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Parents Angry About School Hands-on-knees Policy

Some parents in California are fighting an elementary school policy that makes their children "freeze" at the end of recess and assume what parents call a "victimizing" position.

The freeze position has already been discontinued at one school in the Folsom Cordova district. Mothers say it's still taking place at Navigator Elementary, and they say they're fighting for what's right for kids.

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?" Donna Brown, a parent said.

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 said. "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 and 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 Change.Org petition.

"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."

In a statement, a district spokesperson says: "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."

We spoke with some parents with students 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," Damar Grier said. "That's just my personal opinion though."

The 2 mothers also say a lot of parents don't know this is going on. They hope this brings more awareness to what's going on at kids schools in Rancho Cordova.