|Vin Suprynowicz is assistant editorial page editor of the Las Vegas Review-Journal.
by Vin Suprynowicz
On Tuesday, May 19, 1999, Jared Salisbury, 9-year-old son of Phillip Salisbury, a $40,000-a-year employee of Federal Express on Long Island, N.Y., was rushed by ambulance to St. John's Episcopal Hospital, where he died of acute peritonitis from a ruptured appendix.
At the hospital, officials learned the Salisburys had decided not to get Jared all his childhood immunizations none of which would have prevented his death. The Salisburys stood accused of sending their children to the Church of God Christian Academy, and of refusing to get them their childhood immunizations, based on the father's personal beliefs that such "shots" pose more dangers than they're worth.
(A 1985 federal report prepared for the United States Institute of Medicine concluded that if 3.6 million American children receive three pertussis vaccinations each as recommended, 22 to 36 of those infants will suffer permanent brain damage from the vaccine each year.)
The state took the five remaining Salisbury children and placed them in foster care, despite the fact that inspectors found all the other Salisbury kids safe, happy, well-fed and well-clothed, and the house "reasonably clean." Their one-year-old daughter, who was receiving only breast milk at the time, "was weaned by force and against our will," Salisbury says.
Salisbury's wife, Damaris, had the couple's seventh child last spring. I spoke to Phillip when the child was just two months old. "My wife had a baby two months ago and today they took the baby." he told me. "Our children have always been 100 percent breast fed. The foster parent is a friend, so we're still going to try."
The mother will have to visit the foster home several times a day to feed her child.
According to reporting by Cheryl Romo in the Los Angeles Daily Journal, which covers legal matters for Southern California's attorneys, little Kameron Justin Demery, aged two-and-a-half, and his twin sister Karissa appeared to be doing fine until one early morning after the Christmas holiday, 1995.
That was when Karissa was taken to the hospital emergency room by her mom, suffering with what would later be diagnosed as bronchitis.
The first thing hospital officials requested from their mom, Jacqueline Bishop (then 29) were the children's immunization records. But since Ms. Bishop had been persuaded by her own mother, a licensed vocational nurse, not to immunize the twins because of the very real health risks, she didn't have any immunization records.
Within days came the late-night government raid in which the twins and their seven-year-old brother were seized from Ms. Bishop by brute force.
The twins, Kameron and Karissa, were placed in the foster care of David and Evelyn Miller, even though the Millers had previously had all foster children in their care removed by the DCFS because of "excessive discipline." The Millers had also been decertified as care providers in February, 1995 by the Foster Family Network. But reporter Romo found the previous abuse allegations against the Millers were not reported to the DCFS hotline. They "fell through the cracks."
On Oct. 14, 1996, little Karissa looked on as her brother Kameron, against whom she had cuddled as she fell asleep each night since she was born, was beaten to death by Evelyn Miller, his state-licensed foster care provider. Evelyn Miller is now serving a sentence of 15 years-to-life for murder.
I've researched more than a dozen such cases in recent months, and experts tell me it's the tip of the iceberg. Florida child care workers will now take perfectly healthy children out of loving homes because they believe they're obliged to do so if a younger infant dies of crib death. In the case of Alexandera Dykes of Colorado Springs, daughter of Travis ("Ted") and Anita Doolin of Las Vegas, the children were taken away on a charge of "dirty home" after she filed third-degree sexual assault charges against a male case worker who slid his hands up under her sweater and tried to pull her into the bedroom in front of her young children.
The presumption in America today first for the poor but increasingly for all of us is that our children belong to the state. The state allows those children to remain "out on loan" to their natural birth parents only so long as you meet all the government's requirements: Every vaccination recommended by the major pharmaceutical firms, no matter how dangerous or statistically useless.
No guns in the house; no strange faith-healing religious beliefs. And you'd better make sure your kid reports to the local government youth propaganda camp from the age of six ... or is it 5 now? ... so the local educrats get their subsidies based on a full complement of little butts to warm the seats ... or else.
Now comes Senate Bill 73, pre-filed Feb. 1 for this session of the Nevada Legislature in the name of Sen. Ray Rawson's entire Committee on Human Resources and Facilities, since no individual lawmaker has the courage to attach his or her name to such a monstrosity.
The bill "requires state board of education to prescribe form for reports of parental involvement in education of children." In other words, it would enact Las Vegas Assemblywoman (and Special Ed teacher) Chris Giunchigliani's longtime dream: teachers filling out report cards on parents.
The teachers union would help draft a form on which teachers would grade parents on "whether the parent or legal guardian ensures the attendance and punctuality of the pupil, including, without limitation, whether the pupil: (1) Completes his homework assignments in a timely manner; (2) Is present in the classroom when school begins each day unless his absence is approved in accordance with NRS 392.130. ...
Also required would be "(b) A report of whether the parent or legal guardian ensures the health and safety of the pupil, including, without limitation, whether: ... (2) Current information is on file with the school regarding the health of the pupil, such as immunization records...(3) The parent and child abide by any applicable rules and policies of the school and the school district; and ... (c) ... whether the parent or legal guardian: (1) Completes forms and other documents that are required by the school or school district in a timely manner; (2) Assists in carrying out a plan to improve the pupil's academic achievement, if applicable; (3) Attends conferences between the teacher and the parent or legal guardian, if applicable; and (4) Attends school activities."
Looking forward to having your "parental report card" entered into evidence if you ever face a child custody hearing? Starting to get the idea that maybe we now work for them?
This police state measure goes on to assure us that the new parental report cards shall not "interfere unreasonably with the personal privacy of the parent and his child or the legal guardian and his ward." But in fact, destroying any remaining family privacy and freedom is precisely what this slave measure is about, the trick being that educrats and teachers unions will get to define the word "unreasonably."
I use the word "slave" advisedly slaves on the plantation two centuries ago probably had as much freedom to decide how their kids would be raised as we'll retain when the fascists proposing this crap get through with us.
The premise of public education is that these "experts" with their fancy "Ed" degrees know far more about what and how our kids should learn than do we "uneducated" boobs. Yet they're now so desperate to shift the blame for their failures that they seek a way to document "bad parental involvement" as the main culprit.
Parental involvement? Taxpaying parents who show up with detailed instructions on the course of study and method of instruction best suited to their individual child let alone concerns or demands involving library books and sex education curricula need not apply. Our only job as SB73 makes abundantly clear is to gratefully pay up, while teaching our children to obediently prostrate themselves before the altar of the almighty state.
My advice? Do not call or write your senator or representative to urge defeat of this measure. It'll just get back-doored later on, slipped into law in some other bill of a different name. Nope: They've shown us what they intend, and there's only one solution left:
Pull your kids out of the government schools, today. Home-school every child. Leave their charnel houses of child enslavement and family destruction derelict and abandoned. We only think we "need" their glorified day care services because mom now has to work full-time just to pay the taxes on dad's paycheck ... to fund the government welfare schools. Refuse to pay another penny in school taxes, loudly and publicly. They've declared war on the rights of parents to raise our own kids. And if it's war they want, Franklin Roosevelt and Dwight Eisenhower taught us the only terms we can afford to offer fascists:
Unconditional surrender. An end to the government schools. Close them all.
Vin Suprynowicz is assistant editorial page editor of the
Las Vegas Review-Journal.
18 mar 2001