School district officials in San Bernardino County, Calif., have discontinued a controversial policy that required elementary school students to kneel down before their school’s principal in order to be dismissed for class.
Principal Dana Carter instituted the policy at Calimesa Elementary School. A superintendant with the school district said the policy was implemented this year as a “positive behavioral intervention.”
The policy has been dropped after a flyer distributed by a parent of a Calimesa Elementary student criticized the idea.
“Did you know? Your child is being told to stop and kneel down before the administration,” the flyer said. “They have to wait until they are excused by them to return to class from lunch and recess.”
The flyer closes by asking parents “Is it OK for your son and/or daughter to kneel down to them?”
The school district sent out a recorded message to all parents of the school’s students notifying them that the policy was revoked.
One mother spoke to the media about the policy, saying she was uncomfortable with the idea of her child kneeling in front of Principal Carter.
“She says that she has to drop down on one knee with her hands at her side, wait for the principal to come out, lift his arms and tell them to go to class,” said the mom. “I feel that the principal wants to be like a king, and we don’t have kings in America.”