Posted by

Tue Sep 24, 2002

[Fred A. Baughman Jr., MD:
Every child going to a government/public school in the US today is at
risk of exactly this sort of psychiatric/mental
health/pharmaceutical/governmental vicitmization. If for no other
reason, no child, today, should go to a US public school. They should
all have, and excersize a private, parochial, or home-school educational
option that bears no psychology, psychiatry, or psychopharmacology

Tue Sep 24, 3:15 AM ET

LITTLE Michael Mozer was driven mad by prescription drugs school officials
forced his mother to give him. Now he wants to dish out some harsh medicine
to the "educators" and doctors who nearly ruined his life.

The family of the 12-year-old Dutchess County boy has filed a suit in White
Plains federal court that they hope will change the way educators and
doctors diagnose kids and push psychiatric medication on them.

The suit charges Michael's principal, the school district and its school
psychologist with negligence and violating his constitutional rights by
coercing his mom to drug him - and banning him from school unless he was

The coercion involved child-abuse allegations filed against her by educators
she says were angry that she stopped doping Michael up with a cocktail of
drugs that turned him into a psychotic who heard voices.

The suit also charges two Poughkeepsie doctors and the school psychologist
with medical malpractice for misdiagnosing Michael with attention deficit
hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) without properly examining him.

The doctors are also accused of diagnosing Michael with additional
psychiatric problems, instead of realizing that the ADHD drug Ritalin and
the drugs Paxil and Dexedrine were responsible for his anxiety attacks,
insomnia and other ailments.

"I want to prevent school districts from continuing these types of
strong-arm tactics on parents," said Michael's mom, Patricia Weathers, 32.

"If this lawsuit will make schools stop and think of the consequences their
action may have, then my son has succeeded."

The lawsuit, seeking damages of at least $75,000, also charges that no one
properly informed Weathers of the possible side effects of the drugs, and
that, as her son's mental health deteriorated, they pushed her to give him
more powerful drugs.

The school district began pressuring Weathers to medicate Michael in 1997,
when he was a first-grader, and continued to do so for two years, she

Over that time, Dr. Lynee Liptay, to whom the school referred the mom,
didn't require that Michael take medication on weekends and during summer
vacations, court papers say.

"It shows you how ludicrous it is to call something a disease when the
treatment is only required during school hours," said Michael's lawyer,
Alan  Milstein.

The suit also charges that another doctor referred by the school, Julia
Speicher, prescribed a combination of Dexedrine and Paxil, although both
drugs, alone or combined, are not approved by the Food and Drug
Administration for children.

By December 1999, school officials and Speicher were suggesting that Michael
take Risperdal, a powerful drug used to treat schizophrenia, the court
papers say.

School Superintendent W. Michael Mahoney and the others named in the suit
did not return messages left at their offices.

Leave a Reply

  • (will not be published)