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Teresa Rhoades

South Bend Tribune (Indiana)

January 19, 2005

Student's parents object to TeenScreen notice

By: DAVID RUMBACH

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OSCEOLA -- The parents of a Penn High School sophomore are questioning the passive procedure being used to obtain parental permission for a suicide risk-mental health screening called TeenScreen.

Parents at Penn and other schools could withhold their children from the screening by returning a form mailed to their houses. Parents who did not sign the form and return it were considered to have given permission for TeenScreen.

Teresa Rhoades of Osceola says that procedure does not ensure parents are aware of the program and they really intend for their children to participate.

Teresa Rhoades and her husband, Michael, said they're upset that their daughter took the screening without their knowledge.

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