Massachusetts School Creates Lockdown Lullaby for School Shootings

Cheryl Sanders
June 11, 2018

The song is set to the tune of "Twinkle Twinkle Little Star".

"The country is a horror movie", one Twitter user said, while another said "Kindergarteners [sic] should be learning the alphabet and playing, not practicing lockdown drills".

Cohen told The Boston Globe on Thursday that she saw the "jarring" poster while touring a kindergarten in Somerville on Wednesday for her 5-year-old daughter.

"The school is doing exactly what they need to be doing, and I am glad for it."
"It's all done / Now it's time to have some fun".


The mother of a five-year-old girl in the USA shared a picture of a rhyme that teaches toddlers how to prepare for a mass shooting.

Speaking to The Boston Globe, Cohen said that while she was disturbed by the rhyme, she understood why it was there.

"These are the things they unfortunately have to do", Cohen told the newspaper. The image instantly resonated on social media and brings a new voice to the Second Amendment debate. Instead, she is upset that the widespread instances of gun violence plaguing American educational institutions have made such nursery rhymes a mandatory in childhood classrooms.

Since more than 20 school shootings have taken place in 2018 so far, educators are taking serious measures to teach students what to do in the event of an active shooter or other emergency on campus.


Somerville Public Schools did not reveal to HuffPost which school had the poster, but a statement to HuffPost from Mayor Joseph A. Curtatone and Superintendent of Schools Mary Skipper calls the poem a result of "the world we live in".

"To be shocked by it is important", she added. In the wake of the Parkland school shooting that left 17 people dead, there has been widespread discussions about lockdown drills that have become increasingly common in the wake of school shootings such as Columbine in 1999 and Sandy Hook in 2012. She urged her followers to talk to legislators about the importance of gun reform.

They agreed with Cohen's initial assessment of the circumstances, calling the need for lockdowns "jarring" for students, educators, and families.

"Students in Somerville and across the country know how unnatural this is", a statement from the pair said.


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