Schools Are Using Lullabies To Teach Children Lockdown Drills For Shootings

A Massachusetts kindergarten classroom used "Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star" to teach students about lockdowns.

In Massachusetts, some kindergarten students are learning about school lockdowns by way of a lullaby, where the instructions for responding to a school shooter are set to the rhyme of “Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star”.

The Associated Press reported Thursday the rhyme begins “Lockdown, lockdown, lock the door. Shut the lights off, say no more.”

Parent Georgy Cohen noticed the poster while visiting the Somerville school Wednesday. She took a photo and posted it on Twitter, writing, “This should not be hanging in my soon-to-be-kindergartener’s classroom.”

Her post had been shared more than 18,000 times by Thursday afternoon and drew hundreds of comments. Many said it’s disturbing that children so young have to be prepared for a shooting.

Though the specific school has not been disclosed, district officials with Somerville Public Schools said the poster was created by one teacher, used solely in that room, and not used in classrooms throughout the district.

In a statement, Superintendent Mary Skipper and city Mayor Joseph Curtatone applauded the teacher’s creativity, but they lamented 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,” they wrote. “It is jarring — it’s jarring for students, for educators and for families.”

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