Medical examiner confirms death of 9-yr-old Colony, TX boy was

NOTE FROM Ann Blake-Tracy (www.drugawareness.org):

This suicide is much too similar to little Gabriel Myers’ (7) suicide
in Florida last year – while in the custody of CPS! He too was on
similar medications when he impulsively hung himself with a shower
hose in the bathroom.

Both types of medications have an FDA black box warning for suicide
for this age group. WHY?!!! Want to talk about him being exposed to
something toxic? This is it! Why as a society do we allow this to
continue?!!! Why is it okay for doctors to give patients drugs that
could cause suicide?

Here is the warning given for Strattera which is prescribed for ADHD.
[And a similar warning was given to all antidepressant and mood
stablizing medications (which Montana was also taking).]

9/05 From Web MD: “The FDA is advising health care providers and
caregivers that children and adolescents being treated with Strattera
should be closely monitored for worsening of symptoms as well as
agitation, irritability, SUICIDAL THINKING OR BEHAVIORS, and unusual
changes in behavior, especially during the initial few months of
therapy or when the dose is changed (either increased or decreased).”

“THIS MONITORING SHOULD INCLUDE DAILY OBSERVATION BY FAMILIES AND
CAREGIVERS AND FREQUENT CONTACT WITH THE PHYSICIAN, says the FDA.”
[Emphasis added]

What kind of close monitoring is this when he hangs himself in a
nurses office?! Why did none of the professionals working with Montana
withdraw him from the medications which had been producing these
suicidal thoughts for some time BEFORE he lost his life? I see these
FAR TOO OFTEN and the children are getting younger and younger as
those who should be caring for them ignore these strong FDA warnings
that are the next closest thing there is to banning a group of drugs!

Ann Blake-Tracy, Executive Director,
International Coalition for Drug Awareness

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Medical examiner confirms death of 9-year-old Colony boy was suicide

11:13 PM CST on Thursday, February 18, 2010

By WENDY HUNDLEY/The Dallas Morning News
whundley@dallasnews.com

The Tarrant County medical examiner’s office ruled Thursday that a
9-year-old boy from The Colony committed suicide.

Montana Lance

The determination rules out speculation that Montana Lance’s death was
an accident.

Montana was found hanging in a bathroom at Stewart’s Creek Elementary
School around 1 p.m. Jan. 21. He was taken to Baylor Medical Center at
Carrollton, where he was pronounced dead.

Lt. Darren Brockway of The Colony police said the medical examiner’s
ruling is consistent with police conclusions about the death.

“He’d gotten in trouble at school and panicked,” Brockway said. “He
just felt there was no other way out.”

There had been speculation that Montana watched a television show
about teen suicide the night before his death and was copying what he
saw with no real intention to kill himself.

“We ruled that out as an option after talking to his parents,”
Brockway said. “He didn’t watch that show.”

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Link: Leave your condolences for the family of Montana Lance

Still, experts say children as young as Montana may not fully
comprehend the consequences of their actions. A suicidal act may be a
spur-of-the-moment act, like an outburst or a tantrum, they say.

“It was more of a conscious decision he made in a moment of high
anxiety,” Brockway said.

A spokesman for the Lance family could not be reached for comment
Thursday. A police report says Montana’s father had insisted the death
was accidental.

Brockway said Montana had been upset on the day of his death after he
was sent to the office for misbehaving in class. He locked himself in
the school nurse’s restroom and didn’t come out.

After about 10 minutes, the nurse got a key to open the door and found
the child unconscious.

Montana had attached the buckle of a brown cloth belt to a hook of a
device used to help disabled people use the restroom, according to a
police report. He was found with the belt around his neck with his
feet off the floor. Police found no notes or messages.

He had been taking medication for mood swings and for attention
deficit hyperactivity disorder, and had been having suicidal thoughts
for about two years, the police report states.

In 2007, Montana’s parents, Jason and Debbie Lance, sought treatment
for their son for ADHD.

In 2008, they told the doctor that the boy had been talking about
committing suicide, and he was referred to a psychiatrist, according
to the police report.

After Montana’s death, Child Protective Services opened an
investigation to determine whether abuse or neglect were contributing
factors.

That investigation has not been completed, but the family’s other two
children have not been removed from the home, CPS spokeswoman Marissa
Gonzales said.

Gonzales said CPS has had no prior involvement with the Lances and
routinely investigates child fatalities.

With the medical examiner’s ruling, police plan to close their
investigation with no charges filed, Brockway said.

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ANTIDEPRESSANTS: Court overturns conviction in 2005 child neglect case

When Schieck discussed the plea agreement, the court said he was aware that
Snyder “had a significant history of mental health problems, including a
previous institutionalization, antidepressant prescriptions and recent suicide
attempts.”

  • Saturday, January 30, 2010
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    Court overturns conviction in 2005 child

    neglect case

    By Cy Ryan

    Fri, Jan 15, 2010 (3:40 p.m.)

    CARSON CITY – In a 2-1 decision, the Nevada Supreme Court has voided the
    second-degree murder conviction of Charlene Snyder in a highly publicized child

    neglect case in Las Vegas.

    The court said trial lawyer David Schieck failed to request a psychiatric
    evaluation prior to advising her to plead guilty.

    Snyder’s 2-year-old daughter, Adacelli, had cerebral palsy and weighed only
    11 pounds at the time of her death in the summer of 2005. She was found dead
    inside the family’s mobile home in a room filled with animal and human feces and
    rotting food.

    When Schieck discussed the plea agreement, the court said he was aware that
    Snyder “had a significant history of mental health problems, including a
    previous institutionalization, antidepressant prescriptions and recent suicide
    attempts.”

    The court said the lawyer was aware “of the highly unusual behavior she
    exhibited in allowing her home to, in effect, become a cesspool.

    In light of trial counsel’s knowledge, he was unreasonable in failing to
    request a psychiatric evaluation prior to counseling appellant (Snyder) to plead
    guilty.”

    Schieck had testified he did not order the evaluation because he believed
    Snyder was competent. The court said, “the standard for competency is not the
    same as that for insanity, nor is it relevant to appellant’s state of mind when
    her daughter died.”

    The court said a psychiatric evaluation may have supported the only line of
    defense for Snyder of “insanity or that she lacked the requisite state of
    mind.”

    The majority decision was signed Justices Michael Cherry and Michael Douglas.
    Dissenting was Justice Mark Gibbons, who said Snyder had not met her burden to
    show her lawyer was incompetent.

    Snyder, now 32, will return to district court in Las Vegas for new
    proceedings.

    Both Snyder and her boyfriend Jack Richardson, now 29, were sentenced to
    terms of 10 years to life on the second-degree murder conviction.

    Discussion: 2 comments so far…

    1. By LasVegasLawyerGal
      1/15/10 at 4:57 p.m.

      Of course, the part not mentioned by the article is that in practice,
      requesting a psych eval for one’s client means a transfer of the matter to
      Judge Glass–who rarely, if ever, finds anyone incompetent. This is not to
      dispute that attorneys should request psych evals when it appears to them that
      mental competency is in issue–but it is a bit rich for our Supreme Court to
      posit that a psych eval would have magically changed the outcome.

    2. By Launce
      1/16/10 at 4:19 p.m.

      LVLG is correct, but nonetheless, the Court shows some intestinal fortitude
      in sending this back to District Court. The mob’s hunger for blood
      notwithstanding, this is a clear example of someone who could not, should not
      be responsible for the care of a disabled infant. The mob wants to punish
      Snyder for the community’s failure to look out for the most
      vulnerable.

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    ANTIDEPRESSANT: Mother of Columbine killer tells of horror 10 yrs after massacre

    Michael Moore obtained a copy of Ann Blake-Tracy’s book at the premiere of his movie Bowling for Columbine. Now listen to his bold statement about what really did cause Columbine.


    SEE FULL VIDEO Click here

    INFO ON OTHER SCHOOL SHOOTINGS

    Mark Taylors Site.
    NOTE FROM Ann Blake-Tracy: Michael Moore, after reviewing all
    the data on Columbine in making his movie, Bowling for Columbine, made his
    message clear in the new movie The Drugging of Our Children about what he NOW
    believes caused Columbine. Click on his picture to view his video
    statement at www.drugawareness.org

    In all of these articles out yesterday in the news covering the story by
    Dylan’s mother there is STILL no mention of any medication use on Dylan’s part.
    Yet we have a friend of Dylan’s who came forward claiming to have been helping
    him withdraw from both Zoloft and Paxil.
    But the coroner claims they found nothing in his system (I could go into
    why that report is suspect but will save that for another time).
    IF there really was nothing in his system, was Dylan in withdrawal from his
    SSRIs at that point? We know that withdrawal can produce that same extreme out
    of character violence since the REM Sleep Behavior Disorder (RBD) is more
    prevalent in the withdrawal from these drugs than while on them. And yet of
    those being diagnosed with RBD a staggering 86% were taking an antidepressant!
    (To learn more about RBD read my FDA testimony on comedian Phil Hartman and is
    wife’s Zoloft-induced murder/suicide – a classic case of RBD also found posted
    at www.drugawareness.org.)
    And if Dylan had been taking antidepressants were they prescribed to
    Dylan? If not, where was he getting them? (Let us point out that anyone can
    obtain these drugs easily. They have been sold in the streets since the early
    90’s to be used recreationally and samples can be found ANYWHERE. Someone just
    let me know that they found a bottle of Effexor in a shoe at a second
    hand store!) Was a friend sharing their prescription? It happens regularly
    from reports I get from kids. Were either of his parents taking one that he was
    using for himself?
    Years ago I was called in on a case of a 19 year old who was staying with a
    married couple where the wife had been prescribed Zoloft and did not like how it
    made her feel. She stopped taking it and placed in on top of the fridge. So when
    the young man started feeling a little down he remembered the pills were for
    depression and were suppose to help you feel better. So he took a couple, waited
    a couple of hours and took more because he still was not feeling any better.
    Then again took more a little later expecting to feel better right away. After

    about five pills he recalls nothing about stabbing a man over 100 times with a
    screwdriver.

    Mother
    of Columbine killer tells of horror 10 years after massacre

    •Susan Klebold says she is haunted by school killings
    •’I cannot look at a child without thinking about it’

    Columbine High School student Dylan Klebold

    Dylan
    Klebold pictured in the 1999 Columbine High School yearbook. Photograph:
    Reuters/© Ho New

    The
    mother of one of the two teenagers who murdered a dozen fellow students and a
    teacher in the massacre at Columbine high school has broken a decade of

    silence to say that she is unable to look at another child without thinking
    about the horror and suffering her son caused.

    Susan
    Klebold, whose son Dylan and another youth, Eric Harris, hunted down pupils at
    the Colorado school with shotguns, a semi-automatic pistol and a rifle before
    killing themselves, has described her trauma over her son’s actions.

    “For
    the rest of my life, I will be haunted by the horror and anguish Dylan caused,”
    she wrote in O, The Oprah Magazine. “I cannot look at a child in a grocery
    store or on the street without thinking about how my son’s schoolmates spent the
    last moments of their lives. Dylan changed everything I believed about myself,
    about God, about family and about love.”

    Neither
    the Klebold nor Harris families has spoken about the massacre, in which 21
    students were also wounded.

    Klebold
    recounts how the last word she heard from her son was a gruff goodbye as he
    rushed out of the door early on the morning of the killings in April 1999.

    “I
    was getting dressed for work when I heard Dylan bound down the stairs and open
    the front door … I poked my head out of the bedroom. ‘Dyl?’ All he said was
    ‘Bye.’ … His voice had sounded sharp. I figured he was mad because he’d had
    to get up early to give someone a lift to class. I had no idea that I had just
    heard his voice for the last time,” she said.

    Dylan
    Klebold was headed to make a final video with Harris to say goodbye and
    apologise to their families before they drove to the school to plant bombs,
    which failed to detonate, and to carry through their plan to kill their fellow
    students.

    After
    the killings, the authorities said there were indications that the two youths
    were disturbed and hints of the looming catastrophe. Harris’s blog included
    instructions on how to make explosives and, later, angry denunciations of
    society that attracted the attention of the police after Harris posted a death
    threat against another student. Closer to the massacre, Harris listed his
    stockpile of weapons and posted a hit list. Klebold was less overt but with
    Harris made secret videos of their weapons and wrote in his diary of a desire to
    plan an attack that would match the bombing in Oklahoma City by rightwing
    militiamen that killed 168 people.

    Klebold
    writes that she had no idea that Dylan was contemplating killing himself or
    anyone else. “From the writings Dylan left behind, criminal psychologists have
    concluded that he was depressed and suicidal. I’d had no inkling of the battle
    Dylan was waging in his mind,” she wrote.

    “Dylan’s
    participation in the massacre was impossible for me to accept until I began to
    connect it to his own death. Once I saw his journals, it was clear to me that
    Dylan entered the school with the intention of dying there. In order to
    understand what he might have been thinking, I started to learn all I could
    about suicide.”

    Five
    years after the killings, the FBI said they believe that Harris was a clinical
    psychopath who masterminded the plan and Klebold depressive.

    The
    massacre continues to generate debate about the motives of the two youths and
    whether anything could have been done to stop them. The magazine said that Susan
    Klebold was not paid for the article and will not be making an appearance on
    Oprah Winfrey’s television
    show.


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    09/24/1999 – John Horgan New York Times Interview

    Here’s an insightful interview from the New York Time with Mr. John
    Horgan, entitled “A Heretic Takes On the Science of the Mind.”

    In 1996, Mr. Horgan, then a senior writer with The Scientific American,
    published “The End of Science: Facing the Limits of Knowledge in the
    Twilight of the Scientific Age,” a 281-page essay in which he argued
    that scientific inquiry has gone about as far as it can go and that the
    questions remaining for it to answer are unanswerable. Many scientists
    were outraged, but the book sold nearly 200,000 copies.

    This month, Mr. Horgan will no doubt be making a new set of enemies
    with the release of his latest work — “The Undiscovered Mind — How
    the Human Mind Defies Replication, Medication and Explanation” (Free
    Press, $25). “I think of myself as a heretic,” he says, “who is
    challenging the central dogma that scientific progress is eternal.”

    Copyright 1999 The New York Times Company

    http://www10.nytimes.com/library/national/science/092199sci-conversatio
    n-horgan.html

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