Poem about lockdowns in Somerville kindergarten class draws reaction from parents

Hugh Fox
June 11, 2018

A kindergarten in MA is teaching children how to survive school shootings with a reworked nursery rhyme that shares a tune with "Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star".

A poster in a kindergarten classroom of lyrics to a song about lockdown drills is stoking the hearts of the public and stirring a debate about gun control in America. "A part of me is glad they showed her, and another part of me is just sick that it had to happen".

The post, written on Wednesday, had been shared more than 8,000 times and retweeted nearly 20,000 times at the time of writing. She said she was happy that it was eliciting such a reaction by people because "it's important not to normalise school shootings". Now it's time to have some fun!'

A young mother has revealed her shock after discovering a "jarring" nursery rhyme taught to pupils at her five-year-old daughter's future kindergarten.

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Speaking to The Boston Globe, Cohen said that while she was disturbed by the rhyme, she understood why it was there. As she said: "These are the things they unfortunately have to do".

Social media users are calling the poster simply heartbreaking.

Somerville Mayor Joseph Curtatone and Superintendent Mary Skipper released a joint statement to The Globe and said: "This is, unfortunately, the world we live in today".

A mom's photo from her child's classroom has prompted a discussion online about lockdowns and mass shooting drills in school. "Stay outraged... I think that that's important", she added.

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"Lockdown drills are necessary in this country because until stronger gun reform laws are enacted and the plague of gun violence eradicated, there must be systems in place to keep our schools and students safe", he said.

There have been more than 20 school shootings this year alone.

"Yet we all know that one of the most important roles we have as educators and community leaders is to ensure that all of our students and staff members are safe and prepared in case of an emergency".

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