NY State Senate-Psych Evaluations Proposed For All Students, and a Modest Counterproposal

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New York State Senate Bill  A8186-2013 would require psychiatric evaluations for all children enrolled in schools to certify that they are mentally fit to attend school. NY State Senator Margaret Markey, Queens, New York, introduced it in 2013 and it has been referred to the Education Committee.

If the measure were to pass,  it would require all public schoolchildren in New York to have two  health examinations in elementary grades and two in high school. These health exams must include a psychological evaluation, which certifies “that the child is mentally fit to permit attendance at [public] school.” The measure also seeks to report a student’s BMI. It states “Each such certificate shall also state the student’s body mass index (BMI) and weight status category.”

Under the measure, a child attending school in New York would require this certificate. Starting with line 18, the law states

Each such certificate shall describe the condition of the student when the examination was made, which shall not be more than twelve months prior to the commencement of the school year in which the examination is required, and shall state whether such student is in a fit condition of health to permit his or her attendance at the public schools. EACH SUCH CERTIFICATE SHALL ALSO STATE THAT A PSYCHOLOGICAL EXAMINATION WAS  PERFORMED AND THAT THE CHILD IS MENTALLY FIT TO PERMIT ATTENDANCE AT SCHOOL. Each such certificate shall also state the student’s body mass index (BMI) and weight status category. For purposes of this section, BMI is computed as the weight in kilograms divided by the square of height in meters or the weight in pounds divided by the square of height in inches multiplied by a conversion factor of 703.

This is what happens when neighborhood busybodies are elected to the state assembly and get a little political power. That being said, what if this legislation was modified? Are there any daring legislators who would like to propose a modification to the legislation?

Each such certificate shall describe the condition of the state legislator when the examination was made, which shall not be more than twelve months prior to the commencement of the legislative session for that fiscal year in which the examination is required, and shall state whether such legislator is in a fit condition of health to permit his or her participation in the legislative session of the New York General Assembly. EACH SUCH CERTIFICATE SHALL ALSO STATE THAT A PSYCHOLOGICAL EXAMINATION WAS  PERFORMED AND THAT THE Legislator IS MENTALLY FIT TO Serve in the New York General Assembly. Each such certificate shall also state the legislator’s body mass index (BMI) and weight status category, and important campaign contributors. For purposes of this section, BMI is computed as the weight in kilograms divided by the square of height in meters or the weight in pounds divided by the square of height in inches multiplied by a conversion factor of 703.

Sen Markey

New York State Senator
Margaret Markey, Queens NY

If the NYGA wants to legislate this sort of nonsense, then it is up to the General Assembly to demonstrate leadership and go first. I suspect the first victim would be Sen. Margaret Markey herself.

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  • Mike Holmes

    I think you need a pshyc eval, you are an idiot in my opilnion

  • Sherry Jones

    And what happens, exactly, to those students who don’t pass the eval? Aside from not being allowed to attend school, what other measures are in place? NY is not a homeschool friendly state, so that’s a rather serious issue. And unless the laws have been changed, if you don’t make sure your child is attending school, DHS (Department of Human Services) gets involved and will take your child away from you. I gotta wonder exactly what the end game plan is here.

  • Donna E Turner

    Excuse me, but the interference in a child’s life by a bunch of supposed experts is intrusive in the extreme. What part of the 4th amendment rights of the child and his or her family needs to be revoked in order for these bureaucrats to make determinations? This is a disgusting display of liberal fascism.

  • John Puffer

    If the children “fail”, the STATE will remove all “dangerous” items from home, so nothing will ever happen to anybody ever again- then they will hop on their unicorn and follow the rainbow to another STUPID ASS regulation. Those failures were elected by the people and for the people. That is a state which is a terrorist and liberal haven- they need to keep it up there.

  • Keith Lombard

    can you all see where this is going, let me connect the dots for you all in case you don’t see the bigger picture that is scary as hell here…you see,they now have a way to declare a child mentally unfit for school,that diagnosis can later be used in his adult life to keep him from being able to legally own a gun.

    it is not too much of a stretch then to say,what if a child is deemed unfit because of their political views,or perhaps they show a tendency to stand up to authority when authority is abused…what is to keep these people from using this as a tool to stifle opposition to their vision of how the world should be?

    is it sinking in yet? this is a very serious issue. we already know from the i.r.s.situation that targeting of individuals based on their differing views is part of their modus operandi so i ask you all… who could willfully stand by and allow this to happen to their children? i for one refuse to,if it takes a bullet to change what kind logical words can not,then so be it. they better not bring that shit to texas.

  • Larry Cowden

    Add to that all legislators must undergo a mandatory colonoscopy with no sedative, pelvic exam and drug testing. All to be performed at total cost of all exams charged to them.

  • DON’T TREAD ON ME

    it is time to take back our country from this communist muslim POS. Everyone needs to call email you senate and house reps constantly to impeach and then try him for treason on multiple counts. If they choose not to then their name will be added next to Barry;s!!