Kindergartners sing about lockdowns in 'jarring' nursery rhyme
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A photo of a poster with directions for what kindergartners should do in the event of a lockdown drill — written to the tune of “Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star” — is going viral online.

Georgy Cohen told The Boston Globe she shared the photo on Twitter after coming across the “jarring” poster in her 5-year-old daughter’s classroom at Somerville Public School in Massachusetts.


The poster reads: “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!”

“When I was in kindergarten, we had fire drills. It was different — we didn’t have these same types of threats,” Cohen told the local publication.

Though Cohen said she was pleased the poster shows the school is taking steps to educate her child about what to do in the event of a lockdown, she told The Boston Globe she was taken aback by what she described as a somewhat dystopian display.

“These are the things they unfortunately have to do,” Cohen said. “I get it.” 

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.

“To be shocked by it is important. To see that absurdity and horror and have that sick feeling in your stomach is important,” Cohen said. “Stay outraged. And if it gets somebody to do something — to give money to an organization or to call their representatives ... then great, I think that that’s important.”

Somerville Public School officials have not yet released a statement on the lockdown directions, and it is unclear whether it's mandatory for them to be displayed in the school's classrooms.