By Jon Dougherty
(TNS) You can always tell what animates the Leftists who populate the “mainstream media” by what they focus on, and on Thursday it was the ‘injustice’ of a mandatory commitment of a six-year-old in Florida for a mental health evaluation.
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CBS’ “Good Morning, America” program reported that the tyke is now “traumatized” after being remanded to a mental health facility following an incident at her Jacksonville elementary school, according to the child’s mother.
A local sheriff’s report claimed that a social worker who responded to a tantrum being thrown by Nadia Falk at Love Grove Elementary School said the girl had become a “threat to herself and others,” was “destroying school property,” and “attacking staff.”
She was removed from the education environment and taken to a behavioral health center for an evaluation as mandated by the Baker Act, which gives authorities the power to order such an evaluation if the person is considered to be a threat to themselves or others.
Nadia’s mother, Martina Falk, said her daughter has attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and a mood disorder.
“I specifically placed my daughter at this school back in August 2019 because I was told they had specifically trained staff to handle special needs children,” she said.
Surrounded by her legal team, Martina said the nearly two-day mandatory stay at the mental health center, away from her mother, did more harm than good, the network morning show reported.
“She’s traumatized. She is not herself anymore. I don’t know what the long-term effects are,” she told CBS News correspondent Manuel Bojorquez.
The network reported further:
Duval County Public Schools told CBS News the decision to admit a student under the Baker Act is made by a third-party licensed mental health care professional and said, “We’ve reviewed the school’s handling of this situation and find it to be compliant both with law and the best interest of this student and all other students at the school.”
But critics ask if the Baker Act being overused, especially when it comes to school kids.
In 2018 in Cocoa, Florida, a 12-year-old boy with autism was taken to a facility in a police cruiser. It was the boy’s first day in middle school and during a meltdown, he scratched himself and then made a suicidal reference.
The boy’s mom, Staci Plonsky, said the school should have called her before enforcing the Baker Act.
“The behavior plan outlined what to do if he makes verbal threats,” she said. “They only had to follow the plan.”
The number of children involuntarily transported to a mental health center in Florida has more than doubled in the last 15 years, to about 36,000, according to a 2019 report by the Baker Act Reporting Center.
“I absolutely think that the Baker Act is being overused,” said state lawmaker Jennifer Webb.
Since CBS decided not to do so, we will inform our readers: Webb is, of course, a Democrat.
Contrast this with overwhelming Democrat and mainstream media support for firearms-related “red flag” laws, which empower courts to empower police with the authority to confiscate an American citizens’ guns on the presumption or accusation of a third party that he or she might become dangerous.
While the Baker Act only mandates a mental health evaluation that lasts a couple days, Americans victimized by red flag laws can lose their guns for a year or more, and without any legal recourse.
So much for the Second, Fourth, and Fifth amendments.
Is the Baker Act extreme? Probably, but no more so than red flag laws.
The lesson here is Americans from any political party who support giving government this kind of power are going to end up regretting it sooner rather than later.
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