America’s gun problem, in one disturbing nursery rhyme

America's gun problem, in one disturbing nursery rhyme

A parent toured her daughter’s kindergarten and noticed a jarring poster on the wall. By now, most US public school students have learned to barricade their classroom doors, turn off the lights, and hide in a closet if a shooter bursts into their school. These mass shooting drills — also known as lockdown drills — are the sad reality of living in a country where kids are more likely to die in a school shooting than a school fire . That reality became jarringly clear Wednesday, when one parent toured her 5-year-old daughter’s future kindergarten in suburban Boston and noticed a disturbing nursery rhyme taped to the chalkboard. It was an eerie twist to “Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star,” reminding kids how to hide from a shooter during a lockdown. 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 parent, Georgy Cohen, was disturbed by the nursery rhyme and posted a photo of it on Twitter: The tweet went viral, striking a chord with thousands of parents across the country, whose own kids know these lockdown drills all too well. School shooting drills are the new normal The political stalemate over gun control has led schools to find creative ways to protect kids from gun violence. The most common response has been the mass shooting drill. Since Columbine, 32 states have passed laws […]

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America’s gun problem, in one disturbing nursery rhyme

America’s gun problem, in one disturbing nursery rhyme

Georgy Cohen/Twitter By now, most US public school students have learned to barricade their classroom doors, turn off the lights, and hide in a closet if a shooter bursts into their school. These mass shooting drills — also known as lockdown drills — are the sad reality of living in a country where kids are more likely to die in a school shooting than a school fire . That reality became jarringly clear Wednesday, when one parent toured her 5-year-old daughter’s future kindergarten in suburban Boston and noticed a disturbing nursery rhyme taped to the chalkboard. It was an eerie twist to “Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star,” reminding kids how to hide from a shooter during a lockdown. 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 parent, Georgy Cohen, was disturbed by the nursery rhyme and posted a photo of it on Twitter: The tweet went viral, striking a chord with thousands of parents across the country, whose own kids know these lockdown drills all too well. I DO NOT want to see this as my son enters kindergarten in August! This cannot be real. — KellyStaples (@Kelly_Staples) June 7, 2018 School shooting drills are the new normal The political stalemate over gun control has led schools to find creative ways to protect kids from gun violence. The most common response has […]

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