"When I was in kindergarten, we had fire drills".
In a haunting twitter post, the mother of a soon-to-be kindergarten student posted a rhyme that had been taped up in their child's classroom telling children to hide and be quiet.
Somerville Mayor Joseph Curtatone and Superintendent of Schools Mary Skipper released a joint statement on Thursday, reflecting on the heightened attention to school safety in the wake of a series of deadly school shootings. Now it's time to have some fun!'
'This should not be handing in my soon-to-be-kindergartener's [sic] classroom, ' Cohen wrote, adding that she didn't blame the school, but the current climate which has already seen 23 school shootings where someone was hurt or killed this year.
Kelda Roys, who is now campaigning for governor of Wisconsin on a gun control platform, recently shared a story about her 3-year-old daughter playing a "game" involving hiding in a corner and remaining quiet.
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"I'm kind of shocked I'm winning a fashion award when I'm naked most of the time", she joked during her acceptance speech. Her mother was sentenced to life in prison in 1996 after aiding in communications for a cocaine trafficking operation.
"It's jarring", Cohen told the Globe in a telephone interview Thursday.
"It was different - we didn't have these same types of threats", she told the newspaper.
However, she made it clear to the Boston Globe. she's not pissed off at the school.
As she put it, "These are the things they unfortunately have to do. To see that absurdity and horror and have that sick feeling in your stomach is important", Cohen said. Nine out of 10 public schools have students and teachers practicing lockdown drills, according to the National Center for Education Statistics. "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". 'It is jarring - it's jarring for students, for educators and for families'.
Not everyone agrees, and her post is sparking heated conversations online about the appropriate way to prepare young kids for the worst.