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Thursday, February 23, 2012

It's Time for Parents to Unite Against the Educational Nanny State. Enough.

School administrators and staff are fast becoming the authorities in students' lives.  They are policing what your child is eating, how their social interactions take place, and even providing medical care unbeknownst to parents. Policing what your children eat at school is a minor issue compared to what this mother discovered Marcus Garvey Academy in Detroit medically provided to her daughter without the mother's permission:

From wxyz.com in Detroit:

Sighle Kinney is fuming after her 14-year-old daughter was given four shots by the school nurse at Marcus Garvey Academy without her permission.

The daughter says she was called out of class by the school nurse back on January 30th and sent to the school’s clinic, which is operated by St. John’s medical.  While there she was given four vaccinations, including the one for HPV. It was the shot for HPV really touched a nerve.

Sighle was furious. She says she never gave consent for the shots to the school or St. John’s – Sighle says she even signed a document indicating never to administer medical treatment to her daughter.

In the video, Kinney says, "I'm her mother.  That's my call.  That's not their call".  

I hope Kinney has legal recourse against the school and St. John's.  The school's statement disavows knowledge of procedures in the clinic and the clinic states it will work with the family.  After hearing Ms. Kinney's version of what happened to her daughter and apparent circumvention of parental authority, the school and clinic have a lot of explaining to do to this distraught mother. 

Here's a bit of history on Marcus Garvey from  Ex-Patriots and Expatriates: 10 Black Americans Who Denounced America.


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