleChild joined the newly formed “CT Parental Rights Coalition” and participated in the Press Conference along with the following organizations:
TEACH CT – The Education Association of Christian Homeschoolers of CT
NHELD-National Home Education Legal Defense
CHN-Connecticut Homeschool Network
Family Institute of Connecticut
Connecticut Against Common Core
Stop Common Core In New Milford
Quiet Corner Parents for Education
Student Data Privacy: A Voice For The Connecticut Children of P20 Win
Joined by Senator Markley
According to the Associated Press article, “Dr. Harold Schwartz, commission member and psychiatrist-in-chief at Hartford Hospital’s Institute for Living, said there’s been a misunderstanding of the report’s recommendations. He said the panel wanted to make sure that if a child was identified as having special needs while in public school, that his or her IEP plan be followed if they become home-schooled.”
According NBC CT “The commission’s mission has been to change policies and laws in an effort to prevent another violent massacre like the one on Dec. 14, 2012 at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown that took the lives of 20 first graders and six staff members.” The misunderstanding Dr. Schwartz should clear up is how any of these recommendations will “prevent another violent massacre.”
Recall, none of the mental health records have been made public despite multiple news organizations and AbleChild petitions via the Freedom of Information Act, (FOIA) Commission. In the case of AbleChild, the FOI Commission deferred our argument to the court system; we declined that expensive course of action.
There is another “misunderstanding” regarding the conflicting data released by the Child Advocate’s office and the Newtown Bee’s account of Adam Lanza’s school years at Newtown High School. Clearly the Sandy Hook Advisory Commission (SHAC) has not shown any interest in clearly up these critical “misunderstandings.”
AbleChild would like to point out, the 10 bullet pointed recommendations in the NBC referenced article (linked above) used the following language: Expand, Increase, Implement, Build, Identify. These recommendations come with a very large price tag for taxpayers for subjective, dangerous screening methods that clearly missed Adam Lanza.
The Associated Press report interviewed Hamden Mayor Scott Jackson, the commission’s chairman. “Mayor Jackson hopes the report will encourage homeschooling parents to seek help if their child has behavioral issues.” “That language is actually intended to say, to remind parents who choose to homeschool, that you can still take advantage of everything that the school system has to offer,” he said. “It’s still a one-way swinging door. If they want it, all they have to do is ask.”
None of the Sandy Hook Advisory Commission’s recommendations focus on policies that reflect, “if they want it, all they have to do it ask.” that would be an “opt in” policy. These mental health screenings are subjective and are conducted without parent consent. In fact, they fail to meet the standards of an “opt out” policy.
The Commission failed to address the MEDWatch issue raised by Nancy Lanza with Yale Child Study Center in the State Police Report which should have been the focus to protect consumers seeking mental health services. Remember, Yale Child Study center was the last known “treatment” center for Adam Lanza and they claim that Nancy Lanza was “non compliant” as she tried to report an “adverse drug event.”