11-Year-Old Caught In The Crosshairs Between His Psychiatrist And Arvada Public Schools

Child Was Kept Four Days In A Psychiatric Hospital Because Of His Stick Drawings In School

An 11-year-old was arrested at his home on criminal charges for stick figures depicting violence that he had drawn in an Arvada public school, reportedly at the urging of his psychiatrist.  He was taken away in handcuffs to a psychiatric hospital 100 miles away in Colorado Springs and kept there for four days, according to his mother in an interview with Fox News.

The boy was being treated for so-called ADD (attention deficit disorder) and was told by his therapist to draw pictures in school to express his feelings instead of disrupting the class.  The boy reportedly had done so and was in the process of throwing the picture away when a teacher saw what she considered disturbing content and reported it.  According to a report by KDVR Denver Channel 31, school officials initially determined that the child was not a threat, but later changed their mind and called police.

Beyond the question of whether the school district’s zero-tolerance policy of dealing with violent imagery in the schools is too broad and does not take into account the circumstances of individual situations, how does a child go from being inattentive (having an “attention deficit”) to drawing a stick figure of himself pointing a gun at four other stick figures with the words “teachers they must die?”  The answer could lie in the fact that, instead of applying educational, medical, nutritional, and parental solutions to children’s restlessness and disruptive behavior, all too often teachers and school psychologists push parents to take their kids to psychiatrists, who label them with ADD and ADHD and put them on drugs.  (See “Colorado law prohibits school personnel from recommending psychiatric drugs.”)  The rambunctious behavior of boys makes them particularly susceptible to being labeled with ADD and ADHD.

ADD/ADHD drugs are powerful, addictive, psycho-stimulant drugs, some of which lab rats can’t distinguish from cocaine.  These mind-altering drugs are known to cause unwanted and disturbed behavioral changes that include mania, psychosis, hallucinations, delusional thinking, and suicidal thoughts.  (To read more about the side effects and international warnings on ADD/ADHD drugs, go to CCHR International’s psychiatric drugs search engine.)

ADD/ADHDHD drugs are also linked to violent behavior. School officials could well have remembered recent school shootings when they changed their mind and decided to follow school district policy and get the police involved.  At least nine of 13 recent school shooters were on, or in withdrawal from, psychiatric drugs at the time of their shootings, including one of the Columbine shooters.  (The other four have closed medical records.)

The truth is there are no blood tests, x-rays, brain scans or any other objective, physical test to confirm any “diagnosis” of ADD or ADHD.  Even the U.S. National Institutes of Health Consensus Conference on ADHD in the late 1990s concluded:  “…researchers have vigorously attempted to find proof that ADHD is caused by a chemical imbalance, but have come up with nothing.”

While ADD/ADHD drugs may make children quieter and more compliant in school, so would other chemical restraints like street drugs or alcohol.  None of these are workable, long-term solutions for the behavior problems of a growing and developing child.  The United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child recently condemned the over-prescription of psychiatric drugs for ADHD, stating that parents need to be able to easily access alternative, educational, and social measures for helping their children with their problems.

At least one teacher decided to publicly criticize the psychiatric drugging of children – and she lost her job over it.  According to KPHO Channel 5 in Phoenix, Arizona, an English teacher refused to remove a bumper sticker on her car that cynically asked, “Have you drugged your kid today?”  As she explained, “It’s kind of a criticism of us tending to over-medicate hyperactive kids who might not need those medications.”  She is fighting to get her job back, claiming that her First Amendment rights were violated.

If you have been told that a chemical imbalance, brain scan, or anything else “confirms” that you or your child has ADD or ADHD, we want to talk to you.  Please report it here or call us at 303-789-5225.

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2 thoughts on “11-Year-Old Caught In The Crosshairs Between His Psychiatrist And Arvada Public Schools”

  1. This story was picked up by a popular syndicated radio show today, 3/6/11. I was shocked by what I heard. Our public schools in this country are out of control with their handling of so-called “violence.” If there is a hint of a fight, a disaster, or a gun in any child’s drawings, journals, or stories, the school personnel treat it like a terrorist threat.
    Here is a young person who was following his psychiatrist’s suggestion, which seemed to work for him. The school has now caused a criminal record that will probably follow him in some form for the rest of his life. They should be made to pay damages to his family for what they have done. It’s bad enough that he has ADHD, which causes huge difficulties for some kids in school, but these “educators” have overreacted beyond all reason. They have probably ruined this kid’s life, and definitely set him back in his education and therapy.
    My son has ADHD, and it has severely impacted his education. Our lousy public school system in Oregon followed a similar path when he drew pictures of superheroes fighting each other, and the occasional gun. He is a BOY. This is something BOYS do. They need to be trained and disciplined so they understand not to draw these things, but the drawings are NORMAL.
    This hyper-paranoia among school administrators and staff members is rampant throughout our public school system, and this situation should cause people to sit up and take notice of what their children are subjected to on a daily basis. We pay for this educational system. We should take some control over the insanity.

  2. Honestly, Ritalin never did work for me. The doctor then put me on Adderall, which works like a charm. I find that it helps to ogrzniae my thoughts and I don’t feel as scatterbrained when I take my medicine. My friends that don’t have ADD that have taken it recreationally before say that it makes them really hyper and high feeling. When I take it, I don’t feel high, but I feel more normal. Those are what I would say the Pro’s are to ADHD meds. The only real con that I can think of is that sometimes those meds can cause disturbances in sleeping patterns. My body adjusted to this eventually. It’s just kind of annoying at first.

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