FL Parents Leery of Schools Requiring ‘Mental Health’ Disclosures

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From NPR: “Children registering for school in Florida this year were asked to reveal some history about their mental health.

The new requirement is part of a law rushed through the state legislature after the February shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla.

The state’s school districts now must ask whether a child has ever been referred for mental health services on registration forms for new students.

‘If you do say, “Yes, my child has seen a counselor or a therapist or a psychologist,” what does the school then do with that?’ asks Laura Goodhue, who has a 9-year-old son on the autism spectrum and a 10-year-old son who has seen a psychologist. ‘I think that was my biggest flag. And I actually shared the story with a couple of mom friends of mine and said, “Can you believe this is actually a thing?”’

Goodhue worries that if her children’s mental health history becomes part of their school records, it could be held against them.

‘If my child was on the playground and something happened,’ she says, ‘they might think, “This child has seen mental health services. This must mean something” — more than it really means.’”

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5 COMMENTS

    • Breach of privacy! They shouldn’t be doing this in public schools, not when it’s none of their business, and it’s none of their business.

      1. They’re prejudicial (Do you really think mental health treatment equals violent behavior?).
      2. Privacy is breached. (See above.)
      3. Another stupid law has been added to the books. (Stressing the need for a dumbest law prize to be awarded every year to state legislatures throughout the USA.)

        • I’m not sure that would work, however, there is always the old fashioned way, that is, lie.

          Hmm. Really? Is that what that is all that is about? I didn’t understand what you were asking.

          You think they are going to have cops looking over your shoulder. I don’t think so.

          Did I? Really? How do you know? You have a detective checking up on me?

          Everybody has to make sure their alibi holds together, but, come on, it’s just a question on a form. I don’t see anybody doing a lot of time for giving a “wrong” answer.