The Somerville, Massachusetts classroom appears to have turned their lockdown protocol into a nursery rhyme similar to "Twinkle Twinkle Little Star."


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,” wrote Cohen alongside the photo. According to, 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:

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.

Many parents from other countries even contributed words of condolences:

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.

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.


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