Are Schools Asking to Drug Kids for Better Test Scores?

February 22, 2014 by  
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In the past two decades, the number of children diagnosed with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder has nearly doubled. One in five American boys receives a diagnosis by age 17. More than 70% of those who are diagnosed—millions of children—are prescribed drugs.

A new book, “The ADHD Explosion” by                                     Stephen Hinshaw                                 and                                     Richard Scheffler,                                 looks at this extraordinary increase. What’s the explanation? Some rise in environmental toxins? Worse parenting? Better detection?

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Chris Silas Neal

Drs. Hinshaw and Scheffler—both of them at the University of California, Berkeley, my university—present some striking evidence that the answer lies, at least partly, in changes in educational policy.

Many people have suspected that there is a relationship between the explosion in ADHD diagnoses and the push by many states, over this same period, to evaluate schools and teachers based on test scores. But how could you tell? It could just be a coincidence that ADHD diagnoses and high-stakes testing have both increased so dramatically.

Drs. Hinshaw and Scheffler used a kind of “natural experiment.” Different parts of the country introduced new educational policies at different times. The researchers looked at the relationship between when a state introduced the policies and the rate of ADHD diagnoses. They found that right after the policies were introduced, the diagnoses increased dramatically. Moreover, the rise was particularly sharp for poor children in public schools.

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Drugs don’t ‘cure’ a disease called ADHD, the way that antibiotics cure pneumonia.                        Getty Images

The authors suggest that when schools are under pressure to produce high test scores, they become motivated, consciously or unconsciously, to encourage ADHD diagnoses—either because the drugs allow low-performing children to score better or because ADHD diagnoses can be used to exclude children from testing. They didn’t see comparable increases in places where the law kept school personnel from recommending ADHD medication to parents.

These results have implications for the whole way we think about ADHD. We think we know the difference between a disease and a social problem. A disease happens when a body breaks or is invaded by viruses or bacteria. You give patients the right treatment, and they are cured. A social problem—poverty, illiteracy, crime—happens when institutions fail, when instead of helping people to thrive they make them miserable.

Much debate over ADHD has focused on whether it is a disease or a problem, “biological” or “social.” But the research suggests that these are the wrong categories. Instead, it seems there is a biological continuum among children. Some have no trouble achieving even “unnatural” levels of highly focused attention, others find it nearly impossible to focus attention at all, and most are somewhere in between.

That variation didn’t matter much when we were hunters or farmers. But in our society, it matters terrifically. School is more essential for success, and a particular kind of highly focused attention is more essential for school.

The number of children diagnosed with ADHD has doubled in the past two decades, and some say the reason lies in educational policy. University of California Berkeley Psychology Professor Alison Gopnik joins Lunch Break to discuss. Photo: Getty.

Stimulant drugs don’t “cure” a disease called ADHD, the way that antibiotics cure pneumonia. Instead, they seem to shift attentional abilities along that continuum. They make everybody focus better, though sometimes with serious costs. For children at the far end of the continuum, the drugs may help make the difference between success and failure, or even life and death. But the drugs also lead to more focused attention, even in the elite college students who pop Adderall before an exam, risking substance abuse in the mad pursuit of even better grades.

For some children the benefits of the drugs may outweigh the drawbacks, but for many more the drugs don’t help and may harm. ADHD is both biological and social, and altering medical and educational institutions could help children thrive. Behavioral therapies can be very effective, but our medical culture makes it much easier to prescribe a pill. Instead of drugging children’s brains to get them to fit our schools, we could change our schools to accommodate a wider range of children’s brains

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Common Core: A Lesson Plan for Raising Up Compliant, Non-Thinking Citizens

September 25, 2013 by  
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source:rutherford.org

By John W. Whitehead September 23, 2013

“A fool with a tool is still a fool.  A fool with a powerful tool is a dangerous fool.”—Michael Fullan, international school reform authority, on the powerful “tool” that is Common Core

As I point out in my new book, A Government of Wolves: The Emerging American Police State, there are several methods for controlling a population. You can intimidate the citizenry into obedience through force, relying on military strength and weaponry such as SWAT team raids, militarized police, and a vast array of lethal and nonlethal weapons. You can manipulate them into marching in lockstep with your dictates through the use of propaganda and carefully timed fear tactics about threats to their safety, whether through the phantom menace of terrorist attacks or shooting sprees by solitary gunmen.  Or you can indoctrinate them into compliance from an early age through the schools, discouraging them from thinking for themselves while rewarding them for regurgitating whatever the government, through its so-called educational standards, dictates they should be taught.

Those who founded America believed that an educated citizenry knowledgeable about their rights was the surest means of preserving freedom. If so, then the inverse should also hold true: that the surest way for a government to maintain its power and keep the citizenry in line is by rendering them ignorant of their rights and unable to think for themselves.

When viewed in light of the government’s ongoing attempts to amass power at great cost to Americans—in terms of free speech rights, privacy, due process, etc.—the debate over Common Core State Standards, which would transform and nationalize school curriculum from kindergarten through 12th grade, becomes that much more critical.

Essentially, these standards, which were developed through a partnership between big government and corporations, in the absence of any real input from parents or educators with practical, hands-on classroom experience, and are being rolled out in 45 states and the District of Columbia, will create a generation of test-takers capable of little else, molded and shaped by the federal government and its corporate allies into what it considers to be ideal citizens.

Moreover, as Valerie Strauss reports for the Washington Post: “The costs of the tests, which have multiple pieces throughout the year plus the computer platforms needed to administer and score them, will be enormous and will come at the expense of more important things. The plunging scores will be used as an excuse to close more public schools and open more privatized charters and voucher schools, especially in poor communities of color. If, as proposed, the Common Core’s ‘college and career ready’ performance level becomes the standard for high school graduation, it will push more kids out of high school than it will prepare for college.”

With so much money to be made and so many questionable agendas at work, it is little wonder, then, that attempts are being made to squelch any and all opposition to these standards. For example, at a recent public forum to discuss the implementation of these standards in Baltimore County public schools, one parent, 46-year-old Robert Small, found himself “pulled out of the meeting, arrested and charged with second-degree assault of a police officer” simply for daring to voice his discontent with the standards during a Q&A session with the superintendent.

Even calling this event a forum is disingenuous, given that attendees were not allowed to stand and ask questions. Instead, attendees were instructed to write their questions on a piece of paper, which the superintendent would then read and members of a panel would answer. In other words, there would be no time or room for debate, just a one-sided discussion. And this is what life in our so-called republic of the United States has been reduced to, a one-sided monologue by government officials who neither care about what “we the people” have to say, nor are they inclined to hear us out, just so long as we pay their taxes and abide by their laws.

“Don’t stand for this. You are sitting here like cattle,” shouted Robert Small to his fellow attendees as he was being dragged out of the “forum” on the Common Core standards. “Is this America?”

No, Mr. Small, this is no longer America. This is, instead, fascism with a smile, sold to us by our so-called representatives, calculating corporations, and an educational system that is marching in lockstep with the government’s agenda.

In this way, we are being conditioned to be slaves without knowing it. That way, we are easier to control. “A really efficient totalitarian state would be one in which the all-powerful executive of political bosses and their army of managers control a population of slaves who do not have to be coerced, because they love their servitude,” writes Aldous Huxley. “To make them love it is the task assigned, in present-day totalitarian states, to ministries of propaganda, newspaper editors and schoolteachers.”

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Constitution FAIL: School Teaching Kids That Cops Can Take Anyone’s Guns at Any Time

September 21, 2013 by  
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source:mrconservative

Our schools are desperate to teach children to hate or misunderstand the Constitution of the United States of America. If you don’t believe it, here is another example with kids being taught that they really don’t have any rights to resist unlawful search and seizure nor do they have inviolable rights to own a gun.

(See also: Pittsburgh School Teaching Kids to Lie?)

As in the *video above, we’ve seen this desire of authorities to make sure kids are taught that there really isn’t any truth to the Constitution, but in this latest case we have a school attempting to make kids believe that the Second Amendment is a meaningless, empty right and that government should have the dictatory power to do what ever it wants, when ever it wants.

Eighth graders at a school in Campobello, S.C. were essentially told that cops can confiscate your legal guns whenever they want and that there is nothing preventing them from doing so.

This all came to light when a parent found that his child’s answers to a quiz were marked wrong when they should have been marked right.

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Girl severely damaged by Gardasil recounts horrifying medical ordeal while doctors call her a liar

September 14, 2013 by  
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NaturalNews) Young girls everywhere are being permanently damaged by Gardasil.  But instead of listening to this evidence of a shocking lack of safety in HPV  vaccination shots, the doctors, vaccine pushers and drug companies insist all  these young girls are lying.
That’s the “compassion” of modern medicine:  Harm young girls with a potentially deadly biological, then call them liars when  they suffer debilitating health consequences. And Congress, for its part, has  granted vaccine companies total blanket immunity from all lawsuits, just to make  sure no one gets their day in court.
Read this highly emotional account  of what happened to a girl named Ashley Adair from Georgia after she received  the Gardasil shot. It was originally published on SaneVax.org,  a fantastic website covering the damage caused by vaccines.

The Dark Side of Gardasil

by Ashley Adair
My name is Ashley  Adair. I live in Georgia. I have suffered for five years from the side effects  of something I thought would help me. I received the Gardasil vaccine because  the people and doctors all around me kept telling me “OH! This vaccine is the  best thing to happen to the medical industry!” Of course my mom and I fell for  it like many others. I want to let people know about the dark side of this  vaccine.
Before the HPV Vaccine, I was the most energetic child. I went  to school for 8 hours, then went to 3 hours of gymnastics practice, finishing  with homework at night. My weekends were filled with gymnastics meets. After  gymnastics I went straight into competition cheerleading, which were the same  hours. I basically lived in the gym and loved every second of it, I was blessed.  Overall I was a healthy child.
I received my first injection in April,  2008. My injection did hurt more than a normal injection. I had mild soreness  and redness after. At the time I didn’t realize the symptoms I was having. I had  slight fatigue, and I would occasionally have a very sore throat. I couldn’t  stick my tongue out and I just threw it off as an allergic reaction to chlorine  because I was swimming a lot.
The nightmare began on June, 2008. I  received the second shot and I noticed it hurt a bit more than the first. I  almost cried a bit which is very much unlike me. I got a little lightheaded at  the checkout line. After 30 minutes I was fine.
The very next night I  told my mom I was very sick. I was crying in pain with my pelvic and legs  absolutely killing me. I was running a fever and I was very nauseous. So like a  parent would, she took me to the emergency room. Of course, doctors only listen to one symptom and told me I had a stomach virus that they couldn’t  do anything and sent me home.
The next day I was so exhausted and slept  till about 3 o’clock. My mom came home from work and I went outside and noticed  I had some kind of rash all over my body. It looked like someone took a fine  point purple permanent marker and dotted it all over me. My mom immediately took  me to my regular pediatrician and he could not figure out what was on me. He ran  a lot of blood work on me and we went home until we could receive the blood work  news. My mom received a phone call around 9 O’clock. One of the scariest phone  calls she has ever received.
My doctor told her I needed to get back to  the ER ASAP. He told her that my blood work was CRITICAL, and the rash on me was  called a petechial rash. My red blood cells and white blood cells were  completely wiped out. They told me if I were to do a handstand my gums would  start bleeding and I would bleed to death. If I caught a common cold my body  would not be able to fight it off and I would die. Over the next 6 weeks I went  through so many different rashes, EXTREME fatigue, joint pains, leg pains,  shoulder pains, dizziness, and low blood pressure.
I finally went to an  infectious disease specialist and he told me not to get the third shot or I  wouldn’t be here.
I finally started getting better. At the age of 15 I  still had not received my menstrual cycle. I went to an OB/GYN and he put me on  birth control to start my period. That should have been a sign then but we  didn’t think about it. I never gained my energy back.
hemangioma-2My  senior year things started acting up again. I got a hemangioma on my lip which  is very strange because it is mostly babies that will get a hemangioma, not  adults. After that happened, I started getting very sick. I missed weeks of  school at a time.
I kept getting severe bronchitis and I just couldn’t  shake it off. I also had to go to the doctor because I was very depressed. I was  then put on Zoloft. Luckily my teachers worked with me and I graduated with A’s  and B’s.
Throughout the 5 years after I received the shot I always slept,  never had energy, and kept getting what I thought was growing pains. In June of  2012 my growing pains were getting worse in my knees/legs. So my mom took me to  the doctor and they couldn’t really figure out what was wrong. They put me in a  knee brace and gave me medicine and sent me off. I also just did not feel good  at all and my doctor ran some more blood work on me. We then found out I had  Hypothyroidism, I am now on medicine for that.
I had 8 epidural steroid  injections, none of which worked. I also was just diagnosed with fibromyalgia.  But the fibromyalgia is still being researched on me. My Epstein Barr igG is  544.0 and the normal is 16.0 and below. And my blood time is critical. They  could not get it to clot so they finally had to put pressure to it. I also  tested positive to atypical anca.
From June2012-now (August 2013), I face  every day with severe pain. My pain is in my lower back, pelvic, hips, back of  leg, and knee. My legs will also turn a dark purple almost black and it will  travel all the way down to my feet. I had an MRI for my back and found out that  I am missing an ovary and have a mass on my uterus. Of course, when I went to  the OBGYN for it, he did a sonogram and couldn’t find the mass nor my ovary. He  threw me off like it was no big deal. I am now lost on whether I have an ovary  or a mass. I have discovered in this situation that doctors really will not try  to help you. They just don’t believe you or throw you off to another doctor if  they can’t figure it out.
I also have lost family members because of this  problem. Not everyone will believe you or know what you are going through, but I  am here to telling about what happened to me, so no girl or boy will have to go  through the misery that I am going through.
I want to create something  good out of something terrible.
See this original post at SaneVax.org.

It’s time to end the vaccine holocaust

Sadly, Ashley is just one of  countless young women and men who are harmed by Gardasil. It’s time to end the  vaccine holocaust that is devastating our youth.
It’s time to end  the conspiracy of silence among medical professionals, vaccine patent holders and the mainstream media, all of whom conspire to lie to the  public about the supposed “safety” of vaccines while going out of their way to  dismiss the overwhelming evidence of harm.
It’s time to end the  outrageous legal immunity that was granted to vaccine companies and allow these  individuals and families damaged by vaccines to have their day in  court.
Watch this video to learn more:
Learn more:  http://www.naturalnews.com/042046_Gardasil_vaccine_damage_HPV_vaccinations.html#ixzz2erLNqkpg

Where Will FEMA Take Your Children?

September 4, 2013 by  
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source: the common sense show

The Department of Homeland Security and FEMA had interjected themselves, and appropriately so, into the area of school safety. This article explores the premise behind the cooperation between DHS, FEMA and your child’s public school. Most of the policies and procedures make a great deal of sense and should and should be followed as a matter of course. However there are some very concerning elements which have surfaced with regard to school safety procedures, your rights as a parent and the safety of your child.

The Prime Directive of School Safety

The first mandate for teachers and administrators in the public school setting is to keep students safe. This prime directive supersedes any other mission requirements related to the functioning of a public school. Teachers and administrators as well as support personnel have a moral, professional and legal obligation to tend to children who are in physical and/or emotional distress. The Department of Homeland Security and FEMA have prepared disaster related documents detailing the professional responsibilities for school personnel in disaster related scenarios.

In the furtherance of this mission, public schools are required to participate in various safety exercise drills such as lockdowns and bus evacuation drills. Both functions serve a legitimate purpose and parents should feel a measure of comfort that schools have taken steps under the direction of the government in order to help keep our children safe. However, some plans no matter how well-intentioned have pitfalls and some of the details of these plans should be concerning to parents of school-aged children.

The following paragraphs detail a previous disaster drill, held in Denver, in which the procedures should raise the hair on the back of the next of all parents

Operation Mountain Guardian

Operation Mountain Guardian

Nearly two years ago, on September 23, 2011, the Department of Homeland Security and FEMA conducted a disaster drill in Denver, Colorado that they called Operation Mountain Guardian. The plan was all-inclusive and basically shut down the Denver metropolitan area including Denver international Airport, many malls, many schools and several other public venues including Sports Authority Field where the Denver Broncos play professional football.

Where will they take the children? Will you get them back and when?

As a part of the drill, several busloads of school children were taken to Sports Authority Field along with their teachers. Surrogate parents were hired by FEMA to attempt to pick up their children at the stadium. The training was apparently a desensitization exercise for security personnel designed to refuse demands to pick up their children from these “pretend” parents. The real parents of these children were not properly notified that their children would be transported to the stadium and would be a part of this disaster drill. As a parent, I would have a major problem with the non-notification of the relocation of children.  I find it ironic, because before a school child is allowed to go on a field trip, their parents and teachers are required to  fill out a multiple list of permission forms that must be signed by parent or guardian of the child.

I have no quarrel with moving children in an emergency situation to a location of safety. However, I have a major issue when government officials refused to release children to their parents because the authority over a child belongs to the parent, not to a government agency.

In the latter part of the event, as parents discovered that some of their children were likely transported to the stadium, some parents attempted to go to the venue and secure their children.  When they did so, at least initially, the children were not released to the parents. Again, who is the sovereign, the government or the people?

And speaking of Denver International Airport, explain the meaning of this depiction which was displayed for years near airport baggage. Where are the children being led by this apparent Russian soldier carrying an AK-47 and wearing a gas mask?

It goes without saying that most major terror attacks have coincided with “drills” used to confuse and distract first responders not privy to the inside plan has been heavily documented, with the 7/7 attacks in London and 9/11 attacks in New York City being prime examples. The aforementioned statement is not conspiratorial, these are the facts surrounding these previous terrorist attacks and every parent, teacher, administrator, police officer, firefighter, EMT and the federal government would be wise to be cognizant of this fact.

DHS, FEMA and the Safety of Students

FEMA has published a training manual which serves as the rough draft model for school safety to be enacted by all 50 State Department of Education’s, in times of an emergency. Of particular importance and relevance is a document  from the Arizona Department of Education entitled “Staff Skills Survey and Inventory“, which is located on page 76 of their school safety manual.

In the aftermath of the disaster scenario, it would be prudent for school officials and assisting public officials to know which of the school staff members are first aid certified, have experience in EMT operations, can perform CPR, can assist in triage functions and can help with food preparation.  Certainly, acquiring a database of people who possess these skills, would be extremely critical in meeting the potential needs of children in the context of a dangerous set of circumstances.

However, on these checklists and procedures form, there are other skills that this FEMA inspired document, which is filtered down to the State Departments of Education.  I have subsequently acquired a document from the Arizona Department of Education which attempts to assess staff skills in times of emergency. The document is listed at the bottom of this article.

In the document, it asks teachers, administrators and other support personnel within a school setting if they possess skills which seem to be out of place for disaster scenario responding in a school setting. For example, the document asks school personnel if they have experience in construction, shelter management, emergency management, structural engineering, firefighting, electrical wiring, plumbing, carpentry, journalists, HAM radio operation and a recreational leader.

Why would schools have the need for people that can do construction as well as plumbing, electrical work, climbing and shelter management? What in the world are schools under stress going to be building? At this point, I would invite you to go to the bottom of the page and scan this FEMA inspired document to familiarize yourself with all of the skills that are being assessed by the various departments of education around the country.

I have asked a number of people to look at this document and explain to me their interpretation of the skill set solicitations. Descriptor terms such as conscription, commandeering and drafting have come out of the mouths of people that I know. People that know nothing of the New World Order and know nothing of Operation Mountain Guardian were concerned when I showed them the document. If one considers this questionnaire within the context of Obama’s Executive Order 13603 in which the President can seize control over all resources including people. I would like to think that these two variables are not connected. However, in these perilous times, it is difficult to not be suspicious.

Conclusion

These events beg the question, are we to understand that school children and school personnel are going to be forced to construct their own residential facilities in some unknown and undisclosed location from which a bus will transport them to? I don’t have a definitive answer, but I know a number of you who are reading these words are thinking what I have thought. Am I going to be constructing our own detention facilities? Will parents be separated from their children?

 

Is this why construction, electric and plumbing skills are being inventoried in our nation’s schools?

Is this how Rex 84 and Presidential Directive 51 be implemented? At on time, these might have been considered to be ridiculous questions. However, in the present context, these questions demand answers.

 

 

From Page 76 of the Arizona Department of Education

STAFF SKILLS SURVEY & INVENTORY

 

YOUR NAME  ______________________________

SCHOOL        _______________________________

ROOM            _______________________________

During any disaster situation, it is important to be able to draw from all available resources.  The special skills, training and capabilities of the staff will play a vital role in coping with the effects of any disaster incident.  These will be of paramount importance during and after a major or catastrophic disaster.  The purpose of this survey/inventory is to pinpoint those staff members with equipment and the special skills that may be needed.  Please indicate the areas that apply to you and return this survey to your administrator.

 

Please check, circle, or add expertise or training that you may have. 

       
First Aid (yes/no)current card

CPR (yes/no current) Triage
Construction

 

Shelter Management Camping
Emergency Management

 

Structural Engineering Running/Jogging
Firefighting Survival Training & Techniques CB Radio
Law Enforcement

 

Search & Rescue Food Preparation
Mechanical Ability (electrical, plumbing, carpentry, etc.)

 

Bus/Truck Driver

(yes/no, Class 1 or 2 license,)

Recreational Leader
Nurse

 

Journalism Other:
EMT or Paramedic

 

Waste Disposal  
Ham Radio Operator    
     
Multi-lingual (yes / no,    what language (s)    

 

STAFF SKILLS SURVEY & INVENTORY continued

 

 

DO YOU KEEP A PERSONAL EMERGENCY KIT? _____________ in your car? _______ in your room? _______

 

DO YOU HAVE MATERIALS IN YOUR ROOM THAT WOULD BE OF USE DURING AN EMERGENCY?

(i.e., athletic bibs, traffic cones, carpet squares) _________ Yes _________ No

 

DO YOU HAVE EQUIPMENT OR ACCESS TO EQUIPMENT OR MATERIALS AT YOUR SCHOOL SITE THAT COULD BE USED AN IN EMERGENCY? _________ YES _______ NO

 

Human bones found at infamous Florida reform school

September 1, 2013 by  
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Human bones found at infamous Florida reform school (via Raw Story )

Researchers from the University of South Florida are exhuming remains from the bodies of 19 long-lost residents of the infamous Dozier Reform School for Boys in the Florida Panhandle. “Even if we can’t name them, just the fact that they’re not…

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Teacher gets 30 days for raping 14-year-old student who later killed herself

August 28, 2013 by  
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Teacher gets 30 days for raping 14-year-old student who later killed herself (via Raw Story )

Stacey Dean Rambold, a former Montana high school teacher convicted of raping a 14-year-old female student named Cherice Morales, will face only 30 days of jail time. The judge who sentenced Rambold said the girl, who later killed herself, was “older…

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California Students Forced to Kneel Before Principal

August 24, 2013 by  
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source:breitbart.com

Claiming it was a “safety policy,” California elementary public school principal Dana Carter instituted a policy that required his students to “kneel down on one knee and wait for the principal or another administrator to dismiss them.” One parent claimed that her daughter was forced to kneel before the principal “like a king” with her hands at her side until Carter came out, lifted his arms, and told students to go to class.

Apparently, this happened at various times throughout the school day.

Complaints from parents, including flyers placed on cars, resulted in the revocation of the policy. Calls went out to parents to inform them of the change of policy, and Carter has already scheduled a meeting with parents to discuss “different safety options” with parents.

 

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Autistic young man still waiting for his day in court, after 1.5 years; sixth amendment violated

June 6, 2013 by  
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Author: Ben Franklin

Source: FederalJack

Note: Amount of Andrew’s rights violated: 2 (No Search Warrant, No Speedy trial)

A young autistic man named Andrew Rose, around age 17 when he was arrested by the police at his High School, was suspected of possessing child pornography, and has still not been given his day in court since he was arrested on December 5th, 2011. One year and sixth months have passed since he was jailed and which terrified him, he finally was released on bail due to financial assistance from his family. One of his bail conditions was that he would not be allowed to go back to school and in the end, he was told to just go get his GED, and never graduated with the other students. He is still awaiting his day in court but will it ever come? Likely not which is why this article is written to shine light on the dirty tactics of corrupt federal prosecutors on minors and young adults whom are caught up in the child porn undercover stings.

“First in May Andrew was going to appear in court, then July, and now August, the prosecutor keeps pushing the date back!” – Quote from Reporter

How was he accused of this crime you all probably wonder?

When Limewire was around, a little over a year before the arrest, Andrew was downloading music files which are easy to get, you can find any title, album, and artist tracks. The only thing that Limewire did not show in it’s search database was a album art image search to search for mp3 files that have a certain tag image. This was where Andrew got into hot water. As what was explained in an earlier article I had typed, all mp3 files have a identification system used by all computer software music players, mp3 players, and even tablets. This identification system is known as mp3 tags which any software program such as Mp3tag can edit mp3 files to manipulate the tags of each mp3 file. The tag album image can be as big as the user wishes, it can be 500x, 600x, even 800x. Any image can be added to the mp3 tag, and that includes child pornography and naked teen photos.

What happened was a particular user was distributing music on Limewire with these lewd naked or half naked teen photos. When Andrew downloaded music thern played it on his music player, likely Windows Media Player, he saw a big album image of young teenage girls in the buff then exited out of it then tried re-downloading the file to see if it would go away but sadly the file that was shared has a album image of naked teenage girls, so he went to another place for the song. In the end he deleted the music file and never looked for it again, the only problem was that the very minute he played that music file and the album image displayed, it was locally cached in his computer as a hidden or system file as Windows Media Player caches the album art image of a particular music file or music files. Because Andrew didn’t think to go in the folder options and check the allow hidden files to show, he never knew that dirty image planted inside the mp3 file was also cached onto his computer which was later used to indict him by a Federal grand jury. Of course his intent is obvious, he is not a child pornographer and has no interest in that kind of material, he is not a pervert, but the police didn’t care.

So one day the police came to his families house, without a search warrant, separated him from his own mother in his room asking him questions, interrogating him without a search warrant and without allowing his mother to be present and without being offered an advocate even though he was clearly autistic. Police detectives can easily tell from his behavior that he has some difficulty in social behavior and could determine he was autistic since the Missouri P.O.S.T Autism Training allows police training on how they deal with a autistic person while following and exercising their duties, and a 2009 AELE Monthly Law Journal report talked about the concerns of how police interact with a autistic person and what training they need. Despite all that the police never gave him an advocate and then in the end the family was told by the police “they may or may not be back” but was proven a lie in December of 2011. Apparently in all child porn investigations, police lie and tell the suspects that had their computer equipment seized, regardless of circumstances and evidence, that they may not be charged or that they may not get in trouble but is a lie to keep people believing that everything is going to be okay.

One day federal agents showed up to arrest and book Andrew while he was a senior at his High School in Missouri, “and dragged him out with his hands cuffed behind his back and humiliated him in front of his peers. ”

“He arrived at the booking center for the first time in his life to have his mug shot taken, be finger printed, and placed in a cell not knowing what is going on and trying so hard to hold back his tears.”

“Upon his release Andrew requested if he could return to school, his attorney set up a meeting with the judge to discuss this. The judge saw no reason not to allow him back in school, but DA Robert Parks did and went around the judge by sending a letter to the principal of the school explaining what Andrew was being charged with and how he did not believe he should return. Andrew’s hopes for finishing high school are now over. His principal told him he may take a GED course, but was no longer allowed to be a student in the school. At the age of twenty, Andrew’s nightmare is still going on. He and his family have been trying to prove his innocence for quite some time now, but DA Parks keeps dragging his feet. Draining the money from the family and also trying to drop their morale. Andrew is not the only one in his battle. Since a website was set up on his behalf, hundreds of others have come forward with the same nightmare, the youngest being thirteen.”

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It turns out he needs $50,000 for bail to get him out of jail and as a condition of his release, that he cannot be around anyone 18 or younger. Again thanks to his family he has been released.

Things only went from bad to worse, over 5-6 times now his court hearing for the criminal prosecution of child pornography, has continually been moved up and rescheduled to another date causing a headache for not just his legal counsel but also for his family. Around May 22 of this year, Andrew and his lawyer was notified that the pretrial and trial date has been moved up to around July, then I have received word that the trial has been rescheduled again to August 8.

“Andrew’s sixth Amendment right in the Bill of Rights has been blatantly violated. What kind of federal prosecutor continues rescheduling the court date back again and again?…On this day it is officially 1.5 years that this autistic young man was denied his basic Constitutional right to a speedy trial since he had his booking and mugshot taken. His fourth amendment right had been violated during the search and seizure, his internet activities completely should prove that he has no intent to look at child pornography yet he cannot even get his pretrial as of yet after 1.5 years and his classmates assuming he is some dirty perverted child porn watcher. This is a complete joke, a complete failure of our justice system in the United States. If his family had not set the bond to pay the bail fee, this poor young autistic man would be sitting in a federal prison holding cell for years, putting even what Adam Kokesh went through to shame, and still awaiting his day in court that may never come unless he pleads guilty. Andrew’s right to face his accusers and fight to exonerate himself to have the criminal charges thrown out has been shattered by a corrupt federal prosecutor. I am ashamed what America our country has become. Our founding fathers would turn in their graves seeing that people are denied the right to a speedy trial simply for being accused of child pornography and because of the excellent chances he will win the case for all his rights being violated and for his behavior clearly having no criminal intent. Our justice system is a failure when a prosecutor can continue to reschedule the trial date whenever he feels like it if he feels the criminal case will not go in his favor. This is abuse of judicial and prosecutor power. The ACLU and EFF needs to be all over this like flies on you-know-what. How shameful it ain’t just terrorism anymore that we are denied the right to a trial until we beg the prosecutor to waive our rights to a trial and become a felon to rot in a prison cell,” comment from former USWGO Founder Brian Hill on his views regarding the matter since he has studied law and politics to a certain extent.

1.5 years of his life have gone by and he is still under bail restrictions, under police scrutiny, and is being denied his basic speedy trial rights clause the United States Constitution.

Whom is the prosecutor that is doing all of this, why Robert E. Parks of course. He is a Franklin County, Missouri, prosecuting attorney which is usually only a state prosecutor. Apparently he doesn’t understand what real justice is nor does he even follow his own oath of office when sworn in since he was suppose to give this autistic youth a speedy trial and allow him to face his accusers with a right to a jury of his peers. Apparently according to D.A. Parks, that right can only come when he wants the defendants in his cases to appear in court as he sees fit when he sees fit.

No news stories on Andrew Rose

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In fact when searching up Andrew Rose and the child porn case on Google News, no news outlets have reported on the case nor the fact that his Constitutional rights were being violated. I guess the media doesn’t care what injustices are happening to people unless there is background pressure to shut the mainstream media up so they don’t cover this judicial travesty.

It has also been discovered that when a few reporters were looking into Andrew’s case and how it ties into the ICE Operation Flicker scandal and misconduct, the reporters were threatened and told not to report on Andrew’s case. When calling one of the local branches of the Associated Press in Missouri, one of the news editorial staff told me that “there are so many child porn cases now, that we cannot cover them all.” Also told me that if there was something significant about it then they look into covering it. So child porn cases by Operation Flicker has got so out of control, innocent minors and young adults lives all being ruined and the question is are they really child pornographers or were they set up? I don’t know.

It appears there needs to be a change in Federal law for prohibiting state and federal prosecutors from being able to reschedule a court trial for a defendant indefinitely. There needs to be a limit like let’s say around 1 or 2 times a prosecutor may reschedule the court date as long as he has a valid reason and if he reschedules it again, the court can deny the request and mandate that the government prosecutor appear before that date. The case law precedent for violation iof the speedy trial clause in lower federal courts has a minimum of having the trial delayed beyond 6 months. In Supreme Court law, 6 months is the Supreme Court precedent for a trial being delayed by the prosecutor that can sanction a sixth amendment Constitution violation. The only remedy a defendant can make is call for the dismissal of the criminal case and indictment meaning that the defendant can never be charged for the same claimed offense again since his rights have been violated.

The more of this article is to expose that now if you are accused of child pornography and have a plausible defense like Andrew Rose, if the prosecutor finds out you have a good chance at winning the case, then you may never get a trial and may have to wait for years and years even beyond the federal and state statute of limitations before you will get a trial or just cave in to the prosecutor and sign a paper declaring guilt and waiving rights to a trial.

 

Teacher Suspended for Showing Gardening Tools to Class

April 27, 2013 by  
Filed under General News

source:thehealthyeconomist.com

Doug Bartlett, a veteran teacher with an upstanding record of 17 years, has filed a lawsuit against the school district of Chicago for suspending him without pay after giving a lesson on gardening tools to his second grade students.

The incident took place on August 8, 2011 at Washington Irving Elementary School.

Mr. Bartlett recently filed suit on April 17, 2013 saying that he suffered humiliation and embarrassment as a result of his reprimand.

 

The “hazardous” tools in question were pliers, screwdrivers and wrenches that only the teacher handled. The tools were kept in a locked toolbox high on a shelf out of reach before and after the gardening lesson.

The district says that Mr. Bartlett exhibited negligence in supervising the children and for “possessing, carrying, storing, or using a weapon”.  He was subsequently suspended without pay for 4 days.

Mr. Bartlett’s lawsuit claims the suspension violated his Fourteenth Amendment right to due process as he asserts that there was never a full hearing on the incident.  Further, he was disciplined without ever having the opportunity to plead his case.

wrenchesAccording to the Rutherford Institute which is representing him, Mr. Bartlett is seeking damages and requesting the suspension be expunged from his teaching record.

It is important to have electronic records in order as the charge of possessing a “weapon”, in this case gardening tools, has the potential to prevent Mr. Bartlett from seeking employment elsewhere.

The incident is yet another example of an over the top reaction by school officials demonstrating poor judgment and a gross lack of common sense.

A related story occurred in the Fall of 2012 when the Vice Principal of a California school suspended a boy for bringing kombucha in his lunchbox.  With no parent or guardian present at any time, the boy was interrogated in the school office by school administration and a police officer and was ultimately suspended for 5 days for “violating” the school’s drug and alcohol policy. No tests were ever performed on the beverage which is able to be legally purchased by minors at local stores

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