Policy forcing elementary students to kneel for principal canceled after sparking outrageBy Mason White 5:20 AM August 26, 2013
By: David Ross
(Scroll down for video) An elementary school that forced its student to kneel until the principal dismissed them has been canceled after a flyer about the practice was distributed among parents in California.
School district officials in San Bernardino County said they stopped the policy that elementary students need to kneel before being dismissed from class.
Principal Dana Carter of the Calimesa Elementary School had instituted the policy, which calls for students at different times of the school day to kneel on one knee and wait for the principal or another administrator to dismiss them, as a security measure.
A flyer has been distributed among parents stating that Carter began the practice as “a positive way to enforce security” among students, usually just before school starts, or immediately after recess.
Yucaipa Calimesa Unified School District Superintendent Cali Binks said that the policy, which was described as a “positive behavioral intervention”, will no longer be applied in the Calimesa Elementary School after several parents spoke out against the practice.
Massive phone notifications were sent on Tuesday to inform parents that students were made to kneel.
At least one mother was upset to learn that her 7-year-old daughter was forced to kneel before Carter.
“My daughter said that she had to fall on her knees with her hands at her side, and wait for the principal to come out, and tell them to go to class,” the mother said.
“I feel that the principal wanted to be like a king, and we do not have kings in America,” she added.
District officials said that Carter will schedule another meeting with parents to plan additional security options on campus.