‘LOCKDOWN, LOCKDOWN, LOCK THE DOOR’ Song teaches US nursery school kids how to survive mass shootings to the tune of ‘Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star’

The verse was spotted by an eagle-eyed parent in Somervile, Massachusetts, US, who shared it on Twitter.

Taking to Twitter, mum Georgy Cohen said: "This should not be hanging in my soon-to-be kindergartener's classroom".

The poster read: "Lockdown, lockdown, lock the door. Shut the lights off, say no more.

"Go behind the desk and hide, wait until it's safe inside.

"Lockdown, lockdown, it's all done. Now it's time to have some fun."

The tweet, posted on June 6, quickly amassed over 77,000 likes and sparked outrage online.

Governor of New York Andrew Cuomo said: "Kindergarteners should be learning the alphabet and playing, not practicing lockdown drills.

"The fact that a whole generation is growing up this way is an indictment on our Federal Government – and the NRA-bought politicians who still refuse to act."

While twitter user @Megannkoontz added: "How is this the world we live in? Utterly unfathomable, and yet…"

But @Kyliemac10 replied: "Most of the rest of the sane world does not live like this…. This is uniquely disturbing to America."

Weighing in on the poster, Dictionary.com tweeted: "Disconcerting means 'disturbing to one's composure or self-possession; upsetting, discomfiting.

"See also: Kindergarteners singing nursery rhymes about school lockdowns."

Defending the poster, mum Georgy added: "The school is doing exactly what they need to be doing, and I am glad for it. My issue is with the political & cultural factors that brought us to this sad state."

In a statement to the Boston Herald, Superintendent Mary Skipper and city Mayor Joseph Curtatone applauded the teacher’s creativity, but they said that lockdown drills have become as common as fire drills.

"As much as we would prefer that school lockdowns not be a part of the educational experience, unfortunately this is the world we live in.

"It is jarring – it’s jarring for students, for educators and for families.

"Just like school fire drills, lockdown drills have sadly become a common practice in schools, and educators do everything they can to reduce students’ anxiety and stress so that they remember what to do in a real situation.

"This poem is an example of how one of our educators used a rhyme to help her young students stay calm and remember the key steps they would need to follow during a drill or real emergency."

In December 2012, Adam Lanza, 20, fatally shot 20 children between six and seven years old, as well as six adult staff members at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut.

The US has seen 23 school shootings in 2018, an average of almost one shooting a week, according to CNN. 

On February 14 this year, a 19-year-old ex-student shot 17 students and teachers in just ten minutes using a semi-automatic rifle at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida.

Following the Parkland shooting, President Donald Trump came under fire as he claimed the answer to the issues would be arming teachers to prevent future mass shootings.



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