A US school is now using a lullaby to teach what to do with shooting shootings

Despair. There’s no other way to describe how this story from the BBC made me feel.

In Massachusetts, a class of five-year-olds are learning this rhyme – set to the lullaby “Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star” – so they know what to do during a school shooting.


The rhyme, which is written in brightly coloured pen and illustrated with cartoons, reads in full:

“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!”


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