Is someone who works with children required to disclose mental illness?
May 29, 2014 4:55 PM Subscribe
I know someone who is a teacher and he has schizophrenia. He takes medication for it and functions ok. But before he came to this country (he immigrated from Canada) he had a psychotic break where he ran down the streets with a knife, cut himself and attempted to cut others. He was taken in by police, forcibly commited and put on medication. Then he immigrated to this country. Perhaps because he didn't want to be around anyone who remembered this or maybe Canada makes it difficult to get a job as a teacher after you've had a violent break like this... I'm not sure.
posted by manderin to Law & Government (65 answers total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
But the point is that here in America, no one at his job knows about his previous break so there's no one to keep an eye on him if he becomes dangerous to the students. I thought of letting the principal of the school know, so that he can at least know what to do if this person's behavior starts to change, but then I thought- what right do I have to do this? And then I thought- if something happens to one of those kids one day will it be my fault for not letting anyone in the school know? He doesn't want people to know about his illness, but the truth is that most people know there's SOMETHING not 100% about him just by looking at him. They just figure he has turrets or something benign like that, they don't realize it's paranoid Schizophrenia. Is there a requirement for a school to know if a teacher has a severe mental illness and at least one bought of violence from it in the past?