Below is a essay by citizen author author William Boylan. All opinions expressed are that of the author and not necessarily that of the Insider staff. Proposed Connecticut Bill SB374 if passed by would mandate behavior assessments of all children whether enrolled in public schools or not. Senator of the 13th District with includes parts of Middletown, Middlefield, and Meriden has been a strong supporter of this type of screening for children, likening it to in her words "diabetics and insulin."Former Congressional candidate Wayne Winsley wrote about the consequences of this in his article A Check up from the Neck up.
In your press release of Feb. 13 regarding school safety, you say, "Students should be able to receive mental health evaluations/treatment, and districts need some recourse if parents and students refuse to participate."
The last part of the sentence contradicts the first part. The first part says, students "should be able to receive mental health evaluations," implying a choice. The second part says, "districts need . . . recourse if parents and students refuse. . . That changes the first part, "should be able receive evaluations", to "must receive evaluations." It makes them mandatory and implies sanctions against anyone who refuses.
This is a dangerous precedent. It forces something on parents and students that they may not want or need for whatever reason which is no one else's business without probable cause, reasonable suspicion or judicial review. It places the state above the parents and usurps the parent's rights, responsibilities and authority.
Nowhere in the CT or federal Constitutions does the state have the authority to order mandatory psychological evaluations. No, not even the "General Welfare" clause.
The best and most efficient way to save lives under such circumstances as that in Newtown is to have armed guards in the schools and eliminate so called "gun free" zones. The only ones in them, free of guns, are the victims and it is proven that such mass murderers as Lanza deliberately seek out "gun free" zones because they know they can act there with impunity. It is foolish to require pistol permitted parents to disarm themselves before entering a school.
No government can be all thing to all people at all times. Nor should it try to be. A government that governs best, governs least. And that is as it should be.
Very truly yours,
Bill Boylan, Middletown