What Gun Violence Does: Teaching Kindergarteners Lockdown Nursery Rhymes

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This is what we’ve come to: Kindergarteners are now learning lockdown drills in nursery rhyme form, in light of rampant incidences of gun violence and school shootings across the country.

Mother to incoming kindergartener Georgy Cohen decided to check in on the classroom her five year old will spend every morning in come fall, and came to a truly shocking sight.


Written in colorful pen with accompanying pictures are guidelines to getting through a lockdown written in nursery rhyme form, and obviously Georgy is aghast.

Cosmopolitan found that the rhyme can be sung to the tune of ‘Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star’, and since she’s posted, it’s already amassed 30, 000 retweets.

“It’s jarring,” Cohen, who is from Massachusetts, told The Boston Globe on Thursday.

“When I was in kindergarten, we had fire drills. It was different, we didn’t have these same types of threats.”

It isn’t her intention to shame the school or discourage it either, she clarified.

“These are the things they unfortunately have to do,” Cohen said. “I get it,” but adds that to hear children singing about lockdowns was hard for her to take in.

Somerville Mayor Joseph Curtatone and Superintendent Mary Skipper released a joint statement to the Globe and said that this is, unfortunately, is the kind of America we have to live with right now.

“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.”

Cohen encouraged Twitter users to support congressional representatives and groups advocating for laws on gun reform, adding that she ‘glad’ the school needed to be doing what it needed to in light of the climate on school shootings.

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