There have been over 20 U.S. school shootings in 2018 alone. Teachers, very aware of this fact, have been taking extra steps to ensure their students know what to do in the event of a lockdown.
Of course, the gun violence epidemic doesn’t discriminate based on age, so even kindergarten classrooms have to know basic lockdown procedures, and how better to teach them than with a song? A very dark, depressing song.
Twitter user Georgy Cohen, whose child is about to start kindergarten, shared a picture of one such song from a classroom she visited:
This should not be hanging in my soon-to-be-kindergartener’s classroom. pic.twitter.com/mWiJVdddpH— Georgy Cohen (@radiofreegeorgy) June 6, 2018
Here are the song’s lyrics:
Lock the door.
Shut the lights off.
Say no more.
Go behind the desk and hide.
Wait until it’s safe inside.
It’s all done.
Now it’s time to have some fun!
Twitter was enraged that even children so young had to face the realities gun violence.
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
I am so sorry for all of you.?— Nuclear Football (@EuphoricEuler) June 6, 2018
Kids in Austria only know fire drills.
Which amount to a leisurely stroll to the school yard...
Thats how it should be
Children now even play games centered around the possibility of a school shooting.
My girls were playing “teacher” this past weekend. They had math time, snack time, a reading nook and practiced their active shooter drill.— Tia X_line (@TiaX_line) June 7, 2018
Yeah. They already do the drills in pre K. Z was excited about it as a game to see if you can stay quiet for “one whole minute.” ?— Georgy Cohen (@radiofreegeorgy) June 6, 2018
Cohen’s original tweet has gone viral, with over 72k favorites and 35k comments. She took the opportunity to post about the importance of calling one’s representatives in the government and advocate for gun reform.
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
She also wanted to be clear that none of her outrage is directed at the school, which is only doing what it must to keep its children safe:
I’m only going to add one more comment to this: the school is doing exactly what they need to be doing, and I am glad for it. My issue is with the political & cultural factors that brought us to this sad state. Please talk to your legislators about the need for gun reform.— Georgy Cohen (@radiofreegeorgy) June 7, 2018
But people on social media still wished our world was a little safer for children.
“And now it’s time to have some fun” This Literally makes me sick to stomach.— ? (@hazelandbay) June 7, 2018
Ring a round the Rosie was about the bubonic plague so I guess this enters the history books as a similar artifact— Gloria S Kim (@polyhedrally) June 7, 2018
Just beyond shocking and disgraceful— Tara Kilmartin (@tarakilmartin) June 7, 2018
People understand, however, that teachers are just trying to help.
I agree, why would we try to save lives through these drills (just like fire drills)...it sucks but it's reality until we figure this problem out. Nobody likes the situation but you can't just complain and it disappears. #Credit for teachers trying— Mike Green (@Green_Recruiter) June 7, 2018
Jesus Christ, this is NOT what teachers & students should be taught. This is totally insane. This gun epidemic needs to be reigned in.— TheresaI (@Otispfudpucker) June 7, 2018
Twitter users are making their voices heard in Congress!
My “congressional representatives” are Cornyn, Cruz, and Michael Burgess. They will NEVER advocate for reform, they’re bought and paid for by the NRA.— TX Activist Mom (@OneBluntMom) June 8, 2018
As a teacher myself, this is horrifying, but I will do whatever it takes to protect my kids.
SHAMEFUL!— McSally Won't Take A Stand (@RepresentMeAZ) June 7, 2018
And if your rep is like mine and won’t listen, get behind candidates who take zero dollars from the NRA.
We’ve gotta replace those who care more for their political power than the lives of those they represent.
Have done all 3. My senators and Rep are all Dems and support reform. I donate to both Sandyhook and Everytown. I'm so beyond frustrated with this situation....— Holly Ostrander (@holly_ostrander) June 7, 2018
It seems we live in a country where young children must regularly worry about what a school shooting would be like.
Perhaps it’s time we take steps to change the situation—whatever those steps may be.
My heart breaks for you. This should not be a reality in kindergarten.— suezjulz sarcasm (@SueLawr30382612) June 7, 2018