Published: Fri, June 08, 2018
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

Lullaby used to teach kindergarten class about lockdowns

Lullaby used to teach kindergarten class about lockdowns

The rhyme teaches children what to do in case of a lockdown, sung to the tune of "Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star".

'Shut the lights off, say no more.

But a poster in a Somerville, Mass., school caught the attention of Georgy Cohen and her husband, Rick Healey - and it didn't have anything to do with ABCs or washing your hands.

The post garnered a wide response from parents whose children have had similar disguised safety lessons taught at school, including a stealth game which involved children hiding in the corner until it was "safe".

Cohen told the Boston Globe that the "jarring" sign was a far cry from the fire drills she had as a young student. "This poem is an example of how one of our educators used a rhyme to help her young students stay calm and remember the key steps they would need to follow during a drill or real emergency".

A poster made by a Somerville kindergarten teacher - with instructions for her students on what to do during lockdown drills - has generated conflicted feelings and a lot of buzz. "Lockdown lockdown it's all done, now it's time to have some fun", the rhyme, which parents noted was to the tune of "twinkle, twinkle", read.

One Twitter follower responded: "My 4 1/2 year old granddaughter came home from preK, told my daughter they had "bad man practice".

The statement said the poem is an example of how one teacher used a rhyme to help younger students do not forget to stay calm and follow steps during a drill or real emergency.

"This sort of thing really makes me question raising my kids in the U.S.", tweeted one San Francisco-based father.

"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", the statement said.

The tweet has since gone viral, amassing more than 53,000 likes and 23,000 retweets as of early Friday.

They agreed with Cohen's initial assessment of the circumstances, calling the need for lockdowns "jarring" for students, educators, and families.

"Lockdown drills are necessary in this country because until stronger gun reform laws are enacted and the plague of gun violence eradicated, there must be systems in place to keep our schools and students safe", he said. "It was different - we didn't have these same types of threats".

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