Lockdown rhyme draws attention in Somerville

Leroy Wright
June 8, 2018

A photo of a poster with directions for what kindergartners should do in the event of a lockdown drill - written to the tune of "Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star" - is going viral online.

It begins "Lockdown, lockdown, lock the door".

Shut off the lights, say no more.

A mother visiting the Somerville school posted an image of the poster Wednesday to Twitter.

Teaching children to make a classroom appear empty comes in the wake of dozens of school shootings in the past few years, one of which - the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in Newtown, CT - claimed the lives of 20 six and seven-year-old children.

Now it's time to have some fun.

A USA mother has shared a confronting image from her daughter's prospective kindergarten classroom, showing the instructions for a lockdown drill put to the tune of Twinkle Twinkle Little Star.

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Ms Cohen came across the poem while touring the school her child will attend after the summer holidays. She later tweeted that the school is doing what it needs to do, adding: "My issue is with the political & cultural factors that brought us to this sad state".

"I can understand why it was put to that song, to help kids understand it without panicking", he said".

Since posting, Cohen's tweet has gained more than 25,000 likes and 12,000 retweets. Kids in Austria only know fire drills.

"Lockdown drills are necessary in this country because until stronger gun reform laws are enacted and the plague of gun violence eradicated, there must be systems in place to keep our schools and students safe", he said.

In a joint statement to the Globe on Thursday, Somerville Mayor Joseph Curtatone and Superintendent Mary Skipper said as much as the city would like for lockdown drills not to be part of students' educational experiences, "unfortunately, this is the world we live in". "It was different - we didn't have these same types of threats".

They agreed with Cohen's initial assessment of the circumstances, calling the need for lockdowns "jarring" for students, educators, and families.

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