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  •  I agree that in cases of medical issues treatment (1+ / 0-)
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    should be sought.  I filled out clinic cards for 15 years to insure this for my now adult children as well as kept updated records for each of my students.  Currently, I complete detailed paperwork each year for my child in special ed that covers this & more.

    What I cannot wrap my mind around is why the parent was not called for consent of the psych eval and/or to go pick up the child.

    If this was a one time occurance re the 5 year old- the over-reaction is stunning & alarming.

    If this was not a first occurrance, then the school system failed on multiple levels.  

    Whatever the actual case is, what cannot be overlooked is that a 5 year old child was handcuffed, put into a strange vehicle, transported to a psychiatric facility for x amount of hours of "observation"-all without a parent or loved one involved.  I cannot even guess what that does to a child's psyche & for how long.

    I am concerned about trends- especially where the rights of a child and parent are ignored or circumvented & can (& do) lead to tragic consequences.

    It is awful scary to read about these cases, so it is normal to assume mitigating circumstances or an isolated incident in a far away state or school fear of lawsuits or brat child-brat parent syndrome.

    Sadly & tragically, as long as the public assumes these things and takes no action these incidents continue unabated & the victims as well as professionals in law enforcement & school systems will continue to have little to no supports or resources or needed trainings available.

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