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In San Bernardino County, southern California, parents got a rude awakening in the form of a flyer from an outraged parent. Yes, for some time, Calimesa Elementary School had a policy unbeknownst to parents that involved making the children kneel down on one knee with arms at the their sides at various times throughout the day.
Principal Dana Carter admits to enacting the policy for children to get down on one knee to be dismissed or admitted (usually after recess) by himself or administration as a safety measure. That's not how some parents saw it. To them, it felt like an unnecessary subjugation for their kids to practically bow before the principal who would be king.
"I am a conservative. And I am a public school principal. That is spelled with "pal" as in principal is your pal by the way. Jumping to conclusions before knowing the real facts is what damages the conservative ideal. Perhaps this is a system, as mentioned above, of students demonstrating that they are ready and did hear the bell.
It is pretty much universal in large gatherings of students to have them raise their hands, sit, or show some sign that they are ready. Crowd control and safety are part of the responsibility of educators. Have you ever seen an unsupervised crowd of children charging down a hall? I have, kids get hurt. Order and walking in quiet lines in halls and public areas is important in the school setting for student safety."
Originally posted by roadgravel
reply to post by Kmhotaru
I would be concerned over what else is or might be going on in the school.
One mom told a Los Angeles station of her 7-year-old daughter:
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.
Principal Dana Carter admits to enacting the policy for children to get down on one knee to be dismissed or admitted (usually after recess) by himself or administration as a safety measure.