Mom: Freeze position for children is 'almost pornographic'

12:37 AM, Nov 2, 2013   |    comments
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RANCHO CORDOVA, CA - Some parents are outraged over a freeze position some kids are forced into in the Folsom Cordova Unified School District.

When recess ends at Navigator Elementary, the bell rings and kids are told to "freeze and put their hands on their knees."

"Why are we preparing our children to take a submissive position for the future?" parent Donna Brown asked.

Brown and Heather Neuman both have daughters at White Rock Elementary School, where the practice was just recently discontinued after they complained to the principal.

Neuman's daughter is in the 6th grade. She feels the position is victimizing, and almost pornographic.

"My daughter is bent over and assumed this position," Neuman explained. "She could be like that for 10 minutes, until you get kids to bend over and freeze."

Pictures taken of kids at Navigator Elementary show not everyone is freezing at the same time.

School officials, though, said it's supposed to calm kids down, make the walk back to class more orderly and prevent injuries.

But these mothers want the position banned at all schools in the district and even started a petition.

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"I do see a better solution," Brown said. "Our school did change its policy. Our school is doing freeze hands on your nose and every other week they're altering it."

The Folsom Cordova Unified School District Public Relations and Community Relations Officer Stephen Nichols released the following statement:

"At Folsom Cordova Schools, we take the concerns of our parents very seriously. We appreciate the opportunity to clarify any misconceptions that may exist concerning the freeze bell practice in place at some of our schools. While there is no district policy requiring our schools to utilize the practice, our school administrators are encouraged to implement practices that are in the best interest of students. At one school, a few parents voiced their concerns to the school principal and the district leadership regarding the freeze bell. We are happy that the principal and these parents came to an agreement and the practice was modified at that school. No parents voiced any concerns to the district or our principals at other schools where the practice is in place."

Other parents with studendt at Navigator Elementary said they weren't aware it was going on and aren't bothered by it.

"I don't really see a big deal," father Damar Grier said. "That's just my personal opinion though."

FACEBOOK: Parents sound off on "freeze position"

On News10's Facebook page, a majority of people said they didn't see anything wrong with the position.

"I think just about anyway our hard working teachers can get rowdy children attention is good," Robin Towers wrote.


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