Priscilla Presley Awards New York Mom's Battle Against Enforced Child Drugging

Feb 12, 2001, 00:00 ET from Citizens Commission on Human Rights

    LOS ANGELES, Feb. 12 /PRNewswire/ -- Priscilla Presley presented an
 international Human Rights Award on Saturday, February 10, to a courageous New
 York mother, Mrs. Patricia Weathers.  Mrs. Weathers fought an agonizing, but
 ultimately successful battle to get her 11-year-old son, Michael, off the
 psychiatric drugs which his school had coerced him to take.  She has since
 become a national voice for countless mothers across America, who have
 experienced similar pressures to drug their children with heavy, mind-altering
     Ms. Presley presented the award at the 32nd Anniversary of the Citizens
 Commission on Human Rights (CCHR), an international psychiatric watchdog
     Mrs. Weathers explained how Michael was referred to a psychologist, and
 then a psychiatrist, through his school.  She was told his "learning
 development" was considered abnormal and that an amphetamine-like drug was
 necessary treatment.  Within six months of starting the drug, Michael,
 normally a playful child, was withdrawn and not socializing with the other
 children.  He began having wild mood swings, arguing irrationally and even ran
 away from home.  Realizing the coincidence, Mrs. Weathers took him off the
 drugs.  Michael was then dismissed from school and Mr. and Mrs. Weathers were
 threatened with a "medical neglect" charge by Child Protective Services.  The
 Weathers eventually discovered that Michael's only problem was food allergies
 and that, once off all drugs, and the allergies were properly medically
 treated, Michael's schoolwork improved.  In fact, he returned to being Michael
     Ms. Presley stated, "This sort of problem is quietly epidemic in our
 schools today.  Too many parents have been unknowingly disenfranchised by a
 schooling system which runs according to the drug-based dictates of
 psychiatrists and psychologists, rather than sound and workable educational
 principles.  Every parent with school-age children must be informed of their
 rights.  Psychiatric 'disease' labeling of children is the psychiatrist's
 first step to pushing a child onto drugs through the schooling system.  There
 are many, many Michaels in America today, who are being heavily and
 dangerously drugged to handle non-existent, psychiatric disorders, while the
 real conditions, missing educational basics, food allergies and others, go
 undiagnosed and unhandled."
     Only strengthened by her ordeal, Mrs. Weathers has reached millions of
 people with her story through USA Today, ABC News, The Montel Williams Show,
 Good Morning America, and CBS Evening News.  She also testified before
 Congress in a hearing held last September into psychotropic drug use in
     Knowing that something was fundamentally wrong with school personnel
 telling parents that they must drug their children, Rhode Island State
 Representative Aisha Adbulla-Odiase -- the second award recipient -- was
 instrumental in the Rhode Island State Department of Education issuing a memo
 to all teachers and school personnel, outlining the potential illegality if
 they recommend, insinuate or demand that a child take psychiatric drugs as a
 condition for attending school.  Presenting Rep. Odiase's Human Rights Award,
 was Emmy award-winning jazz vocalist Carl Anderson.
     Mr. Anderson said that Rep. Odiase's precedent-setting memo was taken up
 by Congress, resulting in a letter to the Secretary of Education which was
 signed by over 20 members of Congress.
     Emmy Award Winning actress, Michelle Stafford, presented CCHR's Human
 Rights Award to French author and drug educator, Marie-Christine d'Welles for
 10 years of mental health reform work.  At the age of 12, Ms D'Welles was
 hospitalized for meningitis.  In her weakened state following discharge, her
 grandfather sent her to a psychiatrist, who placed her in a cell, stripped her
 naked and drugged her.  It was a drugged nightmare that lasted four years
 before her escape at age 16.
     Ms. D'Welles kept her institutional history a secret for 20 years.  In
 1990, she wrote a book about her experiences, Folle Moi (Crazy Me), which has
 sold more than 100,000 copies.  Today, Ms. D'Welles conducts successful
 anti-drug lectures to students, warning them about both street and prescribed
 psychotropic drugs.
     France has one of the world's highest rates of psychotropic drug use
 amongst children.  A study of 600 schools reveals that 12% of children
 entering French schools, have already been prescribed a psychiatric drug, with
 36% of these being one year of age or younger.
     Ms. Jan Eastgate, International President of CCHR stated, "In waking up to
 the truth, each of CCHR's Human Rights Awards Awardees not only took back
 control of the destiny of their own families, but instinctively began to fight
 for the rights and the education of other parents and families.  CCHR has
 found, that with a little truth, this reaction and instinct are potentially
 alive and well in all parents and individuals, for whom the well-being of
 children is a primary concern.
     "Psychiatry's prescription child drugging has quietly, but profoundly,
 invaded the international educational landscape, with until recently, hardly a
 cry of protest from the community or parents.  Today, more than six million
 children, some as young as one-year-old, are being diagnosed with 'disorders'
 that have no scientific validity to them and are taking heavy, mind-altering
 drugs that have numerous, and frequently life-threatening, side effects.  The
 community, and parents generally, must be made aware of the truth of this
 widespread tragedy-in-the-making."
     CCHR was established in 1969 by the Church of Scientology to investigate
 and expose psychiatric violations of human rights.  It has been responsible
 for the reform of more than 100 laws worldwide that now provide rights and
 protections to individuals in the mental health system.

SOURCE Citizens Commission on Human Rights