School uses lul­laby to teach kids about lock­down drills

Manteca Bulletin - - Opinion / Nation -

SOMERVILLE, Mass. (AP) — 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.

It 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.

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.

The Somerville dis­trict en­rolls about 5,000 stu­dents in a sub­urb north of Bos­ton.

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.”

The poem, which is writ­ten in bright col­ors on over­sized lined pa­per, ends on a lighter note than it begins: “Lock­down, lock­down, it’s all done. Now it’s time to have some fun!”

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