Student's Anti-Gun-Control Project Results in Suspension: Does this student's opinion warrant psychiatric treatment?

  • Yes, this student's opinion warrants psychiatric treatment.

    Yes, this student's opinion warrants psychiatric treatment because it shows a clear disregard for what is happening in the United States right now. Everyone should believe in gun control, and there is no reason that we need to give in to the gun lobby. We must all vouch for more gun control.

  • They really need a physician

    We talk about crazy ideas, but this idea is absolutely the craziest. How can one think of supporting people belief of the right to have people's life at their hands.It absolutely outrageous , even stupid.
    A high school senior says he was suspended and ordered to undergo a psychological exam for completing an anti-gun-control school project he was assigned.
    Manville school officials ordered a student who made an anti-gun control video to undergo a psychological evaluation before being allowed back in class, according to a report.Manville schools

    Frank Harvey said a Manville High School teacher instructed him to create a video arguing against gun control for a junior college readiness class last year, according to News 12 New Jersey.

    Harvey produced a video that provided examples of people who used guns to defend themselves from home invaders, the report said. His video also displayed anti-gun-control political cartoons.

    The teenager ran into trouble when he mistakenly left the thumb drive with the project on it in a computer in the school library. Someone found it and turned it over to the school administration, who then contacted police.

    Manville police cleared Harvey but district officials suspended him and said he'd have to undergo a five-hour evaluation before being allowed back in school because the teacher said she didn't recall giving him the assignment.

    Harvey and his mother refused, according to News 12. He's since withdrawn from school and is pursuing a GED.

  • Freedom of Speech, It's his political opinion

    In America you have a right to your opinion. Unless this student actually brought a gun into school he doesn't need a suspension or a psychiatric evaluation.

    People have a right to have opinions even unpopular ones even apparently absurd ones about what the laws and public policies should be. As long as he wasn't making threats to commit crimes and didn't have a gun or anything illegal on him he should have been left alone and allowed to continue with his project.

  • No, not neccesarily.

    It might be a good idea to evaluate the student and see if he needs psychiatric treatment, especially if there were other warning signs, either as a part of the project or independently. But the project itself, which likely does deserve some kind of action does not warrant treatment by itself.

  • I don't know

    If it was an assigned project, and he was assigned a specific position to take, psych treatment may be too extreme. Without seeing the video and without other examples from his past or recent behavior, it seems that that's a little too much. However if the video was so violent or it's position so disturbing that the teachers and staff were concerned he might hurt himself or others, then maybe some intervention is appropriate.

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