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New York Lawmaker Wants Mandatory Mental Exams For Their Students

As if educators weren’t interfering in the lives of our children enough already, a new bill proposed by Assemblywoman Margaret Markey (D-NY) would require all children in public schools to undergo multiple mental health exams in order to attend.

The legislation states that the mental health examination need only be required by “local school authorities” and that they may be administered “at any time in their discretion.”  The examinations may be conducted by “a duly licensed physician, physician assistant, or nurse practitioner.”

Via the Right Scoop:

(Dana) Loesch points out how this fits into a larger picture that is forming with Common Core requirements and various state legislatures across the country. Schools are collecting information such as parental political affiliations, firearm ownership, religious affiliations, and other forms of data mining. She also poses the important question of who would pay for this. Is it going to be yet another financial burden for low and middle income families imposed by the busybody state?

Interference in the family unit and absolute disregard for privacy are becoming de rigeur in America on two fronts. We have the safety and security minded, hoping to prevent tragedy though screening, and we have the we know what’s best crowd, creating a better tomorrow by shrinking soda sizes, seizing sodium, and generally aiming to clothe Americans in the bubble wrap of a federal government that’s just “looking out for their best interests.”

The bill also adds the following bit of information as a requirement in submitting the examination results:

Each such certificate shall also state the student’s body mass index (BMI) and weight status category.

How a child’s BMI, an incredibly inaccurate assessment of weight problems, relates to mental health issues, remains to be seen.

Additionally, the bill states that authorities in “all school districts” will determine “whether a one-time test for sickle-cell anemia is necessary or desirable and he or she shall conduct such a test and the certificate shall state the results.”

Diagnosing sickle-cell anemia is usually done during newborn screenings, but would most likely require performing hemoglobin electrophoresis in children.  Hemoglobin electrophoresis is a type of blood test that detects different types of hemoglobin

This bill could lead to a simple physician’s assistant determining that your child requires a blood test, and that person is then authorized to conduct said blood test.

Rusty Weiss

Rusty Weiss is a freelance journalist focusing on the conservative movement and its political agenda. He has been writing conservatively charged articles for several years in the upstate New York area, and his writings have appeared in the Daily Caller, American Thinker,, Big Government, the Times Union, and the Troy Record. He is also Editor of one of the top conservative blogs of 2012, the Mental Recession.

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