New Jersey’s Department of Children and Families is considering terminating the parental rights of a couple because their child twirled a pencil.
That’s right, he twirled a pencil.
Here’s what happened… A fellow classmate accused Ethan Chaplan, the twirler, of twirling the pencil “like a gun”. The school was considering suspending Ethan until local news stations got word of the story. Once it got media attention, the school backed off. The local Department of Children and Family services – did not.
Michael, the boy’s father, said “I received a letter from them saying they had found an incident of abuse or neglect regarding Ethan because I refused to take him for psychological evaluation,”
He decided to play along and got his son a psychological evaluation where they also took his blood and a urine sample. Apparently depression, schizophrenia and bi-polar disorders have blood test diagnoses. News to me!
All his testing came back as normal and fine, but that’s not enough for the state. They are demanding more tests. Ethan’s parents have been informed that if they do not comply the state will terminate their parental rights and put Ethan up for adoption.
I’m just going to let you marinate on that for a bit.
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Has it soaked in yet? No?
Feel like Kevin here? I know I do… –>
After my initial “Are you kidding me?!” response I think I went through the stages of grief, except I never got to acceptance (and won’t).
Talk about government getting in my business. This is not only too far, it’s ridiculous. If anyone out there reads this and can explain to me how this makes sense to them – I would love to hear from you.
Twirling a pencil “like a gun”, according to some kid, warrants your child undergoing psychological evaluation, but allowing your daughter to live as a boy is commended. Of course this is the same world where leaving your children in your car while you go on a job interview gets you money and allowing a child to be a child gets you tarred and feathered.
If the state takes this child away from his parents I will lose my mind. I hear all the time that the government doesn’t want my guns. I disagree because of the countless quotes from our leaders saying otherwise, but what if this is how they get it done?
They can’t get around the 2nd Amendment, so they’ll deem us all psychologically unstable and prevent us from owning them that way. When this kid grows up, this will be on his record. What if it comes up when he tries to purchase a gun? Does it show ‘history’?
Just a couple weeks ago I got an ‘important survey’ that I was randomly selected to fill out – and it was, according to Title 13, U.S. Code, Sections 141 and 193, mandatory. I had to participate or pay a penalty.
We sat down to start filling it out, online, and we got quite a shock. It not only asked how many rooms we have in our home, how much money we spend on EVERY utility we have, how much our mortgage payment is, what our house is worth, etc etc etc. It even asked what our jobs were, how long it took us to get there and asked us to “Please list your job duties”.
I found all of it rather invasive anyway, but when it started asking about our medical histories, specifically if we had a ‘nervous condition’ or ‘difficulty paying attention’ – I refused to finish filling it out. It was online and wouldn’t let you skip most of it. They eventually sent us one on paper. We filled it out with our names and basic information and left the rest of it blank.
I can’t help but wonder if they asked those specific questions to use against us later.
I’m not sure if we’ll hear anymore about this situation with this young man, but if we do – I’ll update. In the meantime, think about the innocent questions, things and conversations that go on in your daily life – or on your Facebook – and how they may not be so innocent. Not in the wrong hands…