US school uses lullaby to teach kids about lockdown drills

Jun 09, 2018, 08:56 IST | Agencies

Her post had been shared more than 18,000 times by Thursday afternoon and drew hundreds of comments

US school uses lullaby to teach kids about lockdown drills

A Massachusetts kindergarten class is drawing attention for using a lullaby to teach students about lockdown drills. Taped to the classroom's chalkboard is a rhyme set to "Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star," rewritten telling students what to do if there's a shooter. Parent Georgy Cohen noticed the poster while visiting the Somerville school. 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. Cohen told The Boston Globe the poster was "jarring," adding that students didn't have to deal with those types of threats when she was in kindergarten.

She and Somerville Public Schools declined to identify the school, but district officials confirmed it was the work of one teacher and is not used across all of the city's schools. 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.

The rhyme
"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!"

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