US Kindergartens Are Teaching Nursery Rhymes About School Shootings

Shouldn't be in kindergarten’ Lockdown rhyme tells kids how to evade active shooter

Shouldn't be in kindergarten’ Lockdown rhyme tells kids how to evade active shooter

A mother visiting the school posted a photo of the sign on Twitter with the comment, "this should not be hanging in my soon-to-be kindergartner's classroom".

The rhyme teaches children what to do in case of a lockdown, sung to the tune of "Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star".

Lock the door.Shut the lights off. Go behind the desk and hide ...

Lockdown, lockdown, it's all done.

"Lockdown, Lockdown/It's all done/Now it's time to have some fun!". But later she tweeted a message saying that the school was "doing exactly what they need to be doing".

U.S. in the past few months have witnessed major school massacres, including the February 14 shootout at a high school in Florida that killed 17 people prompting widespread calls to reform gun laws.

WBUR's All Things Considered host Lisa Mullins spoke with Somerville School Superintendent Mary Skipper.

Ms Cohen told U.S. newspaper The Boston Globe, the poster was "jarring" and said students didn't have to deal with those types of threats when she was in kindergarten.

But in a statement Somerville Public Schools said lockdown drills are a sad necessity, adding that "unfortunately this is the world we live in".

She did mention, however, that in light of recent events, she worries the song may be normalizing school shootings and that she wants to people to remain sensitive to the issue.

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.

Cohen saw the photo while she and Healey were touring the school, where their daughter will attend kindergarten next fall. "It was different - we didn't have these same types of threats", she told the publication.

"When I was in kindergarten, we had fire drills".

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 read.

There have been more than 20 school shootings already in 2018.

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