Kyle Brennan, in 2007, was an outgoing, forward– looking twenty year old. He was attending classes at a central Virginia Junior college– including courses in studio art, which he loved– and was planning on transferring to a four- year institution and earning a degree in liberal arts.
He was also struggling with social anxiety and depression, for which he had been prescribed Lexapro. Tragically, Kyle’s life was cut short on February 16, 2007 while visiting his biological father, Thomas Brennan in Clearwater, Florida.
During Kyle’s visit, Thomas Brennan attempted to place him on a dangerous Scientology–prescribed regimen of vitamins. Brennan’s auditor/advisor Denise Miscavige recommended that Kyle be committed to a Scientology influenced drug rehabilitation facility—Narconon. Neither Brennan nor Miscavige have a medical license, and they are not qualified to treat someone suffering from depression and anxiety. The withholding of depression medication and the forced vitamin therapy, it must be stressed, are mandated practices of the Church of Scientology.
Thomas Brennan and Denise Miscavige–were adhering to these practices when they forced their religious and medical beliefs on a youth who was not a Scientologist.
The Scientology view regarding anti-psychotropic medications is that they are equally dangerous as illegal drugs.
Thomas Brennan – despite the fact that he knew his son was struggling– locked Kyle’s medication in his vehicle, and left Kyle unsupervised and alone with a handgun and ammunition.
Was Kyle alone when he died? Not according to statements made under oath by Brennan and Miscavige /Gentile. They gave conflicting alibis as to where and what they were doing at or around the time of young Kyle’s death. In the very least, according to their own testimony, they would have been in the apartment for an extended period of time before calling for any type of assistance for Kyle. One must ask the question–why would they lie?
Kyle’s death was eminently avoidable. If he had been in a non-Scientology environment, he would have been encouraged to continue to stay on his medication. If Thomas Brennan had not adhered to the beliefs of “The Church of Scientology” and the medication had been left in the apartment and the weapon locked in the vehicle–Kyle would be alive today.