Published: Mon, June 11, 2018
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

Chilling School Shooting ‘Lockdown’ Nursery Rhyme Goes Viral

Chilling School Shooting ‘Lockdown’ Nursery Rhyme Goes Viral

A poster, seen hanging on the chalkboard, has lyrics to a song about classroom lockdowns largely written in colorful markers.

A MA mother posted a now-viral photo online of a kindergarten classroom poster explaining lockdown procedures through a rhyme.

She added: "Part of their job is to educate and keep my kids safe and I feel confident they are going to do both of those things to the best of their ability".

Her original post was tweeted more than 21,000 times as of Thursday evening.

But a poster in a Somerville, Mass., school caught the attention of Georgy Cohen and her husband, Rick Healey - and it didn't have anything to do with ABCs or washing your hands.

Parent Georgy Cohen noticed the poster while visiting the Somerville school Wednesday. Now it's time to have some fun!'

The mother of a five-year-old girl in the U.S. shared a picture of a rhyme that teaches toddlers how to prepare for a mass shooting, that has gone viral with people expressing outrage, media reported.

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She found the sight of it "jarring", according to the Boston Globe.

But practicing how to survive a school shooting is now also a part of everyday life for some 4- to 5-year-old pupils.

Not everyone agrees, and her post is sparking heated conversations online about the appropriate way to prepare young kids for the worst. "Stay outraged. And if it gets somebody to do something - to give money to an organisation or to call their representatives ... then great, I think that that's important".

Somerville Mayor Joseph Curtatone and Somerville Schools Superintendent Mary Skipper said in a joint statement to the Globe that the poem is a sad reflection of today's necessity for teachers to be cautious about shootings. She urged her followers to talk to legislators about the importance of gun reform.

Since the beginning of the year, there have been 23 school shootings with someone hurt or killed, or more than one a week, CNN reported.

"It is jarring - it's jarring for students, for educators, and for families", the statement said.

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