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Mother Heartbroken After Seeing Rhyme Teaching Kindergartners About Lockdowns

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When we send out children to school, we expect them to be educated in a safe and secure environment.

But with a huge number of school shootings this year alone, parents are more afraid than ever to let their children leave the safety of their home.

Although it's a teacher's duty to protect their students from harm while at school, they have to be prepared to do more than ever before, and it's caught the eye of one Massachusetts mother.

Georgy Cohen was touring a kindergarten classroom to get a sense of what to expect when her young daughter starts attending school. While she saw the typical school supplies scattered across the room, she noticed a lockdown song taped to the chalk board.  

"Lockdown, lockdown, Lock the door

Shut the lights off, Say no more

Go behind the desk and hide

Wait until it’s safe inside

Lockdown, Lockdown it’s all done

Now it’s time to have some fun!"

Horrified by what she saw, Cohen took a picture of the nursery rhyme and posted it on social media. She captioned it: "This should not be hanging in my soon-to-be-kindergartener’s [sic] classroom."

The song, which is meant to be sung to the tune of "Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star," immediately went viral, with thousands of Twitter users voicing their shock over what educators now have to teach their students.

"It’s jarring," Cohen said in an interview with the Boston Globe. "When I was in kindergarten, we had fire drills. It was different — we didn’t have these same types of threats."

However, Cohen made it clear that she was glad the school have been taking preemptive action.

"These are the things they unfortunately have to do. I get it," she continued. "Part of their job is to educate and keep my kids safe and I feel confident they are going to do both of those things to the best of their ability."

Georgy Cohen and her daughter
Georgy Cohen and her daughterGeorgy Cohen/Facebook

"I think that this is a case where our educators are in a new reality, and they are doing the best they can across all different grade levels to ensure they keep students safe," the school board's Superintendent Mary Skipper said.

"We regularly do our lockdown drills, and for our youngest students you have to age-appropriately introduce them to it," she added.

Sadly, these drills have become a necessity now more than ever.

The massacre at a Las Vegas country music festival at Mandalay Bay and a school shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School this past Valentine's Day are only some examples of the terror Americans have been facing on a nearly daily basis.

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