Assembly bill would require every child in public school to get a psychological test to make sure they're "mentally fit"

Posted at: 02/06/2014 1:49 PM
Updated at: 02/06/2014 5:58 PM
By: Berkeley Brean

Would you let your child be tested like this?

After several school shooting including in Newtown, CT., there is now a bill in the New York State Assembly that would require every child in public school to have a psychological examination before they could go to school. 

The test would be mandatory whether or not a child showed signs of emotional or psychological problems. 

According to the bill, the results of the test would be attached to a child's health certificate. 

Here's exactly what the bills says:

"Each such certificate  shall  also  state  that  a  psychological  examination was performed and that the child is mentally fit  to  permit  attendance  at school."

Click here to read the bill. 

The bill is sponsored by Assemblywoman Margaret Markey (D-Queens). Here is her statement which appears on her Assembly website:

"This bill, A8186, adds to existing state law the requirement that there be a psychological screening as part of the required health certificate that must be furnished by every student enrolled in the public school system. I introduced the bill last year after continuing reports of events involving gun violence in schools and findings that at least some of that violence is the result of bullying in our schools by other students. This examination would serve as an early intervention to identify potential problem students at both the elementary and high school levels and provide them with appropriate counseling and support."

The bill, introduced in October, is in the Assembly Education Committee. No action has been taken on it. 

News10NBC talked to some parents and grandparents outside of East Rochester schools about it.

Joe Johnson said,  "If there is developmental problems such as aggression and things like that, fine. Then we need to handle that some other way. But for an average everyday kid going to school? No."

Cheryl Valvano, grandparent, said, "Well I'd want to know who's doing the testing? What is the testing? How are they going to decide is mentally fit or not?"

Jess Clawson said, "If they're deemed not fit to attend public school, where would they go? What are the options for parents? I feel like parents of special needs children don't have enough options as it is. Lost in the mix."