Unfortunately, today, we live in a world where parents send their children off to school with the lingering fear their own will become the next victim of a mass shooting. For any parent, this is an excruciating reality that gets more real by the day, as proven by one mother through a shocking Facebook post of school lockdown instructions she noticed in her child’s kindergarten classroom. As shown in the photo, the instructions—which display a very serious and frightening how-to—are color-coded into a lyrical piece for the students. We have yet to see anything like this before.
This should not be hanging in my soon-to-be-kindergartener’s classroom. pic.twitter.com/mWiJVdddpH
— Georgy Cohen (@radiofreegeorgy) June 6, 2018
“This should not be hanging in my soon-to-be kindergartener’s classroom,” wrote Cohen alongside the photo. According to Scarymommy.com, the poster appeared in a classroom in Somerville, MA.
The post—which received 17K retweets, 37K likes, and 1.8K comments—caused quite a stir on the social media site:
As the parent of a kindergarten teacher, that almost makes me cry.
— Kathleen O'Brien (@OBrienLedger) June 7, 2018
My son just finished 1st grade and had to practice this and told me it made him so scared and he’s afraid of a school shooting. Again, he just finished 1st grade?
— Kara Goucher (@karagoucher) June 7, 2018
I've had lockdown drills my entire life but this still hit me like a truck ?
— charred.. 2 mny szles (@melodyygirl1) June 7, 2018
I don't consider myself someone who gets emotional easily. I have three kids in elementary school. I sobbed when I read this.
— William Murphy (@BillMurphy75) June 7, 2018
One mom even pointed out how the instructions appear in the same tune as “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star” in which Cohen noted these drills are occurring in Pre-K classrooms.
Jesus, that’s to the tune of the alphabet song, and Twinkle Twinkle... what a horrifying contribution to the songbook.
— Margot Bloomstein (@mbloomstein) June 6, 2018
Many parents from other countries even contributed words of condolences:
I am so sorry for all of you.? . Kids in Austria only know fire drills. Which amount to a leisurely stroll to the school yard... Thats how it should be
— Nuclear Football (@EuphoricEuler) June 6, 2018
Good god i love living in australia
— joshua???? (@JD15101) June 7, 2018
How terribly terribly sad that this needs to be on display. As a teaching assistant in a UK school, I cannot imagine having to have that in our classrooms.
— isabelle cooke (@franglaise71) June 7, 2018
Words really can't describe how impactful and symbolic this photo is. We shouldn't be living in a world where children are in danger when trying to receive an education. Thankfully moms like Cohen are taking the opportunity to inform their government officials and create change.
So I don’t have a SoundCloud but I, like most of you, have congressional representatives I can call to advocate for gun reform https://t.co/ivEa1qdnl2 Or we can support orgs like @Everytown and @SandyHook
— Georgy Cohen (@radiofreegeorgy) June 7, 2018
As hard as this is to see, we thank you for sharing. This is the reality of today's world and it must be addressed.