United States school shootings: Lullaby used to teach drills

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The nursery rhyme, written in large, colourful letters, appears to follow the same tune as the lullaby Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star, but tells the children what to do in the event of a school shooting.

A MA kindergarten class is drawing attention for using a lullaby to teach students about lockdown drills.

It's not unusual for the walls of a kindergarten classroom to be plastered with colorful posters.

A poster in a kindergarten classroom with the words to a rhyming song about a school lockdown is drawing attention on social media.

"The school is doing exactly what they need to be doing, and I am glad for it", she wrote.

The post, written on Wednesday, had been shared more than 8,000 times and retweeted nearly 20,000 times at the time of writing.

The mother said, however, that she is happy to see the strong reaction to her tweet, which has since garnered more than 30,000 likes in one day.

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The poster adorned the wall of a school in Somerville in the state of MA. It's all done.

Now it's time to have some fun!strong>.

On Wednesday, Georgy Cohen, the mother of a child who will be entering kindergarten in the coming school year, shared a gut-wrenching photo of the classroom she visited.

Speaking to The Boston Globe, Cohen said that while she was disturbed by the rhyme, she understood why it was there. "These are the things they, unfortunately, have to do", she said in an interview with the Globe.

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.

But practicing how to survive a school shooting is now also a part of everyday life for some 4- to 5-year-old pupils.

Not everyone, however, agrees, and her post is sparking heated conversations online about the appropriate way to prepare young children for the worst. She urged her followers to talk to legislators about the importance of gun reform.

So far in 2018, the U.S. has experienced 23 school shootings resulting in at least one injury or death. "Stay outraged... I think that that's important", she added. 'It is jarring - it's jarring for students, for educators and for families'.

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