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Harming Youth: Screening and Drugs Ruin Young Minds


Harming Youth: Screening and Drugs Ruin Young Minds


Ideological Abuse of Schoolchildren

In his 1932 novel, Brave New World, Aldous Huxley depicts a “utopian” but totalitarian society, one that is insane and bent on control. It is a controlled civilization, using, as Huxley stated, the “technique of suggestion—through infant conditioning and, later, with the aid of drugs.”

In 1967, a group of prominent psychiatrists and doctors met in Puerto Rico to discuss their objectives for psychotropic drug use on “normal humans” in the year 2000. In what could well be a sequel to Huxley’s novel—only it wasn’t fiction—their plan included manufactured “intoxicants” that would create the same appeal as alcohol, marijuana, opiates and amphetamines, producing “disassociation and euphoria.” Drugs to “enhance the learning capacity of the individual…would likely alter the total educational process so that time consumed [educating on any subject] would be greatly reduced and the scope broadened to include ‘character education’ as well.”

The Puerto Rico meeting concluded, “Psychotropic drugs do have something in common with the new utopian thought—both may provide a sense of stability and certainty, whether realistic or not.” The resultant report also stated, “Those of us who work in this field see a developing potential for nearly a total control of human emotional status, mental functioning, and will to act. These human phenomena can be started, stopped or eliminated by the use of various types of chemical substances. What we can produce with our science now will affect the entire society.”

The group also predicted that the “breadth of drug use may be trivial when we compare it to the possible numbers of chemical substances that will be available for the control of selective aspects of man’s life in the year 2000.” [Emphasis added]. Today, with more than 20 million children worldwide consuming mind-altering drugs and the almost exclusive use of psychology-based curricula in many schools, Huxley’s Brave New World is a reality.

The reality was reinforced by the release of the US New Freedom Commission on Mental Health Report, which recommended that all 52 million American schoolchildren be “screened” for “mental illness,” claiming—without proof—that “early detection, assessment, and links with treatment” could “prevent mental health problems from worsening.” “Treatment” ultimately means drugs—usually the most expensive ones that effectively create lifetime mental health patients—for which the government and insurance agencies can be billed.

Behavioral control-based screening questionnaires already exist in many educational systems. Invasive questions such as “How hairy do you think your parents’ private parts are?” or whether “You or someone in your family has ever been raped or sexually molested” are commonplace. Program staff have resorted to giving “incentives” (bribes), such as $5 gift certificates, video rental gifts or “food vouchers” to students to secure the return of parental consent forms for the screening to be conducted. Most parents are unaware that their child is being assessed. Schools are advised to hire licensed “clinicians” who have “malpractice insurance.”

In response to global psychiatric screening, Vera Sharav of the Alliance for Human Research Protection (AHRP) stated: “This dubious initiative is a radical invasion of privacy, leaving no room for individual choice—or the freedom for parents to say no to psychotropic drugs for their children. Such mandatory, government-endorsed screening programs contradict the freedoms guaranteed in a democratic society.”

Children worldwide are under extremely dangerous assault. Today, parents and teachers are also deceived in the name of improved mental health and better education. The results are devastating:

  • In the US alone, 1.5 million children and adolescents on antidepressants are at risk of known, drug-induced violent or suicidal side effects.
  • Education achievement standards have plummeted as a result of psychology-based education curricula.
  • Since the 1960s the violent crime rate for under 18-year-olds in the United States increased by more than 147 percent; for drug abuse violations, by over 2,900 percent.
  • Violent crime rates throughout the European Union, Australia and Canada have begun to equal and surpass those in the United States.

We are committed to the idea that it is through the legacy of our children that societies will survive or fail. This report is written to enlighten those parents who work sincerely and diligently in the hope of guaranteeing their children a better education and a greater hope for success in life. It is for dedicated teachers who also work for the love of children and their well-being. In fact, this is for anyone who instinctively understands that children not only need love and protection, and are at all times precious, but also that they represent new life today and, most importantly, new life tomorrow.

The information is not easy, comfortable reading, but please persist, because ultimately, the harshest reality you will have to face is that children urgently need our help and protection. Without that, the future for one and all is at serious risk. In this cause we ask your help.


Jan Eastgate
Citizens Commission
on Human Rights International

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