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‘We don’t have kings in America’: Parents’ outrage forces elementary school to scrap policy requiring students to KNEEL before principal

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By  Snejana Farberov

PUBLISHED: 15:13 EST, 22  August 2013 |  UPDATED: 18:21 EST, 22 August 2013


Your highness: Calimesa Elementary School Principal Dana  Carter had instituted a safety policy requiring students to kneel before him at  various times during the school day


Dana Carter is neither king nor pope, but until this week, the principal of a California elementary school had a policy in place requiring his students to kneel before him.

School district officials in San Bernardino  County announced Tuesday that kids at Calimesa Elementary School will no longer  have to ‘take a knee’ at various times during the day and wait for Principal  Carter or other school officials to dismiss them.

Carter, who was appointed to head the school  only three months ago according to his LinkedIn profile, apparently instituted  the kneeling policy as a safety measure.

According to a flyer that had been circulated  among parents, the former gym teacher-turned-school administrator aimed to  enforce safety in ‘a positive way’ by requiring children to drop down on one  knee before classes and after recess.

No everyone, however, was on board with  Carter’s unusual approach to on-campus safety.

Yucaipa Calimesa Unified School District  Superintendent Cali Binks told KCAL9 the policy will no longer be enforced after several  parents had complained.

One mother, who has a seven-year-old  daughter at Calimesa, told the station that her daughter was being  forced 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.


Genuflection 101: Kids at Calimesa Elementary School had  been required to ‘take a knee’ at before classes and after recess and wait for  Principal Carter to dismiss them



Parental backlash: The school district was forced to do  away with the odd safety policy after some parents complained in reaction to a  flyer that had been circulated criticizing the kneeling


‘I feel that the principal wants to be like a  king, and we don’t have kings in America,’ she added.

On Tuesday, parents received mass phone  notifications informing them that students will no longer be required to  genuflect effective immediately.

Mr Carter, who had spent five years working  as an assistant principal in the district, is expected to schedule a meeting  with parents to talk about alternative safety measures

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